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Welcome the Brooklyn Park Cities United interns

July 1, 2016 12:16 PM
Group photo of the Brooklyn Park interns working on the Cities United project
Cities United interns
© City of Brooklyn Park

Kimberly ZayZay, A.J. Jalloh, Dawda Tourey, Tyler Miller, Kevin Nash, and Christina Hicks are 2016 Cities United interns for the City of Brooklyn Park led by their supervisor, Antonio Smith, a Community Liaison at the City of Brooklyn Park.

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.

Projects for 2016

Some of the upcoming project events the 2016 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 the interns (as pictured left to right)

Kimberly ZayZay will be a sophomore at Park Center Senior High School in Brooklyn Park. Her interests are music and art. She hopes to be a professional vocalist someday. She loves working with the City of Brooklyn Park and Cities United.

A.J. Jalloh is a 17-year-old who will be attending Park Center Senior High this upcoming fall. He plays basketball and football at his school. He loves art and history and is pursuing his dream of being an architect someday.

Dawda Tourey is a 20 year old songwriter and singer, who enjoys watching and playing basketball and football.

Tyler Miller is a junior at Brooklyn Center High School. He is happy to be one of the Cities United interns, and can’t wait to learn more about what the City of Brooklyn Park has to offer.

Kevin Nash is an inspiring singer and musician. He is going to St. Paul College to get his generals and then transfer to the University of Minnesota to get his surgical density license.

Christina Hicks is a senior at Osseo Senior High. She is excited to be working toward Brooklyn Park’s 2025 vision. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with the youth.

About the Cities United national movement

Cities United is a national movement focused on eliminating the violence in American cities related to African American men and boys. The estimated 80 mayors participating in Cities United intend to reduce violence by 50% by the year 2020, in each of their cities. Moreover, they are committed to restoring hope to their communities and building pathways to justice, employment, education, and increased opportunities for residents.

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.

Brooklyn Park's goals

Brooklyn Park has a different set a goals that they want their residents to meet. Brooklyn Park set these goals to improve their 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

More information

Visit Cities United




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