#soarNorth: A Series of Virtual Events

Compassion is an action word with no boundaries. – Prince

As the COVID-19 health and economic crisis rip through every corner of our lives, it is clear that children and families will feel its effects for generations to come.

The Northside Achievement Zone believes that these organization-defining moments are when it is most important to demonstrate our core values of compassion, adaptability, and integrity in all that we do. Our new reality, amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic, has not slowed our commitment to North Minneapolis. Just the contrary. While COVID-19 is keeping us apart physically, it is also bringing us together in new and profound ways.

Over the next several weeks, join us for #soarNORTH, a series of virtual events focused on elevating the forgotten voices of this pandemic. These one-on-one and panel conversations will unpack the complex issues facing Northsiders, deliver best-in-class resources to equip parents in their new roles as teachers, and share stories of hope and resilience during these uncertain times.

Schedule of Events:

#soarNORTH—Parent Perspectives
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
3:30-4:30pm
NAZ President/CEO Sondra Samuels interviews three North Minneapolis parents hearing their struggles and successes as they navigate distance learning.

#soarNORTH—Who gets sick?
Week of May 18 (event date pending)
3:30-4:30pm
The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the disparity in outcomes faced by people of color and those with inadequate access to healthcare. In an area facing wider disparities than most, Andrea Walsh, President/CEO of HealthPartners, discusses how data, target testing, and risk reduction will be critical COVID fighting tools in North Minneapolis.

#soarNORTH—Teachable Moments
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
3:30-4:30pm
A panel of Northside teachers and principals discuss schools, families, and the future. Learn how educators are adapting practices and promoting well-being while teaching remotely. Additionally, we’ll address the long-term impacts on education and student learning.