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Dec 21st

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The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Youth Literacy Plus Program

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Youth Literacy Plus Program (SYLP) is a year-round program for elementary and secondary education students from high-poverty neighborhoods. Volunteers are needed to assist students with reading, writing, and math skills as well as supervise extra-curricular activities such as arts and crafts, field trips, and recreational sports. Students meet at McDonough Community Center, 1544 Timberlake Road, St. Paul, MN.

Elementary Education students meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15 – 6 p.m. Secondary Education students meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. These newer immigrants have limited English-speaking skills. Volunteers will not only assist them with their homework but also with general life issues, such as job and college searches. Volunteers attend a two-hour orientation. Contact Nicki Hyser, Volunteer Coordinator:

Nicola.Hyser@CO.RAMSEY.MN.US
or call 651-266-9373 (office); 651-248-2430 (cell).
 

Are you gonna stand with Obama?

For the Democrats’ Black partisans the message is simple: Stand With President Obama, Vote November 2.

Leading Democrats are betting that if the midterms are a “referendum on Obama” they like their odds with the party’s African American base.   Nine out of every ten African Americans have an unwavering loyalty towards the Democratic Party.  So, to tap into President Barack Obama's high approval rating among Blacks the head of Democratic National Committee (DNC) has approved a $2 million advertising outreach effort among African Americans for the 2010 November midterm elections.  The ad-buy says: "Stand With President Obama. Vote November 2."
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Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative celebrates five years

Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative celebrates five yearsThe Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has reduced the average daily population of the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) from 95 to 44 youth, a total decline of 54 percent from 2005 through 2009, announced JDAI.

Hennepin County's JDAI, modeled after the goal of the national JDAI vision, is a collaborative effort of the courts, probation, police, county attorneys, public defenders, schools, human services, and community members to create an effective, fair, and efficient juvenile justice system that produces positive outcomes for youth, while at the same time protecting public safety.
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Receive a gift card for recycling a thermostat at a Hennepin County drop-off facility

Residents can save energy by replacing a traditional thermostat with a programmable thermostat encourages Hennepin County and Covanta Energy Corporation. Homeowners can save about $180 a year by using a programmable thermostat. Old thermostats contain mercury and must not be placed in the trash, but should be recycled. 

As a thank you for recycling those old thermostats, Covanta Energy is offering a $5 Menards gift card to residents to help reduce the cost of purchasing a programmable thermostat.
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Challenge grant raises dollars and awareness for MN food shelves

September is national Hunger Action Month, and two Minnesota organizations have joined forces to address hunger locally. Hunger Solutions Minnesota and Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless are offering a $100,000 challenge grant for food shelves to raise dollars and awareness in their local communities.

Colleen Moriarty, executive director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, says hunger in the state has risen, with food shelf use up sharply since the recession began.
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2nd annual Twin City Health Summit

Studies continue to show African-Americans at greater risk of developing cancers and of finding cancers at later stages. This is why the American Cancer Society, along with NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Kappa Alpha Psi–St. Paul/Mpls Alumni Chapter, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority–Mpls/St. Paul Alumnae Chapter are holding the 2nd annual Twin City Health Summit, on September 25, at UROC, 2001 Plymouth Avenue in North Minneapolis. Preventing cancer throughout the community will be the focus as local area residents will get practical and innovative tips to stay well and get well.
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Summit Academy OIC hosts Community Health Fair Open House for low income community residents

Students from Summit Academy OIC, located at 935 Olson Memorial Highway, in Minneapolis are hosting a Community Health Fair Friday, October 15, 1 – 3 pm to educate low-income community residents and minorities about a variety of health issues including diabetes, heart disease, low birth weight prevention, sexually transmitted diseases and obesity.
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