Meeting the Moment in Our Young Nation for OUr Youngest Neighbors

Session Description: This session will address the current crisis of heart and soul facing our Twin Cities region and the impact on our youngest neighbors due to the pandemic, murder of George Floyd, rioting/looting, and unrelenting violence. An exploration of the causes and the solutions to our shared community challenges will include the work of the Northside Achievement Zone, a community based organization that utilizes a comprehensive on-the-ground approach to ending racial disparities in education and life outcome.

Session Information: Thursday, March 3, 2022, 10:00-11:40 a.m. This is a live-streamed, online program. Registrants will receive information by email to access the program. The actual Join URL will be sent out to registrants two business days prior to the session. If you have not received it by then, please contact the Selim Center ( immediately.

Session Educator: Sondra Samuels has been a proud resident of North Minneapolis for over 24 years. She and her husband, Don, have one son and three girls. From the earliest years in the neighborhood, Sondra and Don became Block club leaders, tutored and mentored children, and worked with neighbors to address crime and safety in the community. In 2005, Sondra became the President of the P.E.A.C.E. (Public Engagement Community Empowerment) Foundation, whose mission was to end local violence by building a grassroots movement of Northside neighbors supported by faith institutions across the city. In her role, the PEACE Foundation saw significant decreases in violence through the building of several community initiatives such as NOrthside Youth Standup!, PEACE Across the Northside, and the Northside Art Crawl, which still exists today. In 2008 the PEACE Foundation became the Northside Achievement Zone, a collaborative of over 30 partner nonprofits and schools. Along with parents, students, partners, and staff, Sondra, in her role as CEO, is leading a revolutionary culture shift focused on ending multigenerational poverty through education and family stability. Sondra currently serves on the Leadership team of Generation Next, Communit Advisory Board of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank's Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute, as well as the boards of Health Partners and Great MN Schools. Sondra and her husband also co-host a weekly radio program for Black parents called "Power to the Parents: What We Do Today Impacts Who Our Children Become Tomorrow". She received her Bachelor's degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, and an MBA from Clark-Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA.

Fee for the session: $15.00 per person (There are also discounted packages available by day and by single session- see the store page for more details.)

To register on-line with a credit card on our secure page, click on this link    Important note: you must register before 8:00 a.m. on the program day in order to receive the Join URL for the session.

To register by check or cash, or to redeem a voucher, please complete this registration form and mail back to the address on the form. Winter 2022 Registration Form