Renewing Hope in the Promise of Minnesota’s Youth: A Black History Month Celebration

Published on January 16, 2013 | Written by

February 26-27, 2013

Renewing Hope in the Promise of Minnesota’s Youth is an opportunity to commemorate Black History Month with a series of events that embrace the insight, resourcefulness, and energy of today’s youth, while also tapping into the strengths of African American culture and history. Youthprise will bring people together across cultural and generational lines to collectively address how African American cultural strengths and lessons from history can be used to address disparities in opportunities and outcomes for under-engaged youth. Dr. Joseph L. White, Ph.D., pioneer in the field of Black psychology, perennial voice for youth empowerment, and strong advocate for leadership development among Black and Latino youth, will be a featured guest throughout the 2-day celebration. His keynote presentation, remarks, and facilitated dialogues over the course of the 2 days will focus on Discovering, Rediscovering and Utilizing the Strengths of the Past to Take Control of Our Destiny as African American Youth in the 21st Century. Read Dr. White’s full biography.

Renewing Hope in the Promise of Minnesota’s Youth will include events that are designed to reposition Black culture as a strength toward building and supporting the academic success and leadership capacity of youth. The 2-day itinerary features special events for our invited partners, including a Philanthropy Breakfast and a Parent Forum. For details on all the events see the program overview. The keynote address given by Dr. Joseph White will be at our Community Forum, which is open to the public.

The Community Forum will be youth-directed and will include a range of presentations and performances by local youth involved in out-of-school time programs. Local sheroes and heroes will be honored for their work in building the capacity of young people in our local community. The program will close with an intergenerational choir comprised of the Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness and Coon Rapids High School Gospel Choir (recently featured on Channel 4 News).

  • Date: February 27th, 2013
  • Time: 4:30pm – 5:10pm – Healthy Snacks Served, 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Program
  • Location: Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street #200 Minneapolis, MN 55409
  • To register go here.

Renewing Hope in the Promise of Minnesota’s Youth was launched in 2012 through a partnership between Youthprise and the Cultural Wellness Center.  The Cultural Wellness Center is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to developing cultural approaches for positively impacting health and health care, economic development, and community building. The Center engages people in using culture as a resource for taking responsibility for their own health and well-being. To achieve its mission of unleashing the power of citizens to heal themselves, the organization works with individuals, communities, families, and professionals, and partners with academic institutions, government agencies, philanthropists, and other non-profits.


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