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Young Men Commit to Change: EMERGE Celebrates the North 4 Banquet

Madeline Graham TC Daily Planet

On Friday, February 6th, EMERGE celebrated the achievements of the most recent group to complete the North 4 program.  North 4 is a work readiness program for African American young men in four high crime neighborhoods in North Minneapolis. Young men ages 16 – 21 participate in a 16 week program that includes a week of orientation, weekly group sessions, regular one-on-one meetings with program staff, and a 240 hour paid internship. To complete the program and to be recognized at the February 6th banquet, participants needed to meet an 80% rate of participation, throughout. The 65 people who attended the banquet created a standing-room-only crowd that included family members, partners, internship supervisors, and EMERGE staff.

Several of the young men addressed the group themselves, sharing their experiences. According to one participant, Soldon, North 4 is the perfect program, “for someone who has been through a lot.” He recalled that he was forced to be a father figure at a young age for three young brothers. He said that North 4 allowed him to do many of the things that he never had a chance to do as a child.

Through his internship with Venture North Bike Shop, he learned not only to build a bike from scratch but about marketing and advertising. Soldon also mentioned empowerment training that EMERGE offers through the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), which is an integral component of the program. “Through that, I feel that I can do anything I need to do. You made me feel lovable, valuable, and important.”

At the celebration, a new recognition was awarded to one young man. Called the ‘Show Up and Show Out Award’, the recipient, Marcus, distinguished himself by being present for absolutely every meeting, event, outing, and work day over the 16 weeks. His attitude, according to Sterling Adams, North 4 Coordinator, was consistently “I’ll do what you need me to do.” 

Marcus was joined by family and one of his teachers at the celebration. As he received the award he thanked them and others in the room. “To everyone connected with EMERGE who took the time to create this program, I thank you.

EMERGE has already kicked off the next cohort of 10 young men joining the North 4 program and will be celebrating their accomplishments in June.

A special thank you to Houlihan Lokey for sponsoring and assisting in the planning of this recognition event for EMERGE youth.

On Friday, February 6th, EMERGE celebrated the achievements of the most recent group to complete the North 4 program.  North 4 is a work readiness program for African American young men in four high crime neighborhoods in North Minneapolis. Young men ages 16 – 21 participate in a 16 week program that includes a week of orientation, weekly group sessions, regular one-on-one meetings with program staff, and a 240 hour paid internship. To complete the program and to be recognized at the February 6th banquet, participants needed to meet an 80% rate of participation, throughout. The 65 people who attended the banquet created a standing-room-only crowd that included family members, partners, internship supervisors, and EMERGE staff.

Several of the young men addressed the group themselves, sharing their experiences. According to one participant, Soldon, North 4 is the perfect program, “for someone who has been through a lot.” He recalled that he was forced to be a father figure at a young age for three young brothers. He said that North 4 allowed him to do many of the things that he never had a chance to do as a child.

Through his internship with Venture North Bike Shop, he learned not only to build a bike from scratch but about marketing and advertising. Soldon also mentioned empowerment training that EMERGE offers through the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), which is an integral component of the program. “Through that, I feel that I can do anything I need to do. You made me feel lovable, valuable, and important.”

At the celebration, a new recognition was awarded to one young man. Called the ‘Show Up and Show Out Award’, the recipient, Marcus, distinguished himself by being present for absolutely every meeting, event, outing, and work day over the 16 weeks. His attitude, according to Sterling Adams, North 4 Coordinator, was consistently “I’ll do what you need me to do.” 

Marcus was joined by family and one of his teachers at the celebration. As he received the award he thanked them and others in the room. “To everyone connected with EMERGE who took the time to create this program, I thank you.

EMERGE has already kicked off the next cohort of 10 young men joining the North 4 program and will be celebrating their accomplishments in June.

A special thank you to Houlihan Lokey for sponsoring and assisting in the planning of this recognition event for EMERGE youth.

© 2015 EMERGE Community Development

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    University of Minnesota raises bar for revealing suspect's race in crime alerts

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    Suspect in officer shooting once was police informant

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    Local pharmacist buys Schneider Drug

    Kristal Leebrick Park Bugle

    Jim Stage said he was just getting his “feet wet” as the new owner of Lloyd’s Pharmacy on Snelling Avenue in the Hamline Midway neighborhood when Tom Sengupta contacted him and told him he was selling Schneider Drug, 3400 University Ave., in Prospect Park.

    Lloyd’s longtime owner, Ron Johnson, sold the business to Stage in November. On Jan. 27, Stage became the new owner of Schneider Drug. Both Johnson and Sengupta owned their businesses for more than 40 years.

    Stage had worked for several years at Lloyd’s with Johnson, who he credits with teaching him a lot about the pharmacy business. Stage grew up in the Midway area of St. Paul, attending Central Lutheran School on Lexington Avenue and graduating from Concordia Academy in Roseville. He attended pharmacy school at North Dakota State University in Fargo, then returned to the Twin Cities where he worked for a couple of independent pharmacies Jim Stage, new owner of Schneider Drug Photo by Kristal Leebrick and CVS, before joining the staff at Lloyd’s.

    “I was really trying to learn to ride a bike over at Lloyd’s,” when Sengupta told him that Schneider would be on the market, he said. “Tom wanted to keep [Schneider] independent, and he was adamant he didn’t want it to become a Walgreens or CVS.”

    Stage, who lives in St. Paul with his wife and five children, said the two stores have their own unique qualities, and he intends to keep them that way.

    Schneider customers will see some changes, however. One of the biggest: more phones. Sengupta operated with one phone line for many years, but Stage is planning to add more lines and wants to develop some mobile apps and a website that will allow people to order prescription refills online.

    He also plans to enhance the store’s delivery service by making it available six days a week during daytime hours. Other items on his to-do list include offering blister packaging for customers managing multiple prescriptions to help them take the right medication at the right time and working with the University of Minnesota’s pharmacy school to help students learn about the business.

    Rich Mann, who had been at Lloyd’s, will be the managing pharmacist at Schneider Drug.

    Stage acknowledges that he’s stepping into a business where the decades-long proprietor was muchloved and a big part of many people’s lives.

    “Tom knew people’s voices when he answered the phone,” Stage said. “I have to ask their names and birthdates. I appreciate their patience.”

    Jim Stage said he was just getting his “feet wet” as the new owner of Lloyd’s Pharmacy on Snelling Avenue in the Hamline Midway neighborhood when Tom Sengupta contacted him and told him he was selling Schneider Drug, 3400 University Ave., in Prospect Park.

    Lloyd’s longtime owner, Ron Johnson, sold the business to Stage in November. On Jan. 27, Stage became the new owner of Schneider Drug. Both Johnson and Sengupta owned their businesses for more than 40 years.

    Stage had worked for several years at Lloyd’s with Johnson, who he credits with teaching him a lot about the pharmacy business. Stage grew up in the Midway area of St. Paul, attending Central Lutheran School on Lexington Avenue and graduating from Concordia Academy in Roseville. He attended pharmacy school at North Dakota State University in Fargo, then returned to the Twin Cities where he worked for a couple of independent pharmacies Jim Stage, new owner of Schneider Drug Photo by Kristal Leebrick and CVS, before joining the staff at Lloyd’s.

    “I was really trying to learn to ride a bike over at Lloyd’s,” when Sengupta told him that Schneider would be on the market, he said. “Tom wanted to keep [Schneider] independent, and he was adamant he didn’t want it to become a Walgreens or CVS.”

    Stage, who lives in St. Paul with his wife and five children, said the two stores have their own unique qualities, and he intends to keep them that way.

    Schneider customers will see some changes, however. One of the biggest: more phones. Sengupta operated with one phone line for many years, but Stage is planning to add more lines and wants to develop some mobile apps and a website that will allow people to order prescription refills online.

    He also plans to enhance the store’s delivery service by making it available six days a week during daytime hours. Other items on his to-do list include offering blister packaging for customers managing multiple prescriptions to help them take the right medication at the right time and working with the University of Minnesota’s pharmacy school to help students learn about the business.

    Rich Mann, who had been at Lloyd’s, will be the managing pharmacist at Schneider Drug.

    Stage acknowledges that he’s stepping into a business where the decades-long proprietor was muchloved and a big part of many people’s lives.

    “Tom knew people’s voices when he answered the phone,” Stage said. “I have to ask their names and birthdates. I appreciate their patience.”

    Police believe they arrested chief suspect in officer shooting

    StarTribune Mpls News - Mon, 2015-02-23 22:33
    Concern that the gunman was still at large appears to have been put to rest.

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