As a result of COVID–19, we know that many of our families and community members will see reduced income. In this post, we will be collecting and maintaining resources and announcements that affect our community.
The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) exists to permanently close the achievement gap and end generational poverty in North Minneapolis. Together with our partner organizations, we are walking side by side with low-income families as they put their children on a path to college.
NAZ has a game-changing approach that is closing the achievement gap. NAZ’s wraparound framework effectively supports low-income children of color so that they will graduate from high school prepared for college.
Addressing Detrimental Impacts on Students in a Post-COVID World
The consequences of the pandemic on students’ health and learning are profound and not yet fully understood. NAZ’s Director of Evaluation, Amy Susman-Stillman penned an Op-Ed and asks educators, parents and policymakers to make changes in the educational system that will benefit all students, and particularly low-income scholars and students of color.
“Our children are the ones who are suffering the most…they are dealing with trauma…they are looking to the adults to protect them. And it’s something we’ve all failed to do.”
Watch this plea for racial justice for America’s children from Sondra Samuels as she speaks with Poppy Harlow of CNN.
Community leaders react as we wait for the Chauvin verdict
MPR | April 20, 2021
It’s a tense week in Minnesota.
Protests are ongoing after the killing of Daunte Wright. Some journalists covering those protests have been brutalized by police. And National Guard troops patrol the streets in Minneapolis as we wait for a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.
For some Minnesotans, the last year has been disorienting. Our state is making headlines as a great place to live — unless you’re Black. For others, the trauma of police violence triggers a fresh wave of grief.
Tuesday morning, MPR News host Kerri Miller invited two wise guests to discuss and opened the phone lines to hear from the community about how we are reacting to this moment, and how we might grieve, hope and heal together.
Education constitutional amendment is our best shot at racial equity
Minnesota Reformer | April 20, 2021
by Sondra Samuels
The picture of Chauvin, a white man, on top of George Floyd, a Black man, is an apt metaphor for racial disparities in Minnesota. The disproportionate killing of Black men notwithstanding, these disparities prevail in wealth, health, income, homeownership, incarceration, longevity, and education.
“Change Has to Come From a Place”: Inside the Northside Achievement Zone
Not long after she moved to north Minneapolis more than 20 years ago, Sondra Samuels began working alongside families to erase generational poverty and close the opportunity gap between Black and white Minnesotans that has persisted for so long. And she’s been doing it ever since. Read more…
If you’re going to fly high, start early. One exceptional NAZ scholar, Terrachel Smith, boasts a list of accomplishments anyone could be proud of, especially since she accomplished them all before 9th grade. Recently WCCO 4 news correspondent Reg Chapman interviewed Terrachel as the youngest member and co-chair of the Unity Community Mediation Te... Read more »