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October 9, 2015


End the Demand for Juvenile Sex Trafficking

Community Forum

Oct. 11, 2 PM - 4:15 PM

Lake Nokomis Luth., Mpls. More info here.


Youthprise Opportunity Reboot Webinar

Info for Social Innovation Fund potential applicants. 

Register for a webinar on Oct. 12 or Nov. 16


Northside Youth Workers

Oct. 13, 4 - 5:30 PM

Farview Park, 29/Lyn N.

FFI: April Graves


Closing the Gap: Investing in Our Neighborhood Parks

Public Meeting on North Mpls. Parks

Oct. 15, 6:30–8:30 PM

North Commons,

1801 James Ave. N

Learn more.


Cedar Riverside Youth Workers

Oct. 22, 11 AM-1 PM

Brian Coyle Center, 420 15 Ave. S., FFI: Abdirahman Mukhtar


Twin Cities Career Readiness Collaborative  Meeting

Oct.  22, 8:30-10:30 AM, St. Paul, Topic: Career and Technical Ed.

Coffee and refresh-ments. RSVP here.


Office of Black Male Student Achievement Parent Council Mtg. 

Discuss community/

school issues and strengthen parent voices. Oct. 26, 6-8 PM, Davis Ctr, 1250 W. Broadway, Free dinner, childcare and give-aways. FFI: Andria Daniel or 612.668.0119



Conference on Innovations in Family Engagement

Oct. 27-30, Mpls. 

Learn more.  Register


CTE (Career & Technical Education) Works Summit

Nov. 5, 8:30 AM -4 PM

Minnetonka, MN

Conference Program  



2015 FASD Matters Conference

Nov. 19 – 20,




Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth  


Girls Inc. at the YWCA 


State of MN Hiring Event

Oct. 14, 10:30 AM- PM


Collaborative Job Board postings




MOA Job Fair

October 22, 2-5 PM



Oct. 22, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM, Central Library


Big Brothers Big Sisters 

Jobs at The Link

Hiawatha Academies



YMCA Twin Cities

U of M Extension

Division of Indian Work


Minnesota Alliance With Youth 


Job Seeker Bulletin


Fall Learning Opportunities from The Origins Program:


Restoring Our Balance

Getting Into the Zone,

Ways to build stronger bonds: antidote to toxic stress

Oct. 15, 8:30-11:30 AM


Tapping Into Equity

Positive Behavior Strategies

Oct. 15, 12:30-3:30 PM

Each workshop $90/person

Register Here!

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

October is Bully Prevention Awareness Month

This month, groups across the country committed to stop bullying will release new resources, campaigns, and efforts aimed at bringing awareness to this important issue facing our youth.  Bullying prevention must be addressed, and one way to accomplish this is through educating ourselves, our communities and the youth in our lives.


What started as an awareness week initiated by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in October 2006, the event has evolved into a month’s worth of events and activities to raise awareness and provide the latest resources to those who need it.


Learn more and find innovative resources here.


Celebrate Lights on Afterschool October 22

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool (LoA) is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.


The Afterschool Alliance organizes LoA to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.


Host a Lights On event and tell us how you plan to celebrate. When you register your event as an official Lights on Afterschool celebration, you’ll receive an event starter kit, which includes 10 free posters to help you promote your event, and make you eligible for cool prizes each week.


Visit the LoA website for more information, to find an event, or to register your event.

MPS Seeks Input on School Calendar

Minneapolis Public Schools is developing the district calendar for the next three years. From now until Oct. 22, students, parents, and community members are encouraged to provide their input via an online survey to help determine school start and end dates and winter and spring breaks.


A committee of parents, teachers, administrators, and district staff was formed last year to research and determine options for developing the district calendar. This committee’s feedback, along with the results of the community survey, will help ensure the final calendar represents the views of individuals and families across the district.


For more information about the calendar process and to take the online survey, visit here.



What's Up 612!

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

Heart of the Beast Saturday Puppet Shows

10 AM & Noon

Avalon Theatre, 1500 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

Cost: $5 suggested donation or pay what you can

See the schedule.


October YouthLink Opportunity Center Calendar


Voting Rights Act Youth Video Competition 2015

As part of Human Rights Week, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) is sponsoring a video contest for young people in grades 4-12 and adults ages 18-25 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Right Act of 1965.


Finalists will be honored the first week of December during Human Rights Week in Minnesota, and their videos will be showcased by MDHR on YouTube. Commissioner Lindsey will recognize finalists at their school and discuss voting and the Voting Rights Act with the students' class.

Videos must be submitted to the MDHR before November 16, 2015.


For more information on the contest and video requirements, click here.


Camp Capri Third Saturdays

Rich experiences in the areas of dance, theater, music, spoken word, the visual arts and more. Students in grades 5 – 8 will work with amazing artists and get the chance to perform on stage at the Capri.


Camp Capri is free and meets every third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Capri Theater


On Saturday, October 17 they will be carving pumpkins and more during Camp Capri.  Come and see what it’s all about!


Click here for more information.



MPS Parent Advocacy Workshops & Training Opportunities

The MPS Parent Academy will host five Parent Advocacy Workshops over the 2015-2016 school year. These workshops will provide opportunities for parents in MPS to learn, develop, and enhance skills that will support their children at home and at school. 

Workshops take place on Saturdays and are hosted at school and community sites all over the city. MPS partners with PREP, Twin Cities YMCA, and Parents United for Public Schools to host these workshops.

Click here for details and flyers in Hmong, English, Spanish and Somali.


Foster Youth Guidebook: Things People Never Told Me

When you start living on your own from foster care, there are some things in life that people seem to forget to tell you about.


Find the Guidebook here.


Free Sexual Health Educational Presentations

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities is offering youth groups free comprehensive sexual health educational presentations from October 15 - December 11, 2015. The main audience is youth of color ages 12-19 in a group setting. Presentations can be customized to fit your group’s needs and each youth will leave the presentation with a hygiene kit. 


To request a presentation, fill out this form or contact Maypahou Ly

or call 651-789-2412.  



Free IT Ready Training – Cedar Riverside

This nine week program starts October 19, and meets Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Learn the technical and professional development skills to fill an entry-level IT position. Learn the basics to pass the CompTIA A+ certification exams. Alumni benefits with free continued training.


IT Ready Info Session:Wednesday, October 149:30 am

Application Testing: 10:00 am 

Brian Coyle Center, Computer Lab, 420 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 


If you can't attend the info session, contact Mohamed at 612-236-0465.


Find out more about IT Ready here.

United Way Student Essay Contest

Students in grades 3-5 are invited to share their 100-word stories of how they Live United to improve their community. Winners will get gift cards with the top winner receiving $500 and the nine runners-up each receiving $100. Winning essays will be published in the Star Tribune.


Get more information and submission information here. 


Essays must be received by October 16.


Beat the Odds® Scholarship

Beat the Odds® 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. This year's recipients will each receive $5,000.


The application deadline is October 16 at 11:59 PM.  See more here.


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest

Open to all Minneapolis students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades.

1st Place $300, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $100


Essays are due by November 16. Click here for more information.