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It Was a Truly Remarkable Evening With the Compelling Story of One Family's Resilience

Haydar, Sevim, and their three children had to leave everything to begin anew – and when they arrived here, they faced difficulties that were almost insurmountable without support. We learned about their determination to plant new roots, and the people who provided guidance and ideas along the way. We discovered how, thanks to community, we're building a more inclusive Twin Cities where job seekers can flourish and grow. Because change starts with all of us – together, we cultivate hope and success!

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Time: Buffet started 5:00 p.m. • Program 6:15–7:30
Place: Westminster Presbyterian Church Hall • 1200 Marquette Ave • Downtown Minneapolis
Misc: Delicious, multi-cultural dinner with vegetarian & gluten-free options • Coffee, tea, cash bar • No cost to attend, but many guests were inspired to support our critical services

Event is over.  But we are always grateful for your donation!

Here's a Sneak-Peek Video

Hear a little about some of the challenges newcomers face when arriving in the USA, and how organizations like Daily Work are critical to "completing your process." Watch this page for the entire program to be posted soon.

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Emcee Dr. Bruce Corrie

An innovative economist and professor at St. Paul’s Concordia University, Bruce Corrie, PhD, documents and celebrates the value multiculturalism brings to the broader MN economy.

Researching the African, Latino, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) communities, he has shifted the narrative from "deficits" to "assets" – highlighting their contributions as consumers, entrepreneurs, taxpayers, global networks, cultural assets, and in civic engagement. Dr. Corrie co-stewards the ALANA Brain Trust, a coalition bringing resources to and building capacity in these communities, and was involved in the 2021-22 petition to the MN Court for adequate political representation for the state's ALANA economy.

He also helped pioneer Cultural Destinations, a strategy of economic development focusing on the cultural assets of diverse populations, including promoting neighborhoods and their businesses such as Little Africa. Dr. Corrie has held numerous roles in economic and workforce development, his work has been widely published, and he has co-edited four books. Find out more about him at Concordia University’s website and read some of his ALANA Brain Trust writings.

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Opening Musician Kenn Wanaku

Originally from the British Cameroons, West Africa, Kenn Wanaku has spent 20 years in MN performing as part of our vibrant world-music community. He worked as a TV producer in Nigeria and the Cameroons in the 1980s–90s where he developed a passion for the fusion of indigenous African and popular music, and Kenn continues to draw inspiration from the rich tapestry of global sounds. You can follow him on Facebook.

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