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October 23, 2015


MPS Parent Advocacy Workshop

Saturday, October 24,

MPS Davis Center

For more info click here.


Youth Leadership Development

“Above The EDGE”

Oct 25 and 26

More information and registration. Free


The Office of Black Male Student Achievement Parent Council Meeting

Oct. 26, 6-8 pm, Davis Ctr., 1250 West Broad-way. Free dinner and childcare, FFI: Andria Daniel or 612-668-0119


2015 International Conference on Innovations in Family Engagement

Oct. 27-30, Minneapolis

Learn more.  Register


Cedar Riverside Youth Worker Collaborative

Oct. 27, 11 am-1 pm

Brian Coyle Center, 420 15 Ave. S.

FFI: Abdi Mukhtar


Native Youth Workers Circle

November 5, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St. Questions


NCR Open House

Nov. 5, 4-6:30 pm

Crown Roller Mill, Rm 425, 105 Fifth Ave. S.

Light refreshments

Learn more.  


The Homestretch

Screening of homeless youth documentary with a panel discussion.

Nov. 4, 6:30 pm, Minneapolis Central Library. Free. Open to the public. Visit website.


Career & Technical Education Works Summit

Nov. 5, 8:30 am -4 pm

Minnetonka, MN

Conference Program  



The Raising of America: Minnesota's Early Childhood Challenges and Opportunities

Nov. 10,  5:30-7:45 pm

UROC, Minneapolis

Free. Open to the public

Info and registration.


Paper Tigers Documentary Screening

Nov. 19, 7 pm, Riverview Theater

3800 42 Ave S, Mpls. See how one school decreased suspensions, and in-creased graduation rates. Registration here.


2015 FASD Matters Conference

Nov. 19 – 20,

Brooklyn Park, MN 



Save the Date: March 29, 2016. Youth Day at the Capitol!

Training for Adults

Webinar Don't Forget the Families: Tapping the Power of Parent-Child Relationships

Oct. 29, 12-1 pm

Explore ways to strengthen work with families. Click here for info and registration. 


Emotional Intelligence & Understanding ACEs

MN Communities Caring for Children Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota is hosting the following workshops.


Nov. 12, 1-9 pm

Bemidji, MN

Register here.


Nov. 16, 1-9 pm

Sauk Rapids, MN

Register here.


Nov. 18, 1-9 pm

Duluth, MN

Register here.


Dec. 16, 1-9 pm

Mankato, MN

Register here. 

Jobs for Adults

Hennepin County Housing Referral Coordinator


Girls Inc. at the YWCA of Minneapolis

Collaborative Job Board

Jobs at The Link

Hiawatha Academies



YMCA Twin Cities

U of M Extension


Minnesota Alliance With Youth


City of Minneapolis Job Seeker Bulletin

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We're Listening: Early Learning in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), in partnership with the Minnesota Initiative Foundations and Minnesota’s Future, is holding community listening sessions to learn how to be more effective in linking policies, programs and practices to ensure every child in Minnesota has a high-quality early education.


Information discussed and themes that arise will be documented and shared with the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services and the Children’s Cabinet for consideration while planning effective prenatal through 3rd grade policies, programs and practices.


Join the discussion! Attend this session:

Monday, November 2, 6-7:30 p.m.

Conference Center A, MDE, 1500 Hwy 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113


To register visit the Minnesota Department of Education website.


City's School Resource Officers Receive Mental Health Training

On October 14, Minneapolis police officers and Minneapolis Public Schools staff began a two-day training focused on developing critical skills and response strategies for addressing predictable behavior issues that arise when working with youth with mental health issues. The training was part of a collaboration between the National League of Cities and the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change. Minneapolis was selected as one of two cities nationwide to receive free, in-depth, adolescent mental health training for its middle and high school resource officers (SROs).


The course is built on the extensive training SROs continuously receive to ensure that they are prepared to handle the challenging situations that can arise in a school day. The SROs learn best practices on how to provide safe learning environments, innovative ways to build relationships with students, and how to approach diversity and respect the many cultures seen throughout Minneapolis. This comprehensive training enables SROs to engage with students on a personal level while equipping them with the necessary tools to effectively deescalate potentially dangerous situations.


To learn more, visit the National League of Cities website.


Native Youth Futures Adds New Team Member


LeVi Boucher has been hired as the MIGIZI Financial Literacy/21st Century Skills Trainer for the Native Youth Futures – Financially Independent program. LeVi has been working with youth within the Twin Cities’ American Indian communities for the past five years. LeVi’s previous work has focused on college and career readiness, student leadership, cultural identity, and community mentoring. In addition, LeVi volunteers her time at the Hennepin County Home School by facilitating a talking circle with the American Indian residents and is a mentor to a youth within the community through the 7th Generation National Tribal Mentoring Program.

Find out more about MIGIZI Communications


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How Innovative Programs Are Opening Pathways to Good Healthcare Jobs for Inner-city Youth

On a summer morning, a gaggle of high school kids of all races and economic backgrounds swarm onto the Augsburg College campus in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood at an uncharacteristically early hour.


They are here to be transformed — literally, as short pants, long African print skirts, T-shirts and summer tops disappear beneath maroon-colored medical scrubs. Almost immediately, adolescent antics subside and the noise volume plummets. Looks of curiosity cross many students’ faces.


Welcome to Urban Scrubs Camp 2015, a weeklong immersion in health-care careers attended by 76 students in early July. Fifty-seven more students attended another scrubs camp at Saint Paul College later in the month. At both camps, young people got firsthand experience about what it’s like to work in the health-care field from real-life professionals and college instructors.


Read more of this MINN POST article by Jay Walljasper here.


Learn more about Urban Scrub Camps here. 


Seeking Hmong American Parents Living in North Minneapolis

Asian Media Access (AMA) is looking to collaborate with area Hmong American families to pilot the Bicultural Parenting Curriculum developed by Dr. Blong Xiong, along with University of Minnesota Extension.


Asian Media Access has produced six videos to accompany the curriculum. They are designed to help family educators, parents, and adolescents:

• Understand Southeast Asian family perspectives about parenting

• Understand immigrant families and the differences among them

• Identify and address problems of daily parenting in a bicultural context

• Address issues affecting parent-child relationships in a foreign context

• Understand Southeast Asian issues and family strengths


Participating parents will be compensated for providing feedback on each training session.


Interested parents can contact AMA at 612-376-7715 or Hai Thao. 


Opportunities for Youth

Employment and Opportunity Guide for Minneapolis Youth

Find jobs, internships, career exploration, volunteer opportunities, job search help and more here.


Kids Build Weekend Workshops

Free, 2-hour carpentry workshop for children ages 5-12.

Second Saturday of the month, 10 am - 12 pm

740 Olive Street, Saint Paul, MN

Sponsored by North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters

For more information and upcoming workshops, click here.

What's Up 612!

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

Urban Scrubs Camp

Scrubs Camp provides a unique opportunity for middle school and high school students to explore careers in the health sciences.  A collaborative project between HealthForce Minnesota, educational institutions, and healthcare employers, Scrubs Camps are offered throughout the summer at multiple locations. Campers will experience a variety of interactive hands-on activities and special field trips to get them excited about careers in the health sciences. Sessions are led by healthcare professionals and/or faculty from several area colleges and universities.


Learn more about Urban Scrub Camps here. 



Nurturing Parenting Classes at LSS

Every Thursday, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

2400 Park Avenue, Minneapolis 55404

12 session series with free childcare

See flyer.


Lifeline Telephone Assistance Program

Lifeline provides discounts on phone service for qualifying low-income families. For an application or more information one may contact their local phone company, visit the FCC or Minnesota Public Utilities, or call the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission at 651-296-0406 or 1-800-657-3782 or by email at