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The main goal of CHANCE is to strengthen the interdependent relationship between Cedar Riverside residents and business owners and the University of Minnesota through civic engagement programming that builds the capacity of all of us, as neighbors, to advance a shared vision.

Click Here for CHANCE Meeting Schedule for 2015-2016

CHANCE students were been busy in Fall 2014!

West Bank Ride 2014



CHANCE student leadership team members Erin Olson and Thor Hong with CIL staff member Merrie Benasutti at the annual West Bank Ride. The West Bank Ride is coordinated by the West Bank Business Association and financially supported by Twin Cities LISC and the C4ward collaborative. The ride encourages cyclists to enjoy the West Bank and its local businesses. On Saturday, October 4th, cyclists rode through the West Bank enjoying pitstops at featured West Bank landmarks including family-friendly games and music. CHANCE hosted one of the pitstops where young riders could color license plates for their bicycles.

CHANCE Monthly Meetings

Graduate student Thor Hong and Abdi Mukhtar pose in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Members of CHANCE met with local community leader Abdi Mukhtar at our October CHANCE meeting. Abdi Mukhtar works with youth and is a staff member of the Brian Coyle Center. CHANCE students learned about the current challenges facing youth in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood and about Abdi's life.



CHANCE Monthly Meeting Schedule


America Here I Come Book Launch

CHANCE leadership team members Erin Olson and Thor Hong with CIL staff member Sara Nobbs pose with author Hamsa Warfa at the America Here I Come book launch on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Local community member Hamsa Warfa has written the book about his experience coming to America and developing as a leader.



CHANCE celebrates 5 years of shared successes with the Cedar Riverside neighborhood

View photos and read about the Anniversary celebration, student and community profiles here.

CHANCE video


CHANCE makes a difference in the Cedar Riverside Community; watch this short video to hear more.

For more information, contact Merrie Benasutti at, (612) 624-8300.