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“A reality in today’s times”…

“A reality in today’s times”…

STEP-UP youth working with the Cultural Wellness Center and the Backyard Initiative learned about cultural self-study, cultural leadership development, and cultural financial literacy. Below are some of the direct quotes from this discussion towards the end of their summer tenure on economics/money and working as teens. The youth preferred not to [...]

Celebrating the STEP-UP Interns & their accomplishments!

Celebrating the STEP-UP Interns & their accomplishments!

AMGED YUSEFSTEP-UP Interns receiving words of encouragement from Backyard Initiative staff members Rose Lobley and Roberta Barnes and spoken word artist and BYI member, Amged Yusef. September marks the end of summer and a new school year. But for the STEP-UP Interns employed by the Cultural Wellness Center during the summer, it also represents [...]

Out in the Backyard – August 2018

Out in the Backyard – August 2018

Backyard Initiative Back Page – July

Backyard Initiative Back Page – July

Big transition for the Backyard Initiative amidst many activities Backyard Initiative Becoming a Cooperative SUSAN GUSTA leadership team of the BYI planning and deliberating on what it will take to transition from the BYI to becoming a Cooperative. The BYI began with Allina Health engaging in many conversations with community stakeholders [...]

June 2018 Out in the Backyard Calendar

June 2018 Out in the Backyard Calendar

Backyard Initiative – May 2018

Backyard Initiative – May 2018

How does the work of the BACKYARD INITIATIVE align with the overall health status? CULTURAL WELLNESS CENTER, MARCH 2011 The Backyard Initiative (BYI) is a 10-year partnership between community residents in South Minneapolis and Allina Health. The Cultural Wellness Center, as the lead agency, assists in facilitating the partnership and the [...]

Backyard Initiative – March 2018

Backyard Initiative – March 2018

Triple D’s Thursday: A Dinner and Dialogue on Diabetes 

Triple D’s Thursday: A Dinner and Dialogue on Diabetes 

Thursday, February 1, 2018 5 to 7 pm. Bring your family and neighbors. There will be healthy foods to assist in creating diets that are good for those with diabetes. We want to connect with people who have diabetes or are caring for people with diabetes. Hosted by: The BYI Resource Center Located at the Midtown Global Market 920 East [...]

Approaching YEAR 10 of the Backyard Initiative!

Approaching YEAR 10 of the Backyard Initiative!

Grounded in a simple premise—that active community and cultural connections are the foundation of good health—the Backyard Initiative (BYI) is a dynamic partnership between the residents of 7 neighborhoods of South Minneapolis, the Cultural Wellness Center, and Allina Health. Despite having access to world-class medical care right in their [...]

Somali Women Dance the Buraanbur For Health and Cultural Wellness!

Somali Women Dance the Buraanbur For Health and Cultural Wellness!

Somali women involved in the Backyard Initiative Community Health Action Team (CHAT), Project S.E.L.F., come together each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at the Brian Coyle Center from 1 to 3 pm to dance the Buraanbur.  The Buraanbur is a traditional dance done by women at Somali weddings and other ceremonies. Miski Abdulle, one of the CHAT [...]

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