March Huddle


Below you will find the agenda for the Thursday, March 1, 2018 Hawthorne Huddle. We hope you can attend.

Announcements Procedure:  If you’d like to make a brief (1 minute) announcement at the Hawthorne Huddle about your organization’s upcoming event, please email by noon, Wednesday February 28.

Monthly Huddle meetings feature a materials-sharing table – so please feel free to bring info you’d like to share – please also take back with you any materials not picked up by 9am, after people have had a chance to look over the info table. Thank you!

Please refrain from passing out informational materials during the meeting (unless you are a presenter).


Friends of the Hawthorne Huddle,

On March 1, 2018 the Hawthorne Huddle will be covering Group Violence Intervention with Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator Sasha Cotton. The Group Violence Intervention (GVI) is designed to reduce street group-involved homicide and gun violence. GVI has repeatedly demonstrated that violence can be dramatically reduced when a partnership of community members, law enforcement, and social service providers directly engages with the small and active number of people involved in street groups and clearly communicates a credible moral message against violence, prior notice about the consequences of further violence, and a genuine offer of help for those who want it. The aim of the GVI strategy is to reduce peer dynamics in the group that promote violence by creating collective accountability, to foster internal social pressure that deters violence, to establish clear community standards against violence, to offer group members an “honorable exit” from committing acts of violence, and to provide a supported path for those who want to change.

The Hawthorne Huddle will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room at Farview Park, 621 29th Avenue North. A continental breakfast will be available at 7:15 a.m.

WELCOME: Ann DeGroot, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board; Diana Hawkins, Hawthorne Neighborhood Council

INTRODUCTIONS: Please share your name and organization so others can network with you after the meeting.

SAFETY REPORT: MPD 4th Precinct Lt. House

MAIN PROGRAM TOPIC: Group Violence Intervention

Sasha Cotton – Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator, City of Minneapolis

HAWTHORNE NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: Diana Hawkins, Hawthorne Neighborhood Council


Next Huddle meetings: Thursday, April 5, 2018…and all First Thursdays in 2018