ReCAST Minneapolis Updates

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October 12

Black Stones

Capacity Building Institute: Join Us for Kente Circle Training Institute

ReCAST Minneapolis is partnering with Kente Circle Training Institute for their sixth annual fall conference, Healing in Community: Shifting the Burden of Dismantling Systemic Racism.

Nov. 2-3 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N., Shoreview

Participant qualifications

  • Live or work in Cedar Riverside neighborhood or North or South Minneapolis
  • Work in the African American and American Indian Community
  • You are a faith based leader, community cultural leader/healer, or someone who works with youth and their family

More information

To sign up, please email your name, organization/affiliation, contact number, and dietary restrictions to

Save the Date for Phase 2

Phase 2 of the Capacity Building Institute will begin in January of 2018 utilizing the services of Simmons Consulting, Abdur Kasim C, Kwanzaa and Irreducible Grace. Phase II will consist of two tracks; one for those who work with adults and another for those who work with youth.

Stay tuned for more details and information to come!

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Somali Community Engagement RFQ

The City of Minneapolis is committed to healing and resilience grounded in the evidence of cultural experience and practice. The City invites qualified collaborations to develop and implement a community engagement strategy that will increase the understanding of the way that trauma shows up in the Somali community and will promote community based solutions that foster increased capacity towards health, healing, and resilience. We specifically seek proposals from engagement teams that are able to intentionally think about the use of video and media tools in order to engage this population.

Somali Community Engagement RFQ (PDF 0.43 MB)

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Trauma Training for City Employees Underway

This week CLUES will be presenting on Secondary and Vicarious trauma to City of Minneapolis employees.The first two classes, Introduction to Trauma and Paradoxical Power of Healing, were filmed and are available through the ReCAST Minneapolis SharePoint site.

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Psychological First Aid Training for City Staff

Psychological First Aid training is being offered to first point of contact staff and leaders. This training is meant for a variety of staff including housing inspectors, community engagement specialists, 911 and 311 operators and others. Cultural, somatic and psychological first aid is an evidence-based, trauma-informed approach built on the idea of human resilience.

Goals and outcomes include:

  • Better City responsiveness when navigating trauma and civil restlessness issues.
  • Better City responsiveness to communities of color as it relates to trauma and civil unrest.
  • Better educational knowledge relating to health, productivity and quality of life for employees.

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The Equity and Inclusion Team Talks About Trauma and Equity 

At the Government Alliance on Race and Equity's (GARE) midwest convening of members, the Minneapolis Equity and Inclusion team gave a presentation recapping the ReCAST Minneapolis efforts around stress and trauma. After a brief introduction and overview of the ReCAST program, the team discussed the collaboration efforts after the Philando Castile verdict was announced. The other jurisdictions in the room were asked about their Critical Incident Response protocols and the team was able to collect data based on their answers. The team also shared self-care strategies with the audience and discussed the training being offered to City staff around trauma and the immigrant and refugee communities.

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Madison Presentation

Community Events

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STAR-Lite Training: Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience

Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
1450 Energy Park Drive, Afton Room, 1st floor, Saint Paul

STAR-Lite is a single-day research and practice-supported peacebuilding training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. The training enables people to become trauma-informed, resilience-oriented, and restorative justice-focused.

More information

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Baraza - A Black Woman's Health Gathering

On Beyond Trauma: Creating Safe Spaces to Heal

An invitation to dialogue with community health, faith-based and government organizations to address our urgent health agenda.

Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
High School for Recording Arts - 1166 University Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Baraza: A Black Woman's Health Gathering is a community-driven event and growing movement of black women focused on improving the health and wellness of Twin Cities African/American women. The African American Leadership Forum's Health & Wellness work group invites you to join us and get empowered to commit to being healthy mentally and physically with this year's theme, "On Beyond Trauma: Creating Safe Spaces To Heal."

More information

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Mental Well-Being and Resilience Learning Community

Last Tuesday of each month - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Health leads a monthly opportunity for anyone who is interested in building resilience and promoting mental well-being.

More information and registration

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About ReCAST Minneapolis

The Resilience in Communities After Stress & Trauma (ReCAST) Minneapolis Program is funded through a multi-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). ReCAST Minneapolis is intended to assist high-risk youth and families, and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through the implementation of evidence-based violence prevention and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services. SAMHSA created the ReCAST Program to support communities that have lived through demonstrations of mass protest in response to police-involved shootings of unarmed African-American males. 

For more information, please email

This update was developed [in part] under grant number 1H79SM063520-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS. 

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