“It Pays to Change Kingfield” is a summer project for teens (14-18) to build leadership skills and solve issues in the community. A cash stipend will be paid to selected participants in the program, and an end-of-session camping trip is included as part of program!

 How do YOU get involved? Show up and take part in the Interview Challenge!

The Interview Challenge is open to all youth in south Minneapolis ages 14-18. If you have an interest in being involved in this summer program, please just show up. This four-hour leadership experience will challenge you to think about your relationship to your community and your peers. This experience will help you to decide if you are ready for the summer program, “It Pays to Change Kingfield.” You will meet other young people in your community who may share your passions and interests, in addition to meeting local college students who are interested in building a relationship with you! Change starts with you, and now is your time to shine! 

Interview Challenge

Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, June 26
Place: MLK Rec Center, 4055 Nicollet Avenue South

The program itself will be every Tuesday and Thursday , July 6–August 24th; exact times are still up in the air, but we are looking at late morning/early afternoon before 3 p.m.

This program is run by Project Footsteps and supported by the Kingfield Neighborhood Association, MLK Park YouthLine, and a grant from the Center of Urban and Regional Affairs. Project Footsteps was founded in August of 2005 with the goal of helping young people recognize they must take ownership of bettering their communities, themselves, and their world, while inspiring, empowering, and preparing youth to be agents of change, social leaders, and volunteers.

Questions should be directed to:

Kyle Rucker, Director
Project Footsteps, Inc
Office: 612-353-6927   
kyle@projectfootsteps.org
www.projectfootsteps.org

Friday, June 4th

 7:30am – 9am

Turtle Bread 48th & Chicago

Join Council Member Elizabeth Glidden & Representative Jeff Hayden for a special community forum to meet and ask questions of the candidates for the Minneapolis School Board.  More information forthcoming!

Thursday evening May 27th, 6:30PM, multi-purpose room

If a daytime performance works better for you, you are also welcome to join the student and staff audience when the concert is performed at 1:45 PM on Tuesday June 1st.  Read more

Sunday May 23, 4-6 PM, MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet

Come celebrate and create connections in our community with food, spoken word and hip hop by Mike Dreams, raffles, and info on this new teen program in Kingfield!  All families, business owners, teens, and those curious about social interaction and creating change should attend!

Read more about the program here!

June 19, 3-6 PM, 4244 Nicollet Avenue South

Bringing together dogs and humans for an afternoon of fun to build our community and raise funds for the organizing efforts of the proposed Kingfield Dogpark!  Cash bar available, including specially brewed ‘Hound Dog Ale’ from Vine Park Brewery, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks for dogs and humans.

Dogs are welcome (of course!) but not required.  All attending dogs must come with a leash, however.  Professional photo opportunity for you and your dog available on–site for donation.

Event sponsored by Rau+Barber, Victor’s 1959 Café, Anodyne@ 43rd, Vine Park Brewery, and a growing list of sponsors!

Questions? Contact dogpark@kingfield.org or 612.823.5980 or visit www.kingfield.org/dog-park .

By Jake Weyer, SW Journal

Neighborhood leaders sometimes struggle to find ways to really connect with young people, especially teenagers.

That has been the case in Kingfield for years, where ideas to involve youth have generally been less than exciting, including one recent pitch to have teens rake lawns for senior citizens.

“We’ve tried organizing with youth before, but we’ve never really found a way to get them engaged beyond a single project,” said Sarah Linnes-Robinson, executive director of the Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA). “People often talk about youth as a resource without understanding how they might think of themselves.”

Read more here!

By Dylan Thomas, SW Journal

Families at Lyndale Community School started a twice-weekly walking bus this spring with help from a $1,000 Safe Routes to School mini-grant.

Lyndale parent Scott Bordon organized four walking bus routes led by parent volunteers that pick up students within several blocks of the school. Bordon applied for and won the mini-grant, one of just 25 awarded nationally this spring by the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

Read more here!

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