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November 6, 2015


YSE Collaboration: Reaching for New Funding Opportunities

Nov. 10, 8:30am -12pm

12-1: Lunch & mingle 

Midtown Area, St. Paul

Learn about Youth Social Enterprise Funding. Find more info and register here.


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

November 10

5:30 pm - dinner 

6-7:45 pm - program 

UROC, Minneapolis

Free, open to the public

Info and registration.


ED Talks

A Little Girl in the Segregated South + STAND Against Discrimination

Nov. 16, 6-7:30 pm

Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave. S, Mpls.

$5 includes appetizers

Info & RSVP


Native American College Fair

Nov. 19, 5:30-8 pm

Midtown YWCA 

Free, open to the public

Light meal and door prizes for first 300 

More info here


Paper Tigers Documentary Screening

Nov. 19, 7 pm, Riverview, 3800 42 Ave. S, Minneapolis 

See how one school/community achieved a 90% decrease in suspen-sions, and a 5-fold increase in graduation rates. Suggested donation $10.

Pre-registration encouraged here.


2015 FASD Matters Conference

FASD Across the Lifespan 

November 19 – 20,

Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota



FREE Mother-Daughter Retreat

Nov. 21, 9:30 am – 4 pm, St. Paul

For 10 pairs of mothers and their 12-15 year old daughters. Focus: adolescent sexual health. Breakfast, lunch and snacks provided

Info and RSVP


Cedar Riverside Youth Workers Collaborative

Nov. 24, 11 am – 1 pm

Brian Coyle Community Center, 420 15 Ave. S

FFI: Abdi Mukhtar


Hmong Minnesota New Year

Nov. 27-29, 7-11 pm every day. St. Paul RiverCentre. Flyer


The 2015 Human Rights Symposium

Dec. 3, 8 am - 3:30 pm

U of M Continuing Education & Conference Center

Info and RSVP


Northside Youth Workers Collaborative

Northside Youth Workers Collaborative

Nov. 10, 4-5:30 pm

Farview Park, 29/Lyn N.

FFI: April Graves


Eastside Youth Work Practitioners

Dec. 9, 11 am - noon

ESNS - lower level meeting space

1700 Second St.  NE


Native Youth Worker Circle

Dec. 11, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St.  FFI:


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


Training for Adults

Emotional Intelligence & Understanding ACEs


November 12, Bemidji

Details & Registration  


November 16, Sauk Rapids

Details & Registration


November 18, Duluth 

Details & Registration


December 16, 1-9 PM

Mankato, MN

Details & Registration


PACER Center Workshops

Free workshops to parents of children with disabilities and professionals working with families


Center for Early Education and Development Summer Online Courses

Click here for a list of the courses.


YIPA Trainings


Employment for Adults

Youth Program Specialist/Assistant Coordinator: Best Buy Teen Tech Center @ Minneapolis Central Library


MDHS Paid Summer Internships


Hennepin County


YWCA of Minneapolis

Collaborative Job Board

Jobs at The Link

Hiawatha Academies



YMCA Twin Cities

U of M Extension


Minnesota Alliance With Youth 


AmeriCorps Promise Fellows


City of Minneapolis

Job Seeker Bulletin 

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Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board Releases Two Reports

2015 State of Youth

The 2015 State of Youth - Minneapolis Project tracks seven topics areas of youth health. The topic areas reflect three critical dimensions in the lives of children and young adults: safe and supportive environments, healthy development, and learning readiness and performance.

Read the report.


2015 Voices of Our Generation

‘Voices of Our Generation’ highlights diverse and authentic experiences of youth in Minneapolis. Their rich perspectives can be used to inform planning and coordination of youth-serving programs. Youth were asked about a variety of topics, such as city and community living, social connections, education, mentorship, and adolescent health.

Read the report.


Tatiyona's Success Is No Surprise

At only 19 years old, Tatiyona navigated homelessness, moved to Minneapolis, and started college – all while raising two kids.


Upon arriving in Minneapolis, Tatiyona enrolled at Broadway High School, which helps pregnant and parenting teens earn their diplomas and prepare for college. Through the school, she was introduced to Emily Dolentz and Suzanne Stein, counselors in HIRED’s TeenHOPE and PACE programs. TeenHOPE is a collaboration between HIRED and the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency that provides education and employment and parenting assistance to young women.  Thanks to the support she received, Tatiyona graduated from high school in less than six months.


To help her gain work experience, Suzanne suggested that Tatiyona complete an internship at Cookie Cart. Within two months, Tatiyona was offered a permanent position at the bakery where she frequently mentors younger teens.


Today, Tatiyona is taking classes at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and plans to follow a career path in special education.


City of Minneapolis Employment and Training has received funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to support the work experience opportunities in this program.



Pictured: Tatiyona (right) and her HIRED counselor, Suzanne (left)

Read the whole story. 


Minneapolis Restaurateur Writes Children's Books to Inspire Young Somali Americans

Abdirahman Ahmed, An IT professional by training who runs a Minneapolis Somali restaurant, knew there was a dearth of books featuring young Somali-American heroes and their families.


Ahmed self-published his debut picture book, “Roble and the Robot,” this year. He has since written a second book, about a Somali girl and fledgling food scientist who creates an award-winning energy drink in the kitchen of her father’s St. Paul restaurant — “a very smart young woman who knows what she wants.” He is gearing up to start work on a third installment, a sequel to “Roble.”

“My mission is to transform young lives through technology,” he said.


Read the whole story.


Babies Need Boxes

There is a new Twin Cities nonprofit that provides maternity packages — including a cardboard box — to young, vulnerable mothers in Minnesota. The goal is to equip new moms with the tools needed for a successful transition into motherhood while decreasing infant deaths caused by unsafe sleep practices.


The organization is modeled on a 75-year-old Finnish tradition in which the government gives every new mother a box filled with baby clothing and supplies. The boxes also come with fitted mattresses that have played a role in helping the Nordic country achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.


Read the whole story.


Babies Need Boxes website


Opportunities for Youth

2015 Youth Summit

Friday, November 20, 2015

An opportunity for youth in Minneapolis to discuss current issues and/or concerns with policing in our communities, to learn from and talk with community leaders and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee’ Harteau,

to build trust and collaboration with MPD, and to network and have fun.


For more information, contact Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board (YCB) Project Director of Youth Development, Pam McBride.


Sponsored by YCB, YouthLINK, Pillsbury United Communities and the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District


Writing Contest

The Minnesota Center for the Book invites Minnesota’s 4th through 12th grade students to enter the 23rd annual writing contest and share their love of literature.


The contest askes student writers to write a letter to an author describing how his or her work touched their life in a personal way. Authors can be from any category or time period and can come from any country. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners of each competition level. The national winner will receive a $1,000 cash award.


December 4, 2015 is the deadline for Level 1: grades 9-12

January 11, 2016 is the deadline for Level 1: grades 4-6, & Level 2: grades 7 & 8


Click here for rules and entry forms and to read past winners’ essays.


YouthLink Youth Opportunity Center Calendar


Employment and Opportunity Guide for Minneapolis Youth

Find the guide here.


What's Up 612!

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


Annex Teen Clinic

Annex Teen Clinic provides healthy sexuality information and resources for teens, parents, and educators including free classes and training.

5810 42nd Ave. N, Robbinsdale, MN 55422



1*2*3 Care: A Trauma-Sensitive Toolkit for Caregivers of Children

Public health nurses at Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) developed a 178-page toolkit -- 1*2*3 Care -- for caregivers of children. They define caregivers as parents, grandparents, child care providers, teachers, & others who care for children daily. They describe the toolkit as supporting caregivers on their journey towards "trauma sensitivity".

Download the Toolkit (Takes a couple of minutes)