The Forgotten Neighborhoods: Moorhead, Minnesota’s Healthy Community Initiative

  • Michael J. Nakkula
  • Karen C. Foster
  • Marc Mannes
  • Shenita Bolstrom
Part of the The Search Institute Series on Developmentally Attentive Community and Society book series (SISS, volume 7)


We follow the Traverse Bay initiative’s emphasis on one particular sector with the focus in Moorhead, Minnesota, on the needs and invisibility of specific neighborhoods. In particular, concerns about underage drinking and lack of out-of-school activities among youth in some of the poorest White and Latino neighborhoods served as a focal point for much of this initiative’s work. By collaborating closely with parks and recreation and community law enforcement, the initiative promoted such activities as a “Weed and Seed” program in an economically depressed neighborhood. The intent of this program was to stimulate neighborhood pride and a sense of civic responsibility among the youth. In addition to working with the parks and recreation and law enforcement sectors, Moorhead has pursued its neighborhood-based orientation by actively engaging elder leaders, supporting Latino youth as community leaders, and bringing the generations together to collectively build a stronger community.


Youth Development Focus Group Participant Positive Youth Development Underage Drinking Developmental Asset 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Nakkula
    • 1
  • Karen C. Foster
    • 2
  • Marc Mannes
    • 3
  • Shenita Bolstrom
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Applied Psychology-Human DevelopmentGraduate School of Education, University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.AndoverUSA
  3. 3.Search InstituteMinneapolisUSA
  4. 4.Medtronic, Inc.MinneapolisUSA

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