Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,000,000)
Led by Asian Media Access, Multi-Cultural Community Alliance – MCCA Collaborative proposes Project SUPPORT (Supporting Under-served Populations through Partnership, Opportunities, Resources & Technology), with a wide range of disciplines and culturally- and linguistically-appropriate agencies to serve the needs of Hennepin County Black, Indigenous, (and) People of Color (BIPOC) communities. MCCA Coalition partners include: Asian Media Access; Encouraging Leaders; Hennepin County Health On the Go; Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER); Hmong College Prep Academy; New Millennium Academy; North High; Overcomers’ Victory Church (c/o Black Church Alliance); Pan Asian Arts Alliance; Prairie Seed Academy; Task Force, Inc.; and Zintkala Luta. Project SUPPORT addresses the multiple forms of violence impacting our targeted population – BIPOC adolescents and young adults ages 14-24 – in communities with highest rates of violence in Hennepin County. Project SUPPORT believes in order to achieve positive outcomes for BIPOC youth, families, and communities to “undo violence,” we need meaningful engagement and active partnerships, ensuring community members and youth play a central role in collaboratively developing violence prevention solutions in homes, schools and communities. The project goal is to support development and expansion of school safety strategies among MN’s Culturally Specific Charter Schools, to promote a positive and supportive school climate that prevent and reduce school violence toward BIPOC youth, along with the support from BIPOC parents and communities to improve BIPOC students’ overall well-being.