United Against Violence Summit a Success
More than 500 attendees at United Way's United Against Violence Summit consistently heard one phrase throughout the day: Violence Is Solvable. When nonprofits, government agencies, legislators and passionate citizens find ways to work together, we can end violence in Minnesota.
Original music and spoken word by local artists Heatherlyn Hamilton and Maria Isa was interspersed between presentations by keynote speaker Rob Anda, Jeff Edmundson, president of Strive, United Way president and CEO Sarah Caruso, and an inspiring talk from Marilyn Carlson Nelson.
The day ended with a much-anticipated presentation by Senator Al Franken, who is working hard at the state and national levels to protect victims of domestic violence and ensure that funding and support are available to those who serve these victims.
Attendees also got the chance to hear the most recent Crime Victim Survey Results from Liz Peterson from United Way and Jeri Boisvert from the MN Department of Public Safety.
Members of youthrive, a United Way inititiative partner focused on youth leadership and peace building, also attended. Jeron Mariani, a junior at St. Paul Academy and a youthrive participant, and Vivian Nelson, INTER-RACE Institute Director at Augsburg College, served as emcees.
In the afternoon breakout sessions, attendees discussed the five pillars of Collective Impact: Common Agenda, Shared Measurement System, Mutually Reinforcing Activities, Continuous Communication, and Backbone Support Organization and Funding.
You can get involved in the conversation about ending violence on the United Front website.