FREE Swimming Lessons at the Brooklyn Center Community Center!

  • By Rebecca Gilgen
  • 26 Jul, 2017

Make a Splash!

Free swim lessons available during the day, evening or weekend for Brooklyn Center and Hennepin County Residents ages 3-18 who have not had lessons before and present a financial need. Swim lessons provided by a Make a Splash Grant through Hennepin County. For more information and to register, contact Natalie at 763-569-3317.

Space is limited, call and register today!

By Rebecca Gilgen 01 Dec, 2017

Is your youth-serving organization interested in building capacity to embed social emotional learning (SEL) into your organization’s daily work? Apply to participate in the Propel SEL Professional Learning Community, a 12-month action learning project for 2-4 person teams from organizations that offer out-of-school youth development and mentoring programs for youth in grades 6-12 in the 9 county metro to increase intentionality of social-emotional learning practices in their organization. The cohorts will meet monthly starting February 2018.

This collaborative project is funded by Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Carlson Family Foundation, and facilitated through a partnership between Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth, Ignite Afterschool, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, and Sprockets with professional development design by the Youth Work Learning Lab and Minneapolis Beacons.

To apply, click on the following link to fill out the online application. Applications are due December 14th .

Propel SEL Applicant Info Sheet

Propel SEL Online Application

Applicants can also request a stipend to support their participation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ivan Lui at 763-398-0795 or .

By Rebecca Gilgen 29 Nov, 2017

This is an opportunity to share a meal, conversation, and feedback about issues you and your community face in accessing healthy foods. Join us for delicious local food, art in the making, activities for children, and critical conversations to advance equitable access to healthy food for all.

A few details:

  • The audience for the Metro Community Meal is community members, elected officials, and food access leaders.
  • The meal is free!
  • There will be a DJ, art in the making, and delicious local food.
  • Flyer in English here
  • Flyer in Spanish here

    Please do register, here are the links:

    There will be $15 gift cards for the first 15 families to arrive!

    Event Details:

    Metro Community Meal

    Wednesday, November 29th


    Wilder Foundation - 451 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104

    The Metro Community Meal is an event of the Minnesota Food Charter in Action series, hosted by Metro Food Alliance Network (MFAN).

    By Rebecca Gilgen 28 Aug, 2017

    The Alliance is looking for an amazing youth worker to support the work of young people in our community taking action to accelerate youth success. The Brooklyns Youth Council Specialist part-time position will assist our team in supporting and facilitating the work of our youth leaders.

    The Brooklyns Youth Council is a youth workgroup from Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center whose mission is to represent youth in the Brooklyns by providing a voice in collaboration with the community and local government in order to positively raise awareness of challenges youth face.

    The Youth Specialist position will support the work of the Brooklyns Youth Council that is managed by the Alliance Project Coordinator. This position will work closely with the Alliance Project Coordinator and BYC Interns to support and facilitate the work of the Youth Council. The purpose of this role is to provide logistical support to help the workgroup function and operate. In addition, this role will provide direct support to the Youth Council members as they build skills, facilitate discussions, develop action projects that align with the goals of the Youth Council, and work to integrate youth voice into the decisions that impact youth and their community.

    For questions about this opportunity feel free to contact Kaysone Syonesa .

    For a complete job description, go here .

    To apply for the position, go here .

    By Rebecca Gilgen 24 Aug, 2017

    We know eating healthy snacks helps children put their best foot forward both on and off the field. And this football season, the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund is launching a state-wide campaign to encourage Minnesota children to try new healthy foods and share their favorite snack recipes.

    Attend the Super Snack Challenge Sneak Peak on August 30 and be the first to hear how your organization can get involved.  

    What to Expect:
    • Learn more about Super Bowl LII and its legacy across Minnesota
    • Find out how Super Snack Challenge can enhance your organization’s programming
    • Create a simple healthy snack with Chef Lachelle Cunningham from Appetite for Change (yes, you can eat it afterwards)
    • Meet our partners from Newman’s Own Foundation

    RSVP here by August 22:  

    Date:  Wednesday, August 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Location:   Crew 52 Volunteer Headquarters, 698 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

    This was previously Sports Authority, in downtown Minneapolis. Enter inside City Center building which can be accessed via skyway and street level by Marshalls and Saks Off 5th.

    Parking:  You are responsible for parking. The following parking ramps are closest to the Volunteer Headquarters.  Metered parking is also available on 6th and 7th Street.

    • City Center Ramp, 10 South 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402 | $23
      • RBC Plaza, 600 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402 | $24
        • Park & Shop, 24 8th Street & 27 S 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402 | $13
          • LaSalle Court, 801 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402 | $13
            • A/B/C Target Center Ramps, 33 North 9th Street, Minneapolis | $4/hour

            The Super Snack Challenge is supported by the Newman's Own Foundation.

            You can download a flyer invitation here !

            By Rebecca Gilgen 26 Jul, 2017

            Free swim lessons available during the day, evening or weekend for Brooklyn Center and Hennepin County Residents ages 3-18 who have not had lessons before and present a financial need. Swim lessons provided by a Make a Splash Grant through Hennepin County. For more information and to register, contact Natalie at 763-569-3317.

            Space is limited, call and register today!

            By Rebecca Gilgen 05 Jul, 2017
             Last week Alliance partners provided a tour to the Cummins Corporate Responsibility group to share the assets and opportunities in our community. This was a driving tour with site visits at the City of Brooklyn Center Recreation facility, Brooklyn Center Community Schools Health Resource Center and Zanewood Recreation Facility. We also made an impromptu stop to see a Rec On the Go bus at Huntington Place apartments. Special thanks to BC Schools for providing the bus!  This tour was a huge success in connecting our private sector partners to our community.
            By Rebecca Gilgen 21 Jun, 2017

            Greetings Alliance partners!

            Here are a few exciting updates from the last 2 weeks.

            1.        BBA launches  NEW WEBSITE !   We are happy to announce that we have new website that better explains who we are, what we do, and how to connect with our work. We’d like to thank Renee Starr for all her hard work in bringing this all together! Go check it out and please change your BBA bookmark if you have one. Your feedback is welcomed – please send comments to  Kaysone Syonesa .


            2.        Motivation Youth Festival  planning is well underway!   Motivation Youth Festival (MYF) is a free event on August 12th hosted by the Brooklyns Youth Council that brings together the local community including speakers, youth talent, educators, and government. This event is planned by youth in the Brooklyns that can relate to the issues that their peers experience. Talent auditions are June 24th and July 7th so sign up  here ! To learn more about how you can get involved click   here . Or contact the BYC  here .


            3.        BrookLynk Interns Start TODAY!   Today marks the 3rd summer of BrookLynk summer internships. This is an exciting time for young people in our community who will be working throughout businesses, schools, cities, and organizations throughout our community. If you see a BrookLynk intern or a supervisor – give them a high five and let them know they are awesome! If you have any questions please contact  Luis Salado-Herrera  or Jolene Rotich


            Thanks for all you do to accelerate youth success!

            By Rebecca Gilgen 15 Jun, 2017
            Judith Marquez Duran began her time with the Brooklyns Youth Council as a freshman in high school. The Alliance is proud to share the moving and inspirational speech she delivered at Park Center High School's 2017 commencement ceremony. Judith demonstrates great leadership skills and a passion for improving her community in everything she does. We wish her well as she begins college in the fall and are thrilled she'll still be a part of the Alliance team as a BYC intern for the 2017/2018 school year!
            By Rebecca Gilgen 30 May, 2017

            Last week Mayor Tim Willson of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Center Community Schools and Alliance staff traveled to the NLC event in Philadelphia to present on District 286’s efforts to implement the  Community School Model . Our team also learned about effective strategies and approaches at the intersection of education and health to increase the number of children who are healthy, ready to learn, and able to reach their full potential in school and beyond. Thank you to Brooklyn Center schools for their leadership and support of this impactful strategy!

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