Join in Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week events Aug. 23-29

August 20, 2021

The City of Minneapolis is supporting Youth Violence Prevention Week 2.0 as summer ends and the school year approaches. Activities and events Aug. 23-29 will encourage the start of a healthy and safe school year.

Youth Violence Prevention Week helps call attention to the issue of youth violence, identifies strategies to combat this public health epidemic, and promotes the positive roles young people and adults can play in making their communities and schools safer.

Schedule of events

  • Community BBQ hosted by EMERGE North 4 Project Youth
    12-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24
    EMERGE Career & Technology Center, 1834 Emerson Ave. N.
    This event will feed the community, build good will between youth and adults, and serve as an opportunity to distribute food and supplies to the community, highlight nonviolence, and promote COVID-19 safety and vaccination information.
  • Open Mic & Healing Circle hosted by Lieutenant Sunnie
    5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25
    Youthlink MN, 41 N. 12th St.
    Open mic and healing circle event where young people can have open space to sing, dance, rap, vent, journal, “be” without expectation, and focus on positivity.
  • Movies in The Park hosted by T.O.U.C.H Outreach & Corcoran Neighborhood Organization
    7:30 p.m. or dusk Wednesday, Aug. 25
    Corcoran Park, 3334 20th Ave. S. 
    Family-friendly movie in the park with free snacks and drinks to provide an intergenerational opportunity for the community to have a safe and fun night, engaging and building together.
  • Community BBQ hosted by EMERGE North 4 Program
    12-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26
    EMERGE Career & Technology Center, 1834 Emerson Ave. N.
    This event will feed the community, build good will between youth and adults, highlight nonviolence, and promote COVID-19 safety and vaccination information.
  • Community Play Date hosted by Hennepin Theatre Trust 
    3-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26
    St. Anne’s Family Shelter, 2634 Russell Ave. N.
    The event will feature giant games, a bubble machine, and snacks to promote fun and positive activities for young people.
  • 2021 Basketball Tournament hosted by EMERGE
    12-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27
    Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center, 505 15th Ave. S.
    The event will feature food, highlight nonviolence, and promote COVID-19 safety and vaccination information.
  • Peace Treaty Glenwood hosted by Innovative SOULutions
    3-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27
    Glenwood Ave & Morgan avenues north
    The event will feature a 3-point contest, free food and prize giveaways, violence prevention and safety information, small Black-owned businesses and local artists, and grief and healing resources.
  • Movies in The Park hosted by T.O.U.C.H Outreach & Corcoran Neighborhood Organization
    7:30 p.m. or dusk Friday, Aug. 27
    Corcoran Park, 3334 20th Ave. S. 
    The event will feature a family-friendly movie in the park with free snacks and drinks to provide an intergenerational opportunity for the community.
  • 7th Annual Backpack Giveaway hosted by Brothers EMPowered
    12-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28
    2200 Fremont Ave. N.
    Community event to prepare youth for a successful school year featuring free backpacks and school supplies, refreshments, and masks.
  • Hopewell Summer Celebration by Hopewell Music Cooperative - North
    1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28
    Webber Park, 4300 Webber Parkway
    The event will feature a partnership with Strong Roots Foundation, Appetite for Change, North United Methodist Church, Camden Collective, Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis School of New Music, and THUNDERWALL for an afternoon filled with free food, henna, bouncy houses, and other fun summertime activities. There will be free school supplies for all Northside students.
  • Stop the Violence Kickball hosted by Urban Youth Conservation
    1-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28
    Harrison Park, 503 Irving Ave. N.
    This intergenerational event will bring the community together through a kickball tournament. There will be free food, prizes, backpacks, and school supplies. 
  • Basketball & BBQ Part II hosted by Change Starts with Community
    1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29
    Shiloh Temple, 1201 West Broadway Ave.
    A youth event featuring outreach, basketball, BBQ, kids arts table, jump ropes, prizes, and school supplies outdoors on the lot of Shiloh Temple to promote awareness about violence against youth in North Minneapolis.
  • Guns Down So Kids Can Bike hosted by Black Lives the Streets
    1-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29
    Bohanon Park, 4917 Bryant Ave. N.
    Bike Rally with community featuring food and youth activities.

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