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On Thursday, February 11, 2016 the Children’s Defense Fund and the at the Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council Early Childhood Network co-sponsored a presentation of the current Minnesota KIDS COUNT Data Book, “Developing Opportunities for All Minnesota Children,” which focuses on outcomes and successful opportunities for children of color. The event was held at the Northwest Family Service Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. The presenters were Stephanie Hogenson, Research and Policy Director for KIDS COUNT, and Daniel Yang, Senior Organizer for KIDS COUNT




Brooklyn Park reveals youthful look compared to peers

Youthful, growing and global. Those are three ways to describe Brooklyn Park according to a new study on the future of the city.

The report by the Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council shows the city continues to grow in population, diversity and is getting younger.

"Brooklyn Park is a good place to be," said Mame Samba Fall, founder of the Multicultural Kids Network.

According to the report, 42 percent of births in Brooklyn Park between 2003 and 2013 were to foreign-born moms.

"Brooklyn Park, I believe compared to many other cities, is a good place for immigrants," said Samba Fall, who is from Senegal in West Africa.

Projected population spike

Brooklyn Park's growth will continue too. Forecasts predict the city will have a population of 89,000 by 2030 - an increase of about 11,000 people.

"It's always been the plan to have this staged growth," said Kim Berggren, said Brooklyn Park's community development director. "There's available land here still, pretty close into the city. So we do expect as we build out we'll see additional residents moving into Brooklyn Park and our population will grow substantially."

Brooklyn Park also has a youthful side. The report shows that 31 percent of the city's population is younger than 19 years old. By comparison Hennepin County's youth population is 25 percent.

"It makes Brooklyn Park a really vibrant community to have a young population," Berggren said. "[There are] a lot of dynamics in our youth population, and in our youth athletics and youth opportunities."

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Eric Nelson, reporting