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September 11, 2015


Monarch Festival

Sept. 12 10 AM-4 PM

Lake Nokomis

More info here.


Cultural and Class Conflicts in Mentor-Mentee Matches

Sept. 17, 12-1:15 PM 

Live webinar for mentoring 

organizations and professionals

Register here.


Family Fun Day & Tech Expo

Sept. 19, 10 AM-2 PM

Children with disabilities, their families, and  professionals can explore assistive technology. Live music and fun activities.

PACER Center

Info and RSVP


Students Lead in Anti-Racist Classrooms + Knowing Where We Come From Determines Where We're Going

Sept. 21, 6 - 7:30 PM, 

An EDTalk with Tom Rademacher, 2014 MN Teacher of the Year and Peggy Flanagan, Exec. Dir., Children's Defense Fund - MN

Info and Registration


Cedar Riverside Youth Workers Collaborative

Sept. 22, 11 AM-1 PM, Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S, Mpls.


Heading Home Hennepin Brownbag

Sept. 23, 12-1 PM

Simpson Housing, 2740 1st Ave. S, Mpls. 

"No Wrong Door":  combating  juvenile sex trafficking.  



Sept. 25, 9 AM-3 PM, Falcon Heights 

Learn, network and have fun.  Find info and registration here.


Minnesota Youth Council Swearing-In 

Sept. 27, 4:30-6:30 PM, Bloomington, MN

Meet  youth council members. More info and registration here.


Fix It Tech Event

Sept. 29, 3-7 PM

North Regional Library

Free computer repair and technology support

Learn more here. 


Free 2015 Konopka Institute Lecture

Sept. 30, 3:30 - 6 PM

St. Paul. Open to the public. Hear about efforts on health and educational equity. Visit the Konopka webpage.


Native Youth Worker Circle 

Oct. 9, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM, Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St. 



National Check & Connect Conference

October 7-8, U of M

Student engagement among at-risk youth.

Find more info and registration here. (deadline Sept. 18)




ABCs of Reading 

Sept. 30, 9 AM-12 PM, 

St. Paul.  Preparing adults to be reading tutors for grades K-3. For volunteers and tutors who work in after-school programs. Info and registration.


PACER Center Workshops

Free  to parents of children with disabilities and professionals.


Center for Early Education and Development Summer Online Courses

Click here for a list of the courses.


ATTACh Conference: Attachment Matters Raising the Bar for Child Wellbeing

September 24-17, Mpls. Trauma and attachment training. Register


YIPA Trainings


Search Institute November Trainings








YMCA Twin Cities


U of M Extension


Patchwork Quilt Program Director and Youth Workers


Division of Indian Work




Minnesota Alliance With outh AmeriCorps Promise Fellows


Girl Scouts of MN & WI River Valleys


Job Seeker Bulletin



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

Gen Next Reads

According to Generation Next, the solution to the achievement gap is simple: Tutoring. That's why, on September 1, 2015, the group launched “Gen Next Reads”, a campaign to recruit more adults to tutor children in reading.


For more than a year Generation Next has been working with a dozen key literacy organizations to share best practices and help each other get better.  Now many of the organizations use a common assessment tool, the Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST) test, developed at the University of Minnesota to help compare what is working best and to share successful approaches with each other.


Through the help of United Way, Generation Next is also bringing to town Reading Partners, an organization that has shown in many other communities that they can get results training volunteer reading tutors.


See more at the Generation Next website.  


Share Your Journey at MPS

Support Minneapolis Public Schools students by sharing your career experience and advice at an AchieveMpls Career Fair.


You can deliver a 15-20 minute classroom presentation about the highlights and challenges of your career, how you got where you are today, and how to prepare now for a career in your field. Or you

can host a table in the gymnasium and have brief conversations with students as they come by about careers in your field.


Find more information and sign-up for a career fair here. 

Child & Teen Check Ups Seeks Community Health Worker

Hennepin County is seeking a FT Senior Community Health Worker- Bilingual-Spanish for a two year grant position with benefits. 

Requirements include two+ years of college in community/public health or two+ years of work experience in customer service and community outreach in diverse communities, or a combination of both to equal two years. A driver’s license is also required.   

Send a resume to Kathryn Wood by Sept. 18, 5 PM.  Also contact Kathryn for a job description.

Beat the Odds Scholarship Program

The Beat the Odds® scholarship program honors outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity in life to achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership in their communities and aspire to attend college. 

Each year, through a competitive review process, Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota selects five of the most deserving Twin Cities-area high school students for a Beat the Odds® scholarship to be put toward college expenses.


If you want to nominate a student, complete and submit the application located here by Friday, October 16, 2015 at 11:59 PM. 


Opportunities for Young People



Want to Make a Difference? Join the MYC 

The Minneapolis Youth Congress (MYC) is now accepting members for the 2015-2016 school year. 


MYC is a representative body of 45-50 youth leaders from grades 8-12. 

Each MYC member sits on a committee (Health, Education, Housing, Safety, Transportation, Health, and Green) and works in collaboration with elected officials for the welfare of Minneapolis youth. 


The position offers a stipend in addition to other great incentives.  

For more information contact LaToya Balogun or Evan Barnett or download this application. Applications are due September 25, 2015.

What's Up 612!

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


Free IT Ready Training in Cedar Riverside

Young people, 18-24, will learn the skills necessary to fill an entry-level IT position in three months. An optional paid 6 month internship opportunity is available. 


Learn more at an IT Ready Info Session:

Thursdays, September 17 or 24, 12:30 – 2:30 PM

Brian Coyle Center, 420 15 Ave. S, Minneapolis


Eligibility: Minneapolis resident, high school diploma or GED, no previous college degree, US citizen or legal immigrant

Questions: Mohamed Ali, EMERGE, (612) 236-0465

StemFuse: Game Design for High Schoolers

Learn introductory level computer programming through game design. By the end of the course you will have created three games to share or sell.

Oct 5 - mid February, Every Monday - Thursday, 4 - 5:30 PM

Learn more at an orientation Sept 9, 16, 23, or 30 at 4:30 PM 

EMERGE1834 Emerson Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 

To register or for more info contact Ami Lazo: 612-787-3756


Camp Capri/Third Saturdays

Third Saturday of every month starting September 19, 10 AM - 2 PM

Capri Theater, North Minneapolis.


Youth in grades 5-8 can explore, make, and perform art - free of charge. Capri Artistic Associate Dennis Spears and guest artists will lead students in activities from dance to drumming, spoken word, visual arts, music, and more – all designed to help each student discover their own interests, develop their innermost talents and make good friends in the process. This program is free.


Find more information and register here.


Act Six Twin Cities Scholarships

An initiative of Urban Ventures, Act Six is Minneapolis-St. Paul’s only full-tuition, full-need urban leadership award. 


For Fall 2015, Act Six will select between 30-40 of the Twin Cities’ most promising urban leaders for scholarships to four partner colleges: Augsburg, Bethel, North Central or Northwestern-St Paul.


Check your eligibility and start an application here.


Release Days at Urban Arts Academy

Urban Arts Academy is offering 12 day camps during release days from MPS this year. Visit their  website for more information.


INYD: Film for Social Change

Free in-depth filmmaking course for teens. Learn screenwriting, production, acting, editing, and more while creating a collaborative, independent film that will be exhibited in a final film festival.

  • Learn more at the free info session on September 21 at 5 PM
  • Apply by September 28
  • Classes every Monday beginning October 5, 4 - 6:30 PM

Click here for more info & registration.


Navigate Your World: A Celebration of Global Girls in Aviation Day

Saturday, September 26, 9 AM – 4 PM, Downtown St. Paul Airport

An opportunity for girls to see how STEM tools equip them to explore life, work and play from new perspectives.


Learn more and register here.


Minneapolis Community Education

Find classes and activities for families and children, parents and teens on pages 53 & 54 of the Community Education catalog.



Mnneapolis Public Schools 2015-2016 Calendar

See calendar.


YouthLink Youth Opportunity Center Calendar

See calendar.


2015 Back to School Toolkit

For Minnesota Health Department affiliates, advocates, and organizations of all types to use with parents, youth and school personnel to raise awareness of the importance of talking about mental health. 


Find the toolkit here.


Partner Build Grow

This Action Guide provides school administrators, program directors, civic leaders, and other stakeholders with tools to improve the sustainability of school-based approaches that promote students’ cognitive, social, and emotional health & educational success. 


See more.