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July 30, 2015


Riverfront Fest

July 31, 5:30 PM - dark, Ole Olson Park, 2325 West River Road N.

Food trucks, live music, boat ballet & kids fun. 


Owamni Falling Water Festival

Free Family Event

Aug. 1, 4-8 PM

Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 SE Main St.

Celebrating Indigenous culture with art, food, exhibits, and more.

More info at this link.


PACER Symposium on Children’s Mental Health & Learning Disabilities

Aug. 4, 8 AM - 4 PM, Mpls. Convention Ctr. 

Find info here. 


National Night Out (NNO) August 4

Register and learn more about NNO.


National Night Out at Asian Media Access 

August 4, 5-8 PM, 2418 Plymouth Ave. N., Mpls. Food, children’s activities, a peek into a police car and firetruck. 


Fremont Fun Fest

August 4, 5-7:30 PM, 3300 Fremont Ave. N

An NNO event for families near the Fremont Clinic. 

Questions? Email Jakeea Quirk or call 612-287-2456


Racial MicroAgressions: What’s the Big Deal?

August 13, 6-8 PM, YWCA, 1130 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Register here.


MIC 2015 Summit: Increasing Life Opportunities & Equity With Our Youth

September 10, 7 AM – 5 PM, TAP Resource Center, St Paul,

Register and find more information here.  


Employment for Adults

Youthprise Senior Program Administrator


C2i ILSC Position


EMERGE Employment Facilitator


Girl Scouts of MN & WI River Valleys Community Partnership Specialist- Latina Initiative


MN Alliance with Youth Team Director of Education and Training  


Fall 2015 MPS Farm to School Internship


Local Food Policy Student Internship


ESNS Employment and Training Coordinator


City of Minneapolis Job Seeker Bulletin

Training for Adults

Ripples of Resilience: Cultivating Care for Self & Community

August 26, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM, St. Paul, MN

An intro to  concepts of stress and trauma and strategies to care for oneself and others. Register


STAR-Lite Training: Learning Strategies for Trauma Aware-ness and Resilience

in a Single Day 

August 15, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Minneapolis.  Learn how to be trauma-informed and resilience-oriented. CEs available. Register


ATTACh Conference: Attachment Matters Raising the Bar for Child Wellbeing

September 24-17, Minneapolis. Join parents and profes-sionals to learn from one another and receive training from leaders in the field of trauma and attachment. Register


Upcoming YIPA Trainings

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Please submit your news items to Pat Behrend or call 612-673-6220.



"Let's Talk About It"

A community public awareness event on mental health and wellness and suicide prevention. Each event includes free food, a resource fair, a keynote address, student and adult panel discus-sions, and a question and answer period. 

Sponsored by SAVE (Suicide Awaresness Voices of Education).


To host this event in your community, contact Linda Mars or 952-946-7998.

STEP-UP Worksite Walking Tour

The July 21 STEP-UP Worksite Walking Tour, focused on the Cedar Riverside neighborhood where 42 STEP-UP interns are working at ten organizations. 

The tour kicked off at the Carlson School of Manage-ment with coffee and welcome addresses from Minneapolis City Council member Abdi Warsame and Minneapolis Workforce Council Chair Carolyn Roby. Then the 71 tour participants were led by STEP-UP intern guides to the Somali American Parent Association, Riverside Plaza Tenants Association, and People’s Center Health Services. Tour groups watched presentations about these three STEP-UP work sites and internship positions and spoke with the STEP-UP Interns working at each site. 

After the walking tour, participants returned to the Carlson School for lunch and a STEP-UP intern and employer panel discussion.


See the WCCO news story about the event here.


People's Center

People’s Center Health Services Director of Advancement Carrie Moore and STEP-UP intern Hadia


Request for Fall Afterschool Program Content

What’s Up 612! has launched and is off to a great start! If you would like your youth program(s), community event and/or youth resource featured in What’s Up 612!, or need to update your current program information for the fall season, please follow the format listed below.


Submit information via email to Afterschool Project Director Fatima Muhammad by Monday, August 10, 2015 in the following manner:


To list a program in What’s Up 612!, provide the following information:

  • Brief description of program
  • Activity type; health and fitness, academics, arts etc.
  • Time and days offered
  • Targeted grade level(s)
  • Program cost and scholarship information, if applicable
  • Location
  • Contact information and website address
  • Photo and/or video (recommended but not required)

To featured an event in the What’s Up 612! Event Calendar, provide:

  • Brief description of event
  • Date and time of event
  • Location
  • Direct link to website and/or PDF, if applicable

To have a resource featured in What’s Up 612! provide the following: 

  • Brief description of organization offering resource
  • Resource type
  • Targeted audience
  • Direct link to website and/or PDF

Questions? Submit via email or call 612-673-2131. This free service is provided by the Minneapolis Afterschool Network.

Mayor Hodges Hires Staff to Focus on Youth, Early Education Initiatives

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has hired two new staff members to address her Cradle to K effort and to focus on the city’s racial disparities.


Angela Watts, the former senior director of health prevention and promotion for the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, will serve as the mayor’s senior policy aide on early childhood education and youth development. Watts will work on bringing together different sectors to implement Cradle to K, an initiative that aims to boost the health and living conditions of babies and young children and their families.

Phillipe Cunningham, a former special education teacher in Chicago and member of Minneapolis’ Executive Committee on Youth Violence Prevention, will be the mayor’s senior policy aide for education and youth success. He will focus on addressing racial disparities and closing the achievement gap for youth in Minneapolis. He will also work on behalf of the city in the My Brother’s Keeper program, the effort that targets education and employment gaps among minority boys and young men.


Read the whole story.


What Can Milwaukee Learn From Our Youth Violence Prevention Plan?

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Ashley Luthern and Precious Lives producer Emily Forman visited Minneapolis to learn how the city is handling youth violence, and what Milwaukee can learn.


Minneapolis has been following a citywide plan, the Minneapolis Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence. The plan brings government agencies, law enforcement, non-profits, and businesses together to look at how to prevent youth violence. The plan is framed by broad goals that drive the work that is done. The goals include connecting every young person with a trusted adult, intervene at the first sign of “at risk” behavior, rejuvenate kids, and attack the culture of violence.


"Minneapolis also frames youth violence as a public health issue. They actually made a resolution to declare gun violence a public health issue in Minneapolis and I think that show of commitment from the health department was really an important message for the community in showing that the city cares," said Emily Forman. 


Read the whole story. 


Opportunities for Youth

Latino Youth Council Seeks Members

Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs (MCLA) is seeking members for its Latino Youth Council.  Latino youth will serve as Ambassadors of Parity in Policy within the state’s legislative process. The council will work closely with the Legislative Director, Annastacia Belladonna-Carrera, in fostering civic engagement among Latino youth throughout the State of MN. 

Contact Annastacia at (651) 284-3035 for more information. 


Mazinaakizige - American Indian Teen Photography Program

This semester long arts-based internship with the Minnesota Historical Society provides six American Indian high school students from the metro area work with artist mentors as they investigate American Indian representations - historic and contemporary - and create their own gallery show at Two Rivers Gallery in Minneapolis. Learn digital photography, get behind-the-scenes access to artwork & objects, and build your resume.

Saturdays, 12-5 PM, Sept. 19 - Nov. 21, MN History Ctr., St. Paul 

Apply by August 19. Find more information and an application here.


Youth Outdoors Is Hiring Youth

Youth Outdoors is an after-school youth job program at Conservation Corps Minnesota. Youth must be between the ages of 15 and 18, live in Ramsey or Hennepin County and reside in low-income households. Applications are due August 7; the job starts on September 10.  


Work up to 12 hours per week with adult crew leaders on projects in parks, community gardens, and natural areas. Youth are also paid for education days on environmental education, civic engagement, resume building, etc. Youth meet at rec centers in Ramsey and Hennepin County.


Youth Outdoors will work with youth to apply for PSEO and learn more about jobs at the DNR.  Youth will also have the opportunity to continue working with the Corps in the summer.

Questions? Contact Arielle Johnson or(651) 209-9900 x15. Apply here.


What's Up 612!

Find afterschool and summer activities in Minneapolis for ages 5-21.


Clyde Turner Basketball Camp

Phillip Community Center Camp, 2323 11th Ave. S, Mpls, MN

Aug 17-21, 11:30 AM to 5 PM Camps are open to boys and girls 9 to 17 years old (grade 5-11), $25

Aug 22, 9 AM to Noon – For boys & girls ages 6-10 (no cost)