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YCB In The News

Welcome to the YCB News!

In this section you will find archived newsletters and community write-ups on YCB as well as issues and events pertaining to Minneapolis Youth.

Statement of Welcoming

Thursday, March 9, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) – The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and the Minneapolis Youth Congress joined forces Thursday evening in an effort to share their perspectives on making Minneapolis a welcoming city for refugees and immigrants in the wake of White House executive orders. Despite the recent delay due to judicial action, youth from the MYC and elected officials from the YCB felt it was imperative to release a Statement of Welcoming to not only highlight the  issue but to show their solidarity and support to refugee and immigrant families during this time.

Elected officials in attendance were Mayor Betsy Hodges, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, City Council member and YCB Chair Cam Gordon and Hennepin County Commissioners Marion Greene and Peter McLaughlin as well as Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson.

The YCB and MYC were recently featured on KSTP's 10pm news following its Statement of Welcoming  press event Thursday, March 9, 2017. The report on the special event can be found 9:53 minutes into the news broadcast above.

Straight-talking youth workers save lives, keep peace in streets and classrooms

CityPagesAmjed Yussuf dashes down Hennepin Avenue, his chest emblazoned with a big yellow circle around a red star.

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RAGE Team Turning Troubled Young Lives Around

The conversation on the corner near Fifth Street and Hennepin Avenue has happened here over and over again.

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Mpls. Police bringing back SafeZone patrols

MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis Police are bringing back the SafeZone patrol project this summer.

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Henry High School Strives to Enlighten Young Males at its "100 Black Men Strong" Event

Patrick Henry High School had an estimated 100 black male professionals and 285 male scholars show up to its first ever "100 Black Men Strong" event Friday, Nov. 6. The goal was to engage Henry students with black male mentors from around the Twin Cities representing a countless number of careers.

After the success of a similar event at the school last year held in conjunction with the Minneapolis Public Schools now defunct office of Equity and Diversity, its former head James Burroughs reached out to MPS Black Male Student Achievement  coordinator Christopher Flemings and Henry's new principal Yusuf Abdullah to continue the great work of mentoring today's youth.

"Stand out moments to me included seeing men from the community teaching the young men how to tie a tie and having very genuine and organic conversations and connections," said Henry's Northside Achievement Zone academic navigator Tameika Williams. "Some men even pledged to donate and sponsor an athlete at Henry who has been invited to compete for the US overseas."

The purpose was for the mentors and students to establish long-term relationships based on careers and career aspirations. Williams said in the future it may be a good idea to have a daylong retreat allowing the black professionals and scholars more time to engage.