Austin Positive Action Coalition (APAC)

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Creating a safe a welcoming community

As a community member, you will always have that opportunity to influence someone else’s life. How will you face that challenge? For the past several months I have had the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of people that
truly want to create a safe and welcoming community. This group is formally known as APAC (Austin Positive Action Coalition). The group meets monthly and was organized as part of a 5-year grant that was awarded to the community
of Austin by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division. The Parenting Resource Center is the local host organization for the planning and Implementation of the grant.


Collective Impact

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Collaboration is a term tossed around community tables and within organizations with ease, because at the root, we know it’s the right thing to do…and if we are dealing with limited resources it may be desperation to survive that forces you to the table initially, but it’s the collective impact that keeps you there. Could we impact with greater strength if we explore what collaboration in the form of collective impact looks like, feels like, and offers communities who dare to go beyond collaboration?


Take the Sting Out of the Science Fair

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

science-fair-3The 2017 STEAM Expo (science fair) will be on February 24, 2017 at IJ Holton Intermediate School. While it is still months away, it is not too early to start talking with your 3rd or 4th grade students about participating. It takes time to select and complete a project for this event.




Oct 15: County Conversation: Destination Brownsdale!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Join area community members to continue exploring the work of creating environments, organizations, and community that focuses on well-being. Mower Refreshed County Conversations are designed to engage communities in recognizing the amazing resources they have and how to use those resources to impact the health and wellness of their communities. Join us to #growmowergoodbrownsdale!

RSVP to Deb Smith or 507.567.9951

Oct 11: Latinos Saludables Community Conversation

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Sunday, Oct 11 12:30-2pm | Latinos Saludables Community Conversation: Creating Environments for your Child to Success in School and Beyond | Queen of Angels, Austin, Partnering with Austin Aspires (, the Mower Refreshed Latinos Saludables team will host a conversation over soup that will engage, equip and empower those attending to consider how to creating spaces and relationships that help kids succeed in school and beyond.

RSVP at or 507.434.1039

Latinos Saludables Community Conversation Dinner!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Dine and discuss about ways to make living healthy easier over authentic Mexican food!

When: Friday, July 11, 2014
Where: Cunningham Hall at Queen of Angels | Austin, MN
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
RSVP: Call 507.434.1039 or email: