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BUILD Gang Prevention and Intervention Curriculum

The Minneapolis Health Department received a grant for 2013 through the Minnesota Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee to implement the BUILD ("Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development") curriculum. BUILD is a promising practice program model recommended by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and is being implemented in partnership with BUILD Chicago and various Minneapolis groups and organizations.

The mission of the initiative is to engage youth in the schools and on the streets so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety, and well-being of our communities.  The target population is youth at various stages of gang involvement and affiliation, between the ages of 8-17 years old.  The Minneapolis BUILD model focuses on two components:

Both curriculums provide positive youth development activities, community resource development, adult mentoring relationships, and intervention/rehabilitation with adjudicated youth. 

The curriculum is user friendly and encourages full participation by the youth and facilitator.  The key outcomes of the programs are to create self-awareness, understand positive and negative influences of their neighborhood, build decision making skills, develop positive relationships, build negotiating skills, understand emotions, and learn goal setting.  The curriculum also discusses issues dealing with drug use/abuse. 

All of the partners in this grant initiative have participated in the training on the BUILD curriculum. Currently the curriculum is being taught at 3 different out-of-school-time sites to students ranging from 9-17 years of age.  We are currently partnering with the Ending Youth Violence Roundtable, Youth Police Dialogues, and hte Northside Youth Collaborative.  We are also interested in training other after-school programs, out-of-school sites, community-based agencies, youth programs, and other youth organizations.  Our goal is to reach as many Minneapolis youth as possible with anti-gang messaging and resources to develop positive relationship-building skills. 

For more information, contact:
Wendell Johnson
BUILD Coordinator
wendell.johnson@minneapolismn.gov
612.673.3749

 

 

 

Last updated Jul. 26, 2013