Summer 612

Summer 612 is a a micro grant program begun in 2011 to address the Blueprint for Action's goal # 4: Recognize that violence is learned and can be unlearned by reducing the impact of violent messages in our media, culture and entertainment.

The City of Minneapolis' Blueprint for Action is a nationally recognized public health approach to youth violence prevention.

The goal of Summer 612 is to directly engage at least 1,000 Minneapolis youth through several youth-led micro grant projects. In addition to raising awareness of youth violence, this grant program enables youth to develop unique job skills while interacting with professionals in a specific industry.

A total of eight groups worked on projects in three categories:

  • documentary film
  • visual arts
  • performance

Each project allowed youth to reflect on their personal efforts to address the culture of violence. By sharing their work with friends, family and other peers they hope to make an impact in the fight to end youth violence. Funding support for Summer 612 was made possible by the Minneapolis Department of Health.

All of the projects were featured on September 22, 2012 in a final showcase event at the Minneapolis Central Library.

To view the Summer 612 videos - visit the City's YouTube channel!

View photos from the event.

Last updated May 1, 2013