Urban Institute

2014-2015 public allies

Urban Institute

We believe that solutions to community issues are truly sustainable when they are developed and owned by residents and that the next generation of leaders, especially people of color, benefit from an intentional pipeline into leadership positions.

In addition to developing individual leaders, the Institute also helps build organizational capacity in service to improved academic outcomes for youth; increased economic opportunities for residents; better health results for targeted communities; and increased diversification of nonprofit staff and boards.

Our Programs

  • Office of Public Charter Schools

    PUC authorized charter schools align with our mission, vision and values, as well as demonstrate the capacity to be successful with the following student populations:

    Students who qualify for free or reduce lunch

    Students whom English is not their first language or their parents first language

    Students who have special needs and/or have a different learning styles

    Students who are significantly behind academically

    Students who are culturally and ethically diverse

    Students who are disengaged and/or dropped out of school and have re-engaged (high school)

    The Office of Public Charter Schools (OPCS) is responsible for providing compliance oversight and monitoring academic achievement, financial, governance, operational strength and performance goals for each of its schools. The CAD has the following responsibilities:

    New School Development - Authorizing the start-up of new schools that will provide an innovative academic program that will provide a culturally relevant, vigorous experience for its students.

    Transfer Schools - Charter schools that are operational may seek a new authorizer. We will accept transfer schools that met our criteria and are aligned with our mission, vision and values.

    Oversight - OPCS provides ongoing oversight and monitoring of its authorized charter schools. OPCS also offers regular opportunities for all charter leaders to come together in a community of practice focused on the academic, social and emotional success of all students. Learn more (PDF of oversight and compliance)
    Renewals - OPCS has a contract with each charter school that outlines performance goals and operational expectations; contract terms range from one to five years. The OPCS has a renewal process that evaluates school governance and leadership, finance, academic, as well as other operational areas.
    School Closures - OPCS has the responsibility to ensure its charter schools are in compliance, financially viable and meeting academic and operational goals as defined in its contract. OPCS has a tiered intervention process that provides notice of concern and actions required to satisfy the identified issue(s). Any school that advances in the intervention process without satisfying expectations will advance to the final step which is school closure.

  • Health Realization Training

    Health Realization is a philosophy that has been identified as a best practice for resilience or strengths based programming. When used as a foundation for bringing mental wellbeing to individuals, families, communities and organizations, the principles of this model transform resilience from a good idea to an achievable reality.

    The Training Center's work with individuals and organizations is customized to meet your needs. Services may include individual counseling, life coaching, seminars, and systematic change. Topics might include: Reducing Stress, Turning Down the Static in Your Attic, Moving from Risk to Resiliency, Parenting With a Calm Perspective, Bringing Health to Life, and Finding Peace of Mind.

    The Training Center staff has been teaching the principles of Health Realization to community members and organizations since 1991. Program Director, Cindi Claypatch is one of the original Health Realization practitioners in the country.

    For more information about Health Realization Training, contact Cindi Claypatch at 612.823.5973 or claypatchc@puc-mn.org.

  • Public Allies

    This 10-month, full-time program includes an apprenticeship at a local nonprofit organization, weekly training on nonprofit mechanics and values-based leadership, individualized coaching and a supportive cohort of 25 diverse, young leaders. Public Allies earn a $1,500 monthly stipend and receive a $5,550 education award after successful completion of the program. This AmeriCorps program runs September-June.

  • Leadership and the Politics of Community Change

    This course introduces key concepts and skills for work in non-profit organizations, with a particular focus on organizations engaged in community change work. You will explore theories of social movements and social change, asset-based community development; the history, role and mechanics of non-profit organizations in politics and communities; approaches to leadership in organizations and movements; and diversity and inclusion in social change work.

    Offering credit attainment at the Urban Institute for Service and Learning, this course is taught by adjunct faculty and PUC staff, Antonio Cardona. Course offered through MCTC. 3 credits

  • Interpreting Agency

    Pillsbury United Communities' Interpreting Agency is a trusted provider of translation and interpretation services to businesses and organizations of all sizes.