Oak Park

Oak Park Center has been a gathering place for the Northside community since 1937. With its highly visible, centrally located facility, Oak Park is uniquely positioned to support the needs and ambitions of historically underestimated and underserved adults, youth and families.

A full list of resources and services is provided below. Some of these services include:

Oak Park Center is home to some of Pillsbury United Communities’ most innovative initiatives. North News offices out of Oak Park, as does our Office of Public Charter Schools. The center is also home to Oak Park Farms, our community garden growing fresh, local, and sustainable produce.

Featured Stories

Our impact in 2020

2020 was not normal. Two pandemics bore down on our community, bringing hardship we could hardly have imagined. One was a virus that isolated, sickened, and killed. The other was the plague of systemic racism, embodied in the horrendous murder

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What we need from you now

The compounding effects of intersectional oppression are prominently on display right now. We have an uncontrolled pandemic, on top of the longtime public health crisis that is institutionalized racism. Our democracy is under threat. People are unhoused in record numbers.

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“Reimagine Public Safety” teaser video released

We’ve been here before. But out of our pain rises the stories of how to heal, how to evolve, and how to build. Coming later this summer, Pillsbury United Communities will be releasing the first installment of “Reimagine Public Safety,”

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Youth Internships

Paid internships for young people that offer the opportunity to earn while they learn. Interns are paid to work as part of a team, often addressing an issue impacting their community. Interns also receive technical skills and workforce readiness training

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Special Events

Community and cultural celebrations that bring neighbors together. Dates and times vary. Check the event calendar for upcoming events.

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Room Rentals

Room rentals and event space for community groups, public meetings, and more. Reservations required. Call your neighborhood center for details.

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Public Allies Leadership Program

Leadership development program that includes weekly training on nonprofit mechanics and values-based leadership, individualized coaching, and a supportive cohort of 25 diverse emerging leaders, plus an apprenticeship at a local nonprofit organization. Public Allies earn a $1,500 monthly stipend and receive

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Playgrounds (seasonal)

Family-friendly outdoor spaces to play and connect with neighbors. Hours vary. Call your neighborhood center for details.

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North News

Grassroots print and digital community news source and youth journalism training program in North Minneapolis. Read online at mynorthnews.org.

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