Meet our Pop-Up Block Party Team – Step-Up 2015

Each summer we have the privilege and joy of working with a group of local high school students who we hire through Minneapolis Step-Up jobs program. This summer our team of 6 Step-Up Discover students are hosting over 20 block parties through out the Cleveland Neighborhood with their fearless team leader Richard. We asked them each to share a little about themselves, so before you meet them in person, here they are, the Block Party Team:

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(L-R) Ramone, Muna, Alisha, MyKayla, Ezekiel, Phillip


My name is Mykayla, I am a Cleveland Neighborhood Association intern. I am a freshman at Columbia Heights High school. I want to be a pediatrician when I grow up. I’m glad to be working here because it gives me a chance to build better communication skills and get better at teamwork.

My name is Phillip Jackson and I go to West Hopkins High School. I play basketball I use to play for a team but now I just play for fun. I’m excited to work for CNA so I can learn about community organizing.

My name is Muna Mohamed. I’m a new intern to the Cleveland Neighborhood Association. In this summer, I hope to gain the experience that I need, to organization and do all my best for CNA. In addition, I hope to have fun and meet new people, to connect the Cleveland neighborhood and to improve and develop my skills.

My name is Alisha Yang. I am fifteen years old, and I am a CNA intern. I enjoy doing outdoor activities. By working with CNA, I hope by the end of the summer of 2015, I achieve leadership and respectful relationships. With my ability, I look forward to making the community a better place. I will try to have enormous fun, and I will always try to stay positive. I will work hard, and I will always do my best.

My name is Ezekiel A. S. Y. Terry my nickname is EASY I got my nickname from my original name . . . get it. I’m from Joliet Illinois and I’ve played the violin since 4th grade. I did boxing and I’m a very good cook. I am also an artist I draw and make music. I have 4 other sibling on my mother’s side they are, my oldest brother Zachary, second oldest Anthony, third oldest Taliah, then me, and finally the youngest Ashanti. I get my art and musical talents from them. I learned most things by watching them do them when I was younger. But basically, that’s me.

My name is Ramone Bridges. I am an incoming junior to Edison high school. This fall I will be doing PSEO at McNally Smith School of Music in St. Paul. I am in a band called The NightStones; we play indie and alternative rock. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to us on YouTube. In my free time, I am either with my band or at home practicing for myself. I am a very out -going person, and I love to meet new people.