Neighborhood Leadership Program

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2015
End Date
June 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
The Minnesota Historical Society and the Wilder Foundation worked with two new groups of existing and emerging community leaders in 2015 to enhance their ability to act on important community issues. During each six-month program, 245 participants explored neighborhood involvement and developed leadership skills to take effective community action. Program participants were matched one-on-one with volunteer coaches from the community who served as learning partners, mentors, supporters, and navigators, and who assisted participants in real-time application of skills developed during their time in the Neighborhood Leadership Program. Through visits to the Minnesota History Center, participants also learned about the diverse history of St. Paul and explored resources available through MNHS. They learned how understanding the history of their community improves communication with community members, framing of community issues and setting goals and strategies for creating change. Program participants, many of whom had never visited, were given a new connection to the Minnesota History Center. More important, the partnership has provided MNHS with a new way of engaging with the greater community.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Session Law Reference: Laws of Minnesota 2015, 1st Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 4 (b) (3) Parternships
Appropriation Language

$2,060,000 the first year and $2,140,000 the second year are for partnerships involving multiple organizations, which may include the Minnesota Historical Society, to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota's history and cultural heritage in all regions of the state.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

"50 Participants and 50 Mentors. Program enhanced participants awareness of their values, assets, and approaches to leadership; helped build leadership skills that enable participants to work effectively with others; increased participants' involvement in community service and action; and expanded participants' knowledge of community history and how that can inform our actions today. "

Recipient Board Members
Phyllis Rawls Goff, President
D. Stephen Elliott, Secretary
William R. Stoeri, Immediate Past President
William D. Green, Vice President
Kirby M. Law, Treasurer

Executive Council
Eric Ahlness
Kurt BlueDog
Grant Davis
Phyllis Rawls Goff
Martha Kaemmer
Kirby M. Law
Dean M. Nelson
William R. Stoeri
Ben Vander Kooi
Kathleen Blatz
Barbara Burwell
D. Stephen Elliott
William D. Green
Dennis L. Lamkin
Monica Little
Peter Reis
Bo Thao-Urabe
Eleanor Winston
Suzanne Blue
Brenda J. Child
Michael Farnell
David R. Hakensen
Jean M. Larson
Charles Mahar
Peter Reyes, Jr.
Karen Wilson Thissen
Warren Zaccaro

Mark Dayton, Governor
Steve Simon, Secretary of State
Rebecca Otto, State Auditor
Tina Smith, Lieutenant Governor
Lori Swanson, Attorney General
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
Zip Code
Administered By
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345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155