Solutions Not Suspensions

Many of the school districts in Minnesota and nationally have been wrestling with closing the achievement gap and the education gap. States spend $5.7 billion a year on the juvenile justice system instead of our schools. On average, states spend $88,000 to incarcerate a young person, but only $10,000 to educate one. There was 62% of students of color graduating in 2013 compared to 85% of the Caucasian students. Students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to receive an out-of-school suspension than students without disabilities.

TAP’s teams are committee members and advisors on the SNS Coalition supported by Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP). Solutions Not Suspensions Coalition held a SNS Coalition meeting WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 from 10 am–12 pm at 2233 University Avenue Suite#201, St. Paul, MN. Meeting was held in the conference room at the Danish Institutes Study Abroad North American Program (in the Wright Building, second floor next to the MnEEP Offices.

Here’s Five Key Areas Discussed:
~How the SNS Coalition intends to engage youth in the coalition and at the table
~Discussed plans for a statewide participation in the National Dignity in Schools Week of Action in October later this year
~Discussed the coalition report on coalition structure and workplan
~Connected  with fellow community organizations and shared updates and some promising best practices on restorative discipline
~Rallied around the student and parent rights to participate in the decision-making affecting school policies

Additional Briefings from youth and adult advocates in Minnesota:

Annual Summit by MIC for ALL Communities!

The Mission Impact Council (MIC) began in 2013 lead by and co-chaired by YMCA, United Way and Youthprise. MIC convenes diverse organizations and communities to work together for positive social change through developing innovative and community-based solutions that change life opportunities for youth in and around the Greater Twin Cities area. These are the 3 key ideas driving the MIC:

  • SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: How can participating MIC organizations ensure they live their missions to transform life opportunities for youth?
  • COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: How can the MIC learn from, honor, and partner with the existing efforts, talents, and dreams of diverse Twin Cities communities and initiatives?
  • COLLECTIVE IMPACT: How can the MIC create a deeper and more sustainable impact for youth through building a common agenda, coordinated activities, and common metrics?

The 6 focus areas of our youth:

  1.  Youth Development & Leadership
  2. Education Equity
  3. Health & Wellness
  4. Employability
  5. Diversity
  6. Support Services

The 6 Communities of immersion experiences:

  1. Hmong/ Asian Pacific
  2. African American / Black
  3. Somali / East Africa
  4. Hispanic / Latin America
  5. Homeless & Highly Mobile Youth
  6. Indigenous / Indian Communities


Come Out! Be apart of the Common Agenda, Metrics and Partnerships to Transform Life Opportunities & Equity with Our Youth! Register Now Space is Limited.

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TAP’s Present Positions & Projects

As an Executive Committee member of the Rochester Area Journey to Growth (J2G) Project, family oriented communities surrounded by bluffs, trails and pristine rivers and lakes. Read about the partnership between 8 counties in southeast Minnesota, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc.

Workforce & Diversity Gaps

As Diversity Navigators, we review and research many essays and reports dealing with the economic growth and how rapidly changing demographics are impacting it. In watching the trends, one cannot predict the future, but one becomes better prepared. Ran across a report published by The Brookings Institute, a nonprofit think tank in Washington D.C. The researchers are looking at Minnesota which has a diverse demographic: Mexicans, Hmong, Indians, Vietnamese, Somalis, Liberians, and Ethiopians. Other people of color include American-born Native Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and African-Americans. Read more to view the recommendations to impact an international workforce equitable to all persons.