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April 1, 2017, Saturday - Community Connections Conference at the Convention Center

8:00am - 3pm (Check in starts at 7:30am)

Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Avenue South

2017 Community Connections Conference

Through a strong program of influential speakers, robust conversations, interactive exhibits, and best-practices, this year’s conference reflects a central purpose to strengthen and diversify neighborhood and community organizations and to better connect residents to City resources.  The conference program will include break-out sessions of 60-75 minutes, and the program will draw upon the City’s Core Principles of Community Engagement and IAP2 principles.

Program Structure

Inform and Consult - 9:15 am-10:15am
Overview and understanding of topics followed by discussion or exploration for action

Involve - 10:30 am-11:45 am
Interactive session to further dive into topic areas

Empower - 1:45 pm-3:00 pm -
Active working sessions dedicated to tangible actions and take away
Learning Labs
Learning Labs are dedicated to exploring issues and ideas, sharing techniques, and developing solutions. This is accomplished through an experiential learning format that:
•Provides models, skills and tools for advancing equity which participants can apply in their daily lives, work, and institutional and community contexts
•Defines and creates innovative means for measuring organizational, institutional and community transformation in engaging under-represented communities and strengthening neighborhood organizations
•Helps participants identify and utilize best practices for engagement with under-represented communities, City departments, and neighborhood and community organizations.