Victory for Equity at the Legislature

Published on July 18, 2016 | Written by

The 2016 session of the Minnesota Legislature was fast and furious – and ultimately productive for our state. A big focus of the session was equity – how the legislature could help reduce the racial and economic disparities we face in Minnesota. Governor Dayton called for a $100 million investment to address equity. Ultimately, the legislature approved $35 million, which will hopefully not be the last word on this important topic.

We were pleased to see a number of Youthprise partners and grantees included in the final bill, including:

The Sanneh Foundation: $1.5 million to provide all-day, in-school, and afterschool academic and behavioral interventions for low-performing and chronically absent students with a focus on low-income students and students of color through youth mentorship, behavior support, and academic tutoring.

Girls in Action: $1.5 million to provide and to expand school and community-based programs that encourage and support low-income girls, including low-income girls of color, to graduate from high school on time, complete a post-secondary preparation program, become community leaders, and participate in service learning opportunities in their communities.

Emerge Community Development: $4.25 million in 2017 and $2 million in 2018-2019 for services targeting Minnesota communities with the highest concentrations of African and African-American joblessness, to provide employment readiness training, credentialed training placement, job placement and retention services.

Northside Funders Group (c/o The Minneapolis Foundation): $1 million per year in 2017, 2018 and 2019 for a strategic intervention program designed to target and connect program participants to meaningful, sustainable living-wage employment.

Somali Youth Development: $2 million for positive youth development, community engagement, legal services, and capacity building for community-based organizations serving Somali youth, including youth engagement, prevention, and intervention activities that help build the resiliency of the Somali Minnesotan community and address challenges facing Somali youth. Of this amount, $1 million is for a grant to Youthprise, which will administer an RFP process to re-grant these dollars to organizations serving Somali youth and $1 million will be administered directly by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative: $177,000
Northside Achievement Zone: $1,210,000
Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood: $1,210,000
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