Sherman Patterson

Year
2014
Term
24 months
Program
Minneapolis, MNSherman Patterson wants to end the culture of gun violence in Minneapolis. An audacious goal, but few are better suited for the job than Sherman. A public safety policy aide for former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. A community liaison for Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau. A resident of a Minneapolis neighborhood notorious for gun violence. He has built the connections and earned the respect, both in the corridors of power and on the street corners, that are necessary to tackle this issue. Sherman will use his Fellowship to devise and implement a wide range of strategies to combat gun violence in our communities.

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Updates and Insights from Bush Fellows During Their Leadership Journey

Life is about learning and changing, and the direction I’m headed is clear in front of me: I’m on a track of ramping up opportunities and opening doors. I am continuing to grow and flex my skills as I tackle the projects and events I’ve created and executed, moving forward with the momentum from the Bush Fellows opportunity and continuing to build on myself inwardly: spiritually, mentally, and professionally, working on leadership skills ranging from a grassroots to an executive level.

I’m Sherman Patterson Jr., and before I was a Bush Fellow, I was a mentor and community leader who saw a need for change in my city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Too many times I felt my immediate community impacted by violence; too many times I saw children looking for role models and wanting someone to listen to them. I saw the reality around me and realized, something needs to be done and I would love the resources to be able to achieve that change.

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Sherman Patterson Fellowships