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June 18, 2015



Find Things for Young People To Do Visit What's UP 612


Networking Meetings

East Side, Northside, and Southside youth worker networking meetings will reconvene in Sept.   


YouthLink's June   

Youth Opportunity Center Calendar

Click here


C2i Youth Photo Voice Gallery Show Mixer

June 18, 5-8 PM

UROC, Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and photos by C2i Foster Youth. Click here to RSVP.



June 20, 10 AM

North Mississippi Regional Park, 5114 N. Mississippi Dr., Mpls. More info here. 


Community Empowerment through Black Men Healing Conference

June 25-26, 2015

Metropolitan State University, St. Paul 

“Historical Trauma: Addressing Gender Issues in the African American Community”

Register now.

Fix-It Tech Event 

June 26, 11 AM-3 PM
EMERGE Career Tech Center, 1834 Emerson Ave N. A free technology education event providing computer hardware repair, education and tech support. More info.


MPS at Twin Cities Pride

June 28, 10 AM,

Meet at 3rd St. & Marquette.  Staff, students and families are invited to march with us. RSVP  Jason Bucklin. Questions: 612.668.5482

Foster Care & Adoption Rally

June 28, 2-6 PM

Hallie Q. Brown Community Ctr., MLK Park, St. Paul

Promote community awareness and action through partnerships, sharing experiences and resources to obtain permanent, loving families who can maintain cultural connections for African American children in the MN child welfare system.



ESNS Minnesota Opportunity Corps Employment Navigator: 2015-16 

See positions.


Northeast College Prep Hiring 

Seeking teachers, and more, for 2015-2016. Click here.


No Wrong Door

Hennepin County training on sexually exploited teens. Learn risk factors, recruiting techniques, red flags and resources.

July 14, 8:30-11 AM

Ridgedale Library – RHR room. Directions

RSVP by 7/8/15. 

Youthprise Grant Opportunities

Capacity Building grants are offered to build the capacity of organizations to participate in out-of-school time/expanded learning systems (OST) and youth engagement. These are one-year grants to small and mid-size nonprofit youth-serving organizations with operating budgets of less than $2 million. The average grant award will be $25,000.


Youth Participatory Action Research Challenge Grants, new this year, are available for programs that use approaches for youth participatory action research. Youthprise is seeking host sites that can help expand its youth philanthropy initiative, YouthBank, in 2016. Challenge grants require a 1:1 match from grantees. Youthprise will provide matching grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 for Youth Participatory Action Research projects conducted by youth-serving organizations.


The deadline for both grants is July 10, 2015.


Find more info and applications at the Youthprise website.


Teens Push Minneapolis City Council for Flavored Tobacco Ban

The Minneapolis City Council is considering an ordinance to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products from convenience stores, grocery stores and drug stores and would restrict these products to adult-only tobacco stores. The ordinance would also raise the minimum price of cigars and cigarillos to make them less affordable for kids. 

Anti-smoking advocates say the products are aimed at hooking teens on tobacco and local young people set out to prove it.


The Minneapolis Youth Congress, high school students formed to advocate for real changes in their community, teamed up with Breathe Free North, an anti-smoking youth group based in north Minneapolis, to collect data on the products from their peers and from convenience stores. They found flavored tobacco and cigarillos are often the first tobacco products teens try. 


The teens presented their data to Minneapolis City Council members. 

Council Member Cam Gordon remarked that the council was very impressed with the young people’s testimony and thinks the ordinance will pass later this summer.


View the KARE 11 story here.  


1,600 STEP-UP Interns Started Their First Day of Work this Week

The City of Minneapolis youth employment program, STEP-UP, kicked off its 12th summer this week with 1,600 Minneapolis youth and young adults ages 14-21 starting their paid summer internships at 230 participating government agencies, nonprofits and corporations throughout the Twin Cities metro area.  


Created in 2004, STEP-UP serves Minneapolis young people who face some of the greatest barriers to employment, including youth from families of lower economic backgrounds, youth of color and youth with disabilities. Since the program was launched in 2004, it has provided nearly 20,000 internship opportunities.


STEP-UP interns explore career interests, gain valuable on-the-job skills, make strong professional connections, and prepare for meaningful careers. Before being placed into their internship, most STEP-UP participants receive between 7-14 hours of work-readiness training and complete a mock interview that prepares them for their experience.


Participants will complete their internships on August 14. Workdays and experiences vary site to site; on average youth work from 20-32 hours per week. A job site supervisor, and often times a mentor, guide the youth through the internship over the summer. Many times these relationships continue for months or years beyond the internship. 


Speak Up Minneapolis

Minneapolis Public Schools, in partnership with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) and the Mayor's Youth Violence Prevention Blueprint, has launched an anonymous youth tip-line called "Speak Up Minneapolis." This tip-line allows youth from across the city to phone or text reports of potential violence including weapons in schools, parks, libraries or other locations. Trained counselors are available 24 hours a day to take detailed summaries of the potential threat and will then phone and email a complete report to MPD and district Emergency Management and Safety & Security staff.

CALL 1-866-SPEAK-UP or text MPLS to 847-411. 



North Community YMCA Free Dinner and Activities for Teens

Teens ages 13-18 who are enrolled in school can come to the North Community Y from 5:30-9 PM, Monday-Friday, for a free dinner (served everyday at 5 PM) and activities designed for them.

No membership is required for this program.

Education Funding Watch

This Foundation Center newsletter is devoted to education-related topics, and includes links to  education-related news, resources, funding opportunities for individuals and organizations, and job listings. Link.


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Viewbook

A guide to all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities containing information about affordability/financial aid, Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) and a chart listing comprehensive program offerings.  This publication was formerly known as ‘Go Places’.  Link 


Spokes Open Bike Shop

For anyone who rides a bicycle that needs some repairs. Just show up at 1915 East 22nd Street, Minneapolis on June 20 any time between 1-5:00 PM. Cost: Free. Teens: Need some bike repairs? Use our tools to fix your bike. Friendly bicycle mechanics.