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When you’re young, falling down is usually no big deal. But falls often become much more dangerous as you get older. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four Americans over age 65 falls every year, and about one in five of those falls causes a broken hip, concussion or other serious injury. Currently considered the leading cause of death from unintentional injuries for older adults, falling is increasingly becoming a serious public health issue.

Nourishing Youth through Kinship, Resistance, and YPAR—Friday, January 17

The University of Minnesota’s YoUthROC Youth Research Team will facilitate a half-day immersion into youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR). This event is for groups of young people with accompanying adults or others interested in learning alongside. Come ready to interact with others in an exploration of examples of YPAR that cultivate kinship and resistance.

Meet Makeda

The University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) was still years away from opening when Makeda Zulu-Gillespie began working as its community liaison in 2006. A life-long Northside resident, she has helped UROC become what it is today by forging genuine connections between the community and the University of Minnesota.

Economic Inclusion and the Promise of Cultural Districts: A UROC Critical Conversation—5 p.m. Thursday, December 5

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins, Council Members Alondra Cano and Jeremiah Ellison, and other members of the council have been working on the establishment of "cultural districts" within the city limits. Cultural districts are defined as contiguous areas with cultural and/or linguistic identity rooted in communities significantly populated by Black, Indigenous, and immigrant people of color. Join community leaders and residents in a UROC Critical Conversation discussion of the possibilities and potential of cultural districts in North Minneapolis and beyond.

Policing in Minneapolis: Northside Voices community forum—5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 10

The public is invited to "Policing in Minneapolis: Northside Voices," a community forum on the past, present, and future of policing in North Minneapolis. The event will build off a University of Minnesota research project that examines how neighborhood residents in North Minneapolis understand policing in the wake of the Movement for Black Lives and related local organizing.

The North High Green Team

Photo: Amie Mondl (far right) works in the North High Garden with students and community volunteers.

North High 10th-grader Kyree Wilson has a full morning of classes and an afternoon science field trip, but she has one thing she needs to do in between: harvest vegetables in the school’s Growing North gardens with the North High Green Team. She is joined by Candis McKelvy, a community elder volunteering with the program.