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Cities United

Group photo of the Brooklyn Park interns working on the Cities United project

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.

National goal

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

Interns

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.

Volunteers wanted

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

More information

This video will show you more about Cities United and the beginnings of the project.

Contact us

City Hall

5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and directions to City Hall

Hours

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday hours

We are closed December 26 and January 2.

Phone and email

Antonio Smith
763-493-8154
Email Antonio Smith

Events

November 15, 2016-December 15, 2016
 
December 22, 2016
CANCELLED
 
January 12, 2017
 
 
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