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East, Midtown Phillips Partner with Somali American Community, Inc. to Identify, Prioritize and Tackle Neighborhood Issues

The East Phillips Improvement Coalition (EPIC) is the neighborhood organization of East Phillips. It has an all-volunteer resident board and is one of the most diverse in the Minneapolis, with more than 70% persons from ethnic minorities. Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association (MPNAI) is the neighborhood organization for Midtown Phillips and has an all-volunteer resident board. The Somali American Community, Inc (SAC) also has an all-volunteer resident board and has been working with EPIC and MPNAI on problem solving for the past two years. During this process they have voiced a variety of serious and unattended problems. The project organizes soccer teams with the immigrant Somali youth. Using soccer as a tool, organizers listen and help the Somali community form responses to their own voiced concerns. Somali residents developed leadership skills, including running meetings, negotiating with government officials, and dealing with the press. The project will address serious issues that are both quality-of-life and life-threatening problems to achieve a safer, more healthy lifestyle for both the Somalis and the neighborhood in general.

Project Award Date: 
2011-04-01
Community organization or agency: 
East Phillips Improvement Coalition / Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association / Somali American Community
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
Neeraj Mehta Director of Community Programs (612) 624-8988