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High school students fill gap in coverage of their Minneapolis neighborhood through community-driven newspaper

From the Star Tribune: When the 21 students huddle for their story meetings, they pitch stories on culture and sports, and propose ideas grounded in their own experience. (pdf)

We have embraced our partnership with the North News working closely with Kenzie O’Keefe on the Summer Eats Minnesota mobile app—focus groups at North High, editorial content and advertising since it’s 2017 launch. The app helps kids and the adults in their lives locate free summer meals. Excellent national model for student engagement and authentic community perspective!


Cutting 700,000 Americans from SNAP will increase health costs

The final rule released this week would make it more difficult for states to waive SNAP work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents in areas where there are few jobs available. The change would have the effect of cutting 700,000 American adults from SNAP starting April 1st. Many are non-custodial parents or other family members who help support the children in their lives.

The mission of the United States Department of Agriculture, which oversees SNAP, is to “do right and feed everyone.” The Trump administration’s rule to cut people from SNAP does wrong. Story continues.


Walz, Flanagan Announce Appointments to Advisory Councils Focused on Improving Lives of Children

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Today, Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced appointments to the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Council and the State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care. Story continues


Kids of Color Often Shut Out of High-Quality State Preschool, Research Says

A study of 26 states and their preschool programs finds that as of roughly two years ago, a mere 1 percent of Latino children and just 4 percent of black children in those states were enrolled in “high-quality” state-backed early-learning opportunities.

That’s one main conclusion from a new report from the Education Trust, an education civil rights advocacy group. “Young Learners, Missed Opportunities: Ensuring That Black and Latino Children Have Access to High-Quality State-Funded Preschool,” which was released on Wednesday, also says that “no state with a substantial percentage of black or Latino children provides high access to a high-quality program for both 3- and 4-year-olds.”


Brighter Ideas for Minnesota’s Future – StarTribune – December 2, 2018

On talent and innovation, our state has fallen behind. Here‘s how we can re-energize.


Affordable Housing At Risk 

The Twin Cities faces a severe housing crisis – and when apartment complexes are sold and re-marketed as luxury rentals, thousands of people are displaced, a trend that impacts communities of color more than any other.

Click here to watch the video produced by TPT – Twin Cities PBS in collaboration with Minnesota Housing Partnership covering the story.


Here’s How We Solve Our Food Waste Problem

“Food waste is getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reason. No matter how you slice it, the statistics are downright alarming. The world produces 17% more food than it did 30 years ago, yet almost half of it never reaches our bellies.”

Click here to view an article from Forbes by Michael Pellman Rowland discussing Food Waste.

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