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Oct 09th


Minneapolis Urban League provides SROI even in tough times

In this time of heightened economic uncertainty, rapidly shifting priorities, and fiscal cutbacks, the Minneapolis Urban League (as I am sure has been the case at countless other non-profits), has been continuously reevaluating its programs, processes, and performance management to make certain that our organization is operating efficiently and effectively.

A key area of this organizational reflection is examining social return-on-investment (SROI), program implementation efforts, and associated outcomes in comparison to program dollars received.  We evaluate these parameters on a daily basis. One of our core values is to be a good steward for all of the funding our organization receives.

College access program adds Park Center and Bloomington Kennedy high schools

College access program adds Park Center and Bloomington Kennedy high schoolsAdmission Possible, a nationally recognized non-profit founded in Minnesota making college admission and success possible for low-income students, has expanded into Bloomington and Brooklyn Park. Cohorts of juniors interested in earning a college degree are starting their journey toward higher education at both schools this fall. Historically, 98 percent of Admission Possible students have earned admission to college, and juniors have raised their ACT scores by more than 20 percent.

Forum explores “Racial Equity in Redistricting”

The Metropolitan State University Diversity Learning Task Force and the Center for Community-Based Learning will explore Racial Equity in Redistricting at its first 2011–2012 Hot Topic forum on Monday, Oct. 3, from 4–5:30 p.m. at the Saint Paul Campus, Library and Learning Center, Ecolab Room 302. 

Racial equity gap in educational achievement addressed

Racial equity gap in educational achievement addressedISAIAH, a faith-based community organization of congregations in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud regions working for racial and economic justice held a 300-person public meeting focused on the leadership needed to address both the racial equity gap in educational achievement and to create racially equitable schools on Saturday, September 17.  Joining ISAIAH was Minnesota Commissioner of Education Dr. Brenda Cassellius and superintendents or their representatives from 11 Minnesota urban, suburban, and Greater Minnesota school districts.

The HistoryMakers back to school program

The HistoryMakers back to school program

The HistoryMakers back to school program

As students across the country begin the new school year, Minnesota area HistoryMakers, Tuskegee Airman Joseph Gomer and civil rights activist, academic administrator, and political aide Josie Johnson will join more than 500 African American HistoryMakers nation-wide for the 2nd Annual Back to School With The HistoryMakers program on Friday, September 23, 2011.


Minneapolis One Read for entire community

Minneapolis One Read for entire communityOne Minneapolis, One Read, the first citywide “read,” where the entire community is encouraged to read a single book and join in a community conversation was launched last week by Minneapolis City leaders.

The book selected, The Grace of Silence, was written by NPR host and Minneapolis native Michele Norris. The book is a memoir describing the experience of the Norrises as the first Black family on the block in a south Minneapolis neighborhood in the 1950s.

Harvest Prep Academy students far exceeds state averages in test scores

Harvest Prep Academy students far exceeds state averages in test scoresOne north Minneapolis charter school is proving “What you do most, is what you do best” by exceeding the state averages in the recent results of the Minnesota reading and math assessment tests. In fact, students from Harvest Prep, which serves African American students – 90 percent from low-income families, also are reversing the overall academic achievement disparity between white students and students of color.
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