Reducing violence among African American men and boys
Cities United is a national network of mayors who are committed to developing and implementing plans working in partnership with community leaders, families, youth, philanthropy, government officials and other stakeholders to reduce the epidemic of murders among African American men and boys.
The organization is a collective of more than 80 mayors, including our own Mayor Jeffrey Lunde, who are on a mission to stop the unprecedented and devastating loss of lives in cities throughout America. They are committed to ensuring that hope is restored to their communities and providing pathways to justice, employment, education and increased opportunities for residents.
Reduce violence by 50 percent by the year 2020, in each of the participating cities.
Brooklyn Park goals
Brooklyn Park has a specific set a goals that they want their residents to meet. Brooklyn Park set these goals to improve the city and ultimately improve the country.
All youth graduate from high school
All youth out of school are employed
All youth remain safe from violence/crime and have a second chance
Community Liaison Antonio Smith will led six interns throughout the year. These interns are working towards accomplishing My Brother’s Keeper and Cities United goals to decrease violence and improve the success rate for young people.
This year's interns are: Kimberly ZayZay, A.J. Jalloh, Dawda Tourey, Tyler Miller, Kevin Nash, and Christina Hicks.
Read more about the 2016 Cities United interns
Projects for 2016
Some of the upcoming project events the interns are looking forward to are:
Young and older adults on the move inclusion project
Quantitative research project using Fire Department data
Assisting at the Eidem Farm concert series
Helping residents complete the absentee ballot process and
National Night Out on August 2
About My Brother's Keeper
My Brother's Keeper is an organization that helps young men and boys of color stay on track by providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. This program wants to eliminate disparities in outcomes for boys and young men of color. They have goals and milestones that they are looking forward to meeting.
As part of a local effort, the Mayor and city staff are looking for volunteers to participate in helping the cause. You are an ideal candidate if you want to:
Be part of a city-wide work group to improve outcomes
Help implement strategies that lead to reduce violence amongst African-American men and boys
Just want to stay informed of our progress
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.