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Learning Cohort, Assessment & Action Plans

Everyone who lives and works in New York Mills is invited to be part of the Welcoming Communities program!

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Monthly sessions will be held September 2023 – April 2024. Most meetings will be held monthly from 4:30-6:30 p.m. @ the NYM City Hall Ballroom unless otherwise noted. 

The final session hosted by U of M Extension WICP team will be held on Monday, April 29th, 2024, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Continental Divide Brew Pub. ALL are welcome. There is no cost to attend. Food will be provided. Help us celebrate and activate our plans to move forward as a more welcoming community!

Click the button below to visit the NYM Welcoming Communities website, which lists all meeting times and information.

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The purpose of the New York Mills Welcoming  Communities Project is to provide a platform for equity and inclusion learning through hands-on activities with stakeholders, subject matter experts, and community members.

One of the most important aspects of the Welcoming Communities process is the assessment, which collects feedback from community members on how welcoming we are across seven sectors (school, healthcare, law enforcement, local government, non-profit, religious community, and business). The Assessment closed on January 7, 2024. Results will be shared at the January 24, 2024 Assessment Results Community Meeting at 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the New York Mills City Hall Ballroom.

ALL people who live and work in NYM are asked to take the assessment by January 7, 2024 (NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE!). The assessment is available in both English and Spanish. Just click here:

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Of the seven sectors identified, feel free to weigh in on all that you are familiar with. Each one counts towards our goal!

We will use the assessment results to better understand our strengths and areas of opportunity. We will use our 2024 sessions to create an action plan to be more welcoming in the future. Please be part of these efforts by taking the assessment, sharing with those you know, and joining us for future sessions!

If any accommodations and/or support are needed to attend sessions (e.g., child care, translation, interpreter, transportation), contact Betsy Roder at or 218-385-3339.

New York Mills Welcoming Communities is brought to you by New York Mills Forward along with University of Minnesota Extension, and thanks to financial support from Otter Tail Lakes Country Association, West Central Initiative, Perham Health, and New York Mills Lions Club.