Youth Worker Program

Waqas Mirza filed this request with the Minneapolis Public Schools of Minneapolis, MN.
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From: Waqas Mirza

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Minnesota Data Practices Act, I hereby request the following documents:

All records associated with Minneapolis Public Schools to place youth workers in lunchrooms and other non-classroom settings to identity issues and disaffection at school.

You can restrict your search to records created from January 1, 2015 to the date this request is processed.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Waqas Mirza

From: MPS DataRequests

Dear Mr/Ms. Mirza,
Can you be more specific about any program in which you are interested? As your request is stated, we do not have data that is responsive to your request. Can you narrow the scope of your request?

Please send all correspondence to MPS.DataRequests@mpls.k12.mn.us<mailto:MPS.DataRequests@mpls.k12.mn.us>

Sincerely,

Nan A. S. Miller
Data Responsible Authority
Office of the General Counsel
Minneapolis Public Schools
N2-243 John B. Davis Education Services Center
1250 West Broadway Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55411

From: Waqas Mirza

Hi Nan,

Thank you for your response. At the White House Countering Violent Extremism summit in February 2015, Courtney Kiernat, the former executive director of External Partnerships for Minneapolis Public Schools announced a “youth worker intervention model” exclusively for the “Somali community.” According to Kiernat: “Well-trained community representatives working in the school systems will help spot identity issues and disaffection...Our intervention model will bring trained youth workers together with parents and mental health professionals to address identity issues and disaffection at school, root causes of radicalization.” (See here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?324398-102/white-house-summit-countering-violent-extremism).

A news report in August of this year had this to say about the program: "When asked last October what the current status of this program was, Kiernat said in email that the school district had deployed the program in collaboration with the nonprofit Youth Coordinating Board for one school year, but it was discontinued due to 'funding issues.' However, she stated that she was able to bring the program back to North Minneapolis’ Henry High School and was looking for private funding to expand the program." (See here: http://www.alternet.org/grayzone-project/video-fbi-visit-muslim-activist-highlights-disturbing-nature-federal-counter).

My request is for all records associated with the aforementioned program.

Please let me know if I can clarify any further.

Thank you,

Waqas Mirza.

From: Waqas Mirza

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 5, 2016. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Nan Miller

Greetings,
In response to your request for all records pertaining to the Youth Coordinating Board Project with Minneapolis Public Schools I attach the following:

1) Summary of the Proposal (20170224142215085)

2) Pilot Program Proposal (20170224142332910)

3) YCB Information (20170224142418530)

4) Proposed Budget (20170224142515035)

5) Contract 1 (2017022414623736)

6) Contract 2015 (20170224142817782)

7) Invoices for the Program (20170224142919151)

8) Evaluation Report prepared by third party, Rainbow Research ( 20170224143040749)

Please send all correspondence to MPS.DataRequests@mpls.k12.mn.us<mailto:MPS.DataRequests@mpls.k12.mn.us>

Sincerely,

Nan A. S. Miller
Data Responsible Authority
Office of the General Counsel
Minneapolis Public Schools
N2-243 John B. Davis Education Services Center
1250 West Broadway Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55411

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