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Minneapolis In Person Convening Agenda

May 13-15, 2019 | Minneapolis, MN 

 

Day 1 | May 13th  

Location: Youthprise, 3001 Broadway St. NE, Suite #330, Minneapolis, MN 55413 

 

8:30AM to 9:00AM:      Travel to Youthprise

Meet in the hotel lobby at 8:30AM. Breakfast is available at the hotel before we leave. 

9:00AM to 10:30AM:    Welcome and Community Reconnecting 

10:30AM to 10:45AM:   Break 

10:45AM to 11:00AM:   Welcome to Minneapolis 

Brian Paulson, Pohlad Family Foundation 

11:00AM to 12:00PM:    Introduction to Minneapolis 

David Hewitt (Director of Housing Stability for Hennepin County), Mikkel Beckman (past Director) Deb Bahr-Helgen (Workforce Development Board Director for Minneapolis), and Nola Speiser (Workforce Director for Hennepin County suburban area) 

12:00PM to 12:45PM:    Lunch 

12:45PM to 1:15PM:      Race Equity in MN 

David Hewitt (Director of Housing Stability for Hennepin County) and Alex Tittle (Hennepin County Racial Disparity Director)

1:30PM to 2:30PM:        Foundations and Race Equity in MN 

 Marcus Pope (Youthprise) and Anita Patel (Bush Foundation) 

2:30PM to 2:45PM:        Break

2:45PM to 3:45PM:        Facilitated Activity and Small Group Discussion 

3:45PM to 4:00PM:        Reflections and Closing 

 

Day | May 14th  

Location: YouthLink41 North 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403 

 

8:30AM to 9:00AM:      Travel to YouthLink

Meet in the hotel lobby at 8:30AM. Breakfast is available at the hotel before we leave. 

9:00AM to 9:30AM:       Reflections from the previous day 

9:30AM to 10:00AM:     The Evolution of Employment and Housing Integration

Heidi Boyd and Brian Paulson 

10:00AM to 10:30AM:    Exploring MN’s Strategies of Integrating Employment and Housing 

Representatives will be present from The Link, Goodwill Easter Seals, Avivo, HC Shelter Team, and Oasis. 

10:30AM to 10:45PM:     Break 

10:45PM to 11:30PM:     Exploring MN’s Strategies of Integrating Employment and Housing Continue

11:30PM to 12:00PM:     Sustaining The Work That Has Begun 

12:00PM to 12:15PM:     Q&A 

12:15PM to 1:00PM:       Lunch 

1:00PM to 2:30PM:         Funders Role in MN  

Brian Paulson (Pohlad Family Foundation), Ellen Waters (Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network), and Heading Home MN

2:30PM to 2:45PM:        Break 

2:45PM to 3:45PM:        Facilitated Activity and Small Group Discussion 

3:45PM to 4:00PM:        Reflections and Closing 

 

Day | May 15th  

Location:  Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Dory Board Room)

 

8:30AM to 9:00AM:       Travel 

9:00AM to 9:30AM:       Opening and reflections from the previous day 

9:30AM to 10:30AM:     Federal and State Policy

Jennifer Ho (Minnesota Housing)

10:30AM to 11:30AM:      SNAP E&T

Tikki Brown (MN SNAP E&T)  

11:30AM to 12:00PM:     Facilitated Discussion 

12:00PM to 12:45PM:     Working Lunch: Discussion on policy recommendations presented by the work group 

12:45PM to 1:00PM:       Evaluation and Closing 


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