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November 20, 2015


Fix It Tech Event
Nov. 21, 10 am - 1 pm
Hennepin Ave. United Methodist. Free tech support for computers and laptops. Flyer


Pulling Together for Children’s Mental

Health– Community of Experts Summit

Nov. 21, 8 am - 3 pm,

New Brighton. For all interested in children’s mental health. Brochure


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 River Centre. Flyer


2015 Human Rights Symposium

Dec. 3, 8 am - 3:30 pm

U of M Continuing Ed & Conference Ctr. 

RSVP by Nov. 24.


Northside Youth Workers Collaborative

Dec. 8, 4 - 5:30 pm

Farview Park, 29/Lyn N

FFI: April Graves


Eastside Youth Work Practitioners

Dec. 9, 11 am - noon

East Side Neighbor-hood Services - lower level meeting space

1700 Second St. NE


Free Forum: Mental Health Outcomes of Youth with an Incarcerated Parent

Dec. 10, 8:30 -11:30 am

Wilder Center, St. Paul 

Register here.


Native Youth Worker Circle

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

Celebration & Reading COMPAS' Anthology of Student Writing

Dec. 12, 1 - 3 pm

Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul

A celebration of the best writing by young people in the State.

More info.


Engage Minneapolis Community Series

Free Dinner and Discussion: 'Solutions Not Suspensions'

Dec. 15, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Oak Park Center, Mpls.

Find more info here.


Cutlivating Conditions for Change: A Forum on Race & Economics

Jan. 27, 2016, 8 -11:30 AM, Hilton, Minneapolis

Get tickets.


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

Employment for Adults

Family Support Specialist II-STEP-UP Program 


Augsburg Fairview Academy


Education Policy Assoc. Mayor Coleman 


COMPAS PT Project Manager


MPS Hiring Event

Dec. 1, 1 - 4pm
Mpls. North Workforce Center, 1200 Plymouth Ave. N. Hiring for licensed teaching and non-teaching positions. Come ready to inter-view. Bring resumes.

Registration Link
More Information


Youth Program Specialist/Assistant Coord: Best Buy Teen Tech Center @ Mpls. Central Library


MDHS Paid Summer Internships


Hennepin County


YWCA of Minneapolis


Collaborative Job Board


YMCA Twin Cities

U of M Extension




Minnesota Alliance With Youth  

City of Minneapolis Job Seeker Bulletin



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

New STEP-UP Director Named

The City of Minneapolis has named Anna Peterson Director of the STEP-UP Youth Employment Program. Anna had served as the STEP-UP Program Manager since January, 2015. Prior to that, Anna was

Manager of Training and Data at STEP-UP Achieve with AchieveMpls.


Anna holds an M.A. from the Teachers College of Columbia University and her undergraduate degree is from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.


Former STEP-UP Director Tammy Dickinson is the new Career Pathways Coordinator at City of Minneapolis Employment and Training.


STEP-UP is a City of Minneapolis program that recruits, trains and places Minneapolis youth with barriers to employment, ages 14–21, in paid jobs with local employers. In the summer of 2015, over 220 employers hired 1,650 Minneapolis youth through STEP-UP to work at hospitals, law firms, corporate offices, non-profit organizations and many other places of business.

See the Employment for Adults section of this newsletter to find a job announcement for the STEP-UP Program Manager. Click on Family Support Specialist II-STEP-UP Program.

Minneapolis Children's 'Word Gap' Is First Target of Mayor's Program

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges is launching the first major project out of her Cradle to K initiative for babies and young children: getting parents to talk more to their kids.


The mayor said she’s taking aim at the so-called word gap that educators say exists between low-income children and their more affluent peers. She pointed to research that says middle- and upper-income children hear 30 million more words than poorer children by age 4 — and as a result, often end up learning more words and doing better in school.


By distributing targeted materials to hospitals, clinics, libraries and businesses, Hodges said the city and its partners can get the word out to more parents about the importance of talking with their children early on. She plans to jump-start that work with $200,000 in funding, including $50,000 she’s set aside in her 2016 budget.


“This is aiming to set up the culture of Minneapolis so everyone will realize it’s important to talk, read and sing to the kids who are in their lives,” Hodges said.


Read the whole article.


Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Twin Cities Immigrants and Refugees

Speaking for Ourselves explores the experiences and perceptions of immigrants and refugees about living and working in the Twin Cities. The study engaged immigrants and refugees, as well as the adult, U.S.-born children of immigrants and refugees, living in Hennepin and Ramsey counties. Cultural communities in the study presented separately are Hmong, Karen, Latino, Liberian, and Somali. Additional participants from the Lao, Oromo, and Vietnamese cultural communities are included in the combined results.


The purpose of the study is to improve services, to direct resources to areas of unmet need, to affect public policy, and to help communities and community-based organizations advocate on their own behalf.


Visit Wilder’s website to learn more about the study and to access topical fact sheets from the study on community and social engagement; education; employment; health, mental health, and health care access; finances; and housing, transportation and safety.

A Call for Research Partipants

Mentoring Central is seeking mentees and their parents or guardians to participate in a study to assess the effectiveness of its newly developed web-based training.


Research suggests that mentees and their parents (or guardians) need training about the benefits of mentoring for youth and what they can contribute to making the relationship safe, close, and rewarding for all involved. These interactive, online trainings were developed by a team of internationally known researchers as well as instructional and multimedia designers to create research-informed, engaging experiences.


Participating parents and mentees will:

  • Complete online questionnaires
  • Complete the online training lasting approximately 1.5 hours for parents and 1 hour for mentees
  • Be paid $20 (parents) and $15 (mentees) for their participation

If you are interested in learning more about this research project and offering this opportunity to the mentees and parents (or guardians) in your program, visit the Mentoring Central website. 


Wilder Research Challenge Grant

Click here to find the Wilder Research Challenge Grant RFP after 2:00 p.m. on November 20th. It will be available for review and download at the bottom of the webpage.

Opportunities for Youth

Free Math & Science Family Fun Fair

November 21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Coffman Memorial Union, Minneapolis

Fascinating activities, hands-on exhibits, and entertaining presentations showcasing science, technology, engineering, and math add up to a day of fun and learning. This event is open to the public. There is no pre-registration, but check-in is required upon arrival. Event highlights will include more than 35 interactive science and engineering exhibits for kids of all ages. Free drawstring backpacks to the first 1,000 kids.

Find more information here.


North 4 Project

The North 4 Project is recruiting for its upcoming cohort. Program elements include:

• Guaranteed internship and job placement

• Work up to 20 hours per week for 16 weeks

• One-to-one mentoring and job coaching

• For age 16-21 year old males who stay in North Minneapolis who are

involved with the justice system and/or affiliated with a clique or gang


Upcoming North 4 Orientation Session

Wednesday, December 2, 4:00 p.m. at  EMERGE. Flyer


“Start the Music! A Brass Family Bash”

Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m., Capri Theater, Minneapolis 

This free St. Paul Chamber Orchestra program is for families with children ages 3-6. The program is a perfect way to introduce a young listener to classical music. Crafts, activities and a 30-minute concert engage small hands and big imaginations. The event is FREE, but tickets must be reserved in advance to guarantee admission. Reserve your tickets here.


Evening with August

Wednesday, December 16, 7 p.m. at the Capri Theater 

High school scholars in the Capri After School Theater program (CAST) will present scenes from seven August Wilson plays. The performance is free and open to the public. Click here for more information on this event and also to learn how to enroll in the CAST program.


Employment and Opportunity Guide for Minneapolis Youth


What's Up 612!

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



2015 Holiday Resources

Click here to see 2015 Holiday Resources (food and toys) in the Metro.


“Winter Warmth Collection” Give Back to the Community Event

December 12, Noon to 3 p.m. at Farview Park, 621 29th Ave., N, Mpls.

Help keep children warm by donating hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, and winter coats. Click here for donation sites and times.


New Immigrant Resources & Citizenship

Click here for immigration and legal resources and new immigrant education.