2017 Annual Convening

United for Change:

A Roadmap to Safe, Healthy and Hopeful Communities

August 23-25th Minneapolis, Minnesota

On behalf of the Cities United advisory board and leadership team, we invite you to participate in the 4th Annual Cities United Convening hosted by Mayor Betsy Hodges and the City of Minneapolis. This important event is made possible by the generous support from Casey Family Programs, the Langeloth Foundation, Executives’ Alliance, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and other local and national partners.
On the news and in our own communities we are reminded of the urgent need to take action to eliminate the violence-related deaths of African American young men and boys that occur on a daily basis in America. In light of the spike in homicides and shootings across the country in 2015 and 2016, we recognize the sense of urgency mayors and other community leaders are feeling to design comprehensive strategies and plans to reverse this trend.
With this in mind, the 4th Annual Cities United Convening will provide coaching and capacity building strategies to cities committed to making sure African American young men and boys and their families are living in communities that are safe, healthy and hopeful. To this end, mayors and their teams will engage in peer-to-peer learning on topics ranging from creating an inclusive economy, 21st public safety, trauma informed care, and collaborative change.
In addition, there will be opportunities for city teams to work towards aligning their Cities United efforts with other important local and national initiatives in which they may be involved.
We strongly encourage mayors to assemble teams that include a local Cities United representative, a youth delegate, a community or faith leader, a public safety representative and a representative from a local foundation. Cities in attendance will receive a stipend of $1,500 for travel costs.
We look forward to you and your team joining us in Minneapolis as we move forward toward creating communities where our African American young men and boys are safe, healthy and hopeful.


For more information please contact Althea Allen Dryden at althea.dryden@citiesunited.org