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…and coming this July 2017, COMMUNITIES OF LIGHT/BYI Rebirthing Community CHAT Re-OPENS AMEN CORNER Thrones Plaza-Corner of Chicago and Franklin Avenues JULY 8, 2017 ~SATURDAY, Noon-4:00 P.M.

…and coming this July 2017, COMMUNITIES OF LIGHT/BYI Rebirthing Community CHAT Re-OPENS  AMEN CORNER Thrones Plaza-Corner of Chicago and Franklin Avenues JULY 8, 2017 ~SATURDAY, Noon-4:00 P.M.

We are pleased to announce that we have added new volunteers from the Communities of Light Co-op to support the Amen Corner 2017 session. Please come and support us. The Amen Corner opens officially, SATURDAY, JULY 8, Noon to 4:00 p.m. Stop by Peavey Park, Thrones Plaza, on the corner of Chicago & Franklin Avenues. Communities of Light (COL) [...]

JOIN Communities of Light (COL) at the MayDay Parade Workshops!

JOIN Communities of Light (COL) at the MayDay Parade Workshops!

BYI Rebirthing Communities/COL CHAT leader hosting a Communities of Light lantern-decorating table at the MayDay workshop 2016. It’s April and time for MayDay Workshops facilitated by Heart of the Beast Theatre as we prepare for the 43rd annual MayDay Parade and Festival! Communities of Light/BYI Rebirthing Communities CHAT bring people [...]

Shining Light on the Backyard Initiative’s 2016 Evaluation

Shining Light on the Backyard Initiative’s 2016 Evaluation

Community Ownership of the Process The Backyard Initiative’s (BYI) evaluation process has been informed, driven, and owned by the community in which a survey was administered in 2016. The level of community empowerment the BYI has achieved has been eight years in the making; but it was this level of empowerment that was required in order to [...]

Beyond the Clinic and Into the Community: The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic

Beyond the Clinic and Into the Community: The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic

by Callahan Clark, PNC student practitioner Located in the basement of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (2742 15th Ave. S.)d, The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (PNC) is a free clinic run by health professional students from the University of Minnesota under the supervision of licensed clinicians. PNC provides free care to anyone who walks [...]

Shining Light on the Backyard Initiative’s TEENS Project

Shining Light on the Backyard Initiative’s TEENS Project

Carl Lobley (BYI Resource Center) & Sergio Nahun (BYI TEEN Project CHAT) and Minkara Tezet (BYI Circle of Healing) preparing to participate in a KMOJ Radio show. (KMOJ) What is the goal or purpose of this CHAT? TEENS stands for Teenagers Entering Existing Networking Systems. We are a youth leadership and entrepreneurial skills development [...]

Getting to Know the Backyard Initiative Resource Center

Getting to Know the Backyard Initiative Resource Center

Teens gather in the BYI Resource Center to here about some of the results of the Backyard Initiative’s research project from one of the BYI Research Team members, Dimpho Orizoni, Allina Health. by Carl Lobley, Rose Lobley, Deena Anders and Minkara Tezet The Backyard Initiative Resource Center The Backyard Initiative (BYI) Resource [...]

HARVEST TIME FOR GROWING THE BACKYARD

HARVEST TIME FOR GROWING THE BACKYARD

Growing the Backyard’s Farm Stand at the Midtown Global Market by Candis  Mckelvy, member of Growing the Backyard Community Health Action Team The original plan in 2010 for Growing the Backyard, a Community Healthy Action Team or CHAT involved since the early days of the Backyard Initiative, was to support local residents who wanted to grow [...]

Out in the Backyard October 2016

Out in the Backyard October 2016

BACKYARD INITIATIVE: A Cultural Wellness Center community engaged model for improving health of communities, cultures, and corporate partners

BACKYARD INITIATIVE: A Cultural Wellness Center community engaged model for improving health of communities, cultures, and corporate partners

In 2008, residents of South Mpls, the CEO of Allina, and African American, Native American, and European American elders from Mpls. and St. Paul, approached the Cultural Wellness Center’s (CWC) Executive Director/elder activist and requested that CWC design the model of engagement for what is now known as the Backyard Initiative (BYI). Eight [...]

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