New Vision Initiatives: North Minneapolis Leadership Inspires

A Picnic with a Purpose

A Picnic with a Purpose

Yesterday, I attended a Picnic with a Purpose, hosted by New Vision Initiatives co-chairs Jane Barrash and Odell Wilson III. Jane, Odell, and others spoke about the "athleadership" program at North High School. The program teaches young athletes mindfulness techniques like breathing and guided imagery and helped the North High Polars go “from worst to first” and then state champions in just 3 years. Because the other students look up to the athletes, they are learning these techniques too!

Odell Wilson III

Odell Wilson III

These young people have improved their grades, basketball scores and personal lives as a result. North High is taking the lead on making athleadership an important fixture of our schools. Patrick Henry High School is the second school in the city to adopt this program.

New Vision Initiatives

NVI is a North Minneapolis-based collaborative partnership that strives to “build bridges across demographics and zip codes, bringing people together to create new possibilities, and new realities.”

People often ask, "what's wrong with the north side and how are you going to fix it?" My answer is that the problem isn't with the north side. The leadership is there. The creative ideas are there. The drive to reach out is there. What is missing is support from City Hall and the rest of the city.

Jane Barrash

Jane Barrash

I've said over and over that we cannot make decisions for people. We have to listen to what communities have to say and work with them. I am very excited by what North side leaders are doing and I wholeheartedly support their efforts to lead not only within their own community but to lead the city as a whole. I am looking forward to working closely with them as mayor.

I encourage you all to visit New Vision Initiatives website and to learn more about their inspiring successes at North High and beyond.

Tom Hoch