January 2016

Standing up for art in North Minneapolis


Hacer shares how data from the Compass neighborhood profiles helped them to strengthen their evaluation and write more powerful grant proposals.

What were you aiming to do?

HACER (Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research) is a nonprofit, community-based research organization that delivers quality research to strengthen Minnesota's Latino and minority communities. We specialize in qualitative research and evaluation through a cross-cultural lens.

We are evaluating Stand Up Participate, a program of Asian Media Access that works with youth in North Minneapolis to reduce youth crime and to improve education outcomes through arts and engagement activities. Stand Up Participate strives to integrate public health and community policing to reduce disparities in access to public health services and violent crimes.

Which information did you draw on?

We used the North Minneapolis neighborhood data to strengthen our evaluation by gaining context and understanding. All of the neighborhoods we are working in have higher-than-usual levels of poverty, low educational attainment, and less housing stability than many other regions of the city.

We also drew on the profiles to write more powerful, data-driven grant proposals.

What happened?

The clear portrayal of disparities in the North Minneapolis profiles showed us a clear, continuing need for the Stand Up Participate program, and its expansion. We believe supporting young people of color and their families is one way to improve the health and well-being in people of color in our community. At the moment, we're looking into more grant opportunities to expand our efforts in North Minneapolis and the region.

Submitted by Jenna Yanish, development and outreach specialist, HACER


See the profiles: Camden, Near North Minneapolis, or a combined profile of both communities

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Our predefined neighborhood information was recently updated. Did you know?

  • The Cedar Riverside neighborhood has the largest share of workers in the health care and social assistance industry (29%)
  • The Payne-Phalen neighborhood is home to the highest number of residents of color: nearly 19,500, or 63% of the population
  • Household median income ranges from over $115,000 (Page) to $12,500 (Sumner- Glenwood)
  • Frogtown / Thomas-Dale has the highest share of households with residents under age 18 (33%); the share decreased from 42% in 2000
  • The Bryant neighborhood posts the longest commutes: 42 percent of residents (whose work is not home-based) travel 30 minutes or longer to work

Using our new custom tool:

  • Roughly 1 in 5 residents within a quarter-mile of the East Lake Street Corridor (running along Lake Street between Hiawatha Avenue and the Mississippi River) are 17 years or younger (18%)
  • In the half-mile stretch along Highway I-94 in Minneapolis' Camden and Near North communities, 19 percent of workers are in health care and social assistance. Eleven percent work in manufacturing
  • Around 90,500 people live within three miles of Minnesota's State Capitol in Saint Paul. Thirty-two percent can speak a language other than English
  • Median rent paid is $850 in the combined zip code areas of 55105 and 55116.
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