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Rebirthing Community CHAT

Rebirthing Community CHAT

In 2012, the Rebirthing Community CHAT, in conjunction with Communities of Light Co-op, plans to continue our intergenerational workshops using discussions about community, self-sufficiency, sustainability and capacities for action. Our vision is to encourage families to join the Communities of Light Co-op and attain self-sufficiency and solvency [...]

Anchor Family CHAT

Anchor Family CHAT

Through the Backyard Initiative Assessment process, it became apparent that families in the BYI communities are experiencing isolation and lack of resources to sustain the health and well-being of their families. It is quite apparent that this has a direct connection to the state of turmoil and destructive behavior our youth are exhibiting. [...]

PROJECT S.E.L.F. (Save, Educate, Liberate, Free) CHAT

PROJECT S.E.L.F. (Save, Educate, Liberate, Free) CHAT

Recent Project S.E.L.F. Annual Ice Cream Social and Free Henna Decoration Project S.E.L.F. (SAVE EDUCATE LIBERATE FREE) is an Immigrant Health CHAT group that established a program called “Nomadic Expressions” which aims to assist youth, elders and families in healthy living and artistic expressions through poetry, open microphone [...]

Somali Women’s Health Support Group CHAT

Somali Women’s Health Support Group CHAT

“If you educate a woman, you educate the nation.” - African Proverb The original plan for the Somali Women’s Health Support Group CHAT was to promote communication, understanding, and support among women of the Somali community who have children in the judicial system by creating spaces and systems for them to talk, connect and assist [...]

Guri Nabad (Peace House) CHAT: Somali American Community

Guri Nabad (Peace House) CHAT: Somali American Community

Our Guri Nabad (meaning: Peace House) CHAT, part of the Somali American Community nonprofit organization, is comprised of community leaders and individuals whose families are impacted by incidences of childhood asthma. We address the causes of these chronic conditions and offer tools to assist our families in coping with and managing these [...]

Meet the Backyard Initiative staff from Allina Health!

Meet the Backyard Initiative staff from Allina Health!

Ruth Hampton Olkon, Lovel Trahan, and Dimpho Orionzi are the team here to support the work happening in the Backyard. Ruth Hampton Olkon Name: Ruth Hampton Olkon Hometown: Minneapolis, MN Heritage: Jewish Family: Husband, three kids, one sister, one brother-in law, one niece, parents, in-laws, and close friends What brought [...]

Growing the Backyard CHAT-25 families and growing!

Growing the Backyard CHAT-25 families and growing!

In the last two years, Growing the Backyard CHAT assisted 25 families to establish gardens and grow their own food. This CHAT empowers Backyard residents to produce their own healthy foods, increase connections to the local food system, and to increase each family’s understanding about how the food system works. Families participating in the [...]

BYI Teams Creating Connections and Resources for Health

By Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center In the last two months the BackYard Initiative Update highlighted the work of eleven Citizen Health Action Teams (CHATs) that have been working over the past year to improve the health of BYI residents. There are a total of 14 CHATs now meeting in the Backyard community and this update highlights the [...]

Introduction to The Alley’s New Series: STORIES FROM OUR BACK YARD

Inside of the area called the “Backyard”, there are 15,000 households. Inside of each of those homes or apartments are stories waiting to be told. There are stories of kids getting good grades at school, friendly gestures between strangers, overcoming addictions, stories of incredible hope amidst despair. This month’s story is written by [...]

Out in the Backyard

Out in the Backyard

Out in the Backyard is an initiative to connect LGBT community from the backyard to each other and to resources. We are currently have a once a week kettlebell class at Pillsbury House every Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm. It is FREE for all the Backyard LGBT community members. Our instructor here is Yolanda Womack from Infinitely Fit [...]

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