Powerful People Building Healthy Communities

A Public Work Institute, hosted by the Center for Democracy and Citizenship

Saturday, October 6, 2007

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Map and Parking

There is no cost to register for the event, but RSVPs are requested to by Monday, October 1. For more information, contact Kristin Farrell at 612-625-0142.

People in Minnesota have talents, creativity, and energy to contribute to building healthy communities. This Public Work Institute is an opportunity for a diverse group of Minnesotans – young people, legislators, veterans, teachers, new immigrants, and others – to come together for learning and teaching, to build relationships and power, and to commit to doing public work based on self-interest.

The Center for Democracy and Citizenship is hosting this institute as part of a long-term effort called Minnesota Works Together. We welcome the diversity of cultures, values, beliefs and strategies that create the debate, passion, and new ideas needed to build the healthy communities that we all deserve.

9:00 a.m. – Registration and continental breakfast

General Mills Community Room (L3100), Wheelock Whitney Library

9:30 a.m. – Welcome – Danielle Peterson, Minnesota organizer for Public Achievement, Center for Democracy and Citizenship


Harry Boyte, co-director, Center for Democracy and Citizenship

Minnesota State Representative Kate Knuth (New Brighton)

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – A Powerful Role-play (in groups of 20)

11:30 a.m. – Lunch

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Choose one of the following break-out sessions:

Youth Film Festival Teens and young adults from St. Paul and Minneapolis will share their experiences using documentary filmmaking to organize young people and engage members of the community in dialogue. They will discuss an opportunity to plan and organize a youth film festival in spring 2008.

SPEAC and Second Shift Youth Commission Planning Meeting Two youth organizing groups, SPEAC (Sustainable Progress through Engaging Active Citizens) and the Second Shift Youth Commission, will come together to plan a youth organizing workshop for later this fall. SPEAC is based at Hope Community Inc. in Minneapolis, and the Youth Commission is part of the city of Saint Paul’s Second Shift Commission, which aims to extend learning beyond the school day.

Citizen Environmentalists Working Together for a Healthy Minnesota Kate Knuth Kate Knuth, a citizen legislator and environmental educator, will engage citizen activists who want to partner with elected officials in working to protect and enhance Minnesota’s natural environment.

Public Achievement Workshop Do you want to make change, but aren’t sure how to begin? At this workshop you’ll learn how to identify an issue you care about, narrow it to a problem, and develop a realistic project to address the problem.

Warrior to Citizen campaign After thousands of Minnesotans returned home this summer from military service in Iraq and Afghanistan, people across the state began asking themselves how they can support local veterans with the newest challenge they face: the difficult transition from warrior to citizen. In response, a growing coalition of individuals and organizations has created the Warrior to Citizen campaign. This grassroots effort aims to provide enduring community support for all of Minnesota’s returning veterans and their families, and to challenge citizens at the community level to find ways to tap the skills and experience recent veterans have to offer. Learn more about reintegration issues, and how you can bring the Warrior to Citizen campaign to your community.

1:30 p.m. – Report back – what action are you going to take? – Chaka Mkali, teen coordinator and adult and youth organizer, Hope Community Inc.

1:45 p.m. – Public evaluation of the day – Nickia Jensen, Student Committee on Public Engagement, Minneapolis Community and Technical College

2:00 p.m. – Adjourn


There is no cost to register for the event, but RSVPs are requested to by Monday, October 1.


The event will be held in the Wheelock Whitney Library, which is a glass building facing Hennepin Ave. Parking information

A number of Metro Transit buses stop on Hennepin Ave. in front of the MCTC campus. For bus information, visit

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs