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February 11, 2016


Fix It Clinic

Feb. 13, Noon - 4 pm

Waite Park, 1810 34th Avenue NE, Mpls. 


Lake Hiawatha Heart Warmer

Feb. 13, 12-3 pm

Free  hayrides, a kids DJ, ice skating, bonfire, arts and crafts, face painting, raffle drawings and free food.


ENGAGE: Solutions Not Suspensions

Dinner & Discussion

Feb. 16, 5:30-7:30 pm, Oak Park Center


Youth Media Network 

Feb. 20, 12:30-4:30 pm

Walker Art Center


Arts Across Life

Feb. 24, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Wilder Community Center for Aging, St. Paul. Free light lunch 

RSVP here by Feb. 17.


My Generation Release Party

Feb. 24, 6:30 pm

Free. Open to all ages.

IPR, 300 N 1st Ave #500, Minneapolis


Free Minnesota Parent Camp Fair

Feb. 27, 10 am - 2 pm

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Free parking and entertainment

More info.


Sisterhood Boutique 2nd Anniversary Celebration

Feb. 28, 12 - 3 pm

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Native Youth Worker Circle (NYWC)

March 3, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Division of Indian Work, 1001 East Lake Street

Latino Dance Party 

March 4 - 27, Free group reservations for school and non-profits to see this musical theatrical performance. Visit Mixed Blood, for info. Questions to Addie Gorlin612.616.6345


Northside Youth Collaborative

Mar. 8, 12 - 1:30 pm

Emerge Career and Technology Center

1834 Emerson Ave N.


Eastside Youth Work Practitioners

Mar. 9, 11 am - 12 pm, ESNS, 1700 2 St. NE 


Fix It Tech Event

Mar. 12, 11 am – 2 pm

ESNS, 1700 Second Street NE, Mpls.


Evergreen Annual Conference:

Creating Hope & Healing for Youth & Families

March 24 & 25, 2016

Bemidji, MN



Mar. 29, 9:30 am - 5 pm

Begins at Wilder Ctr. Ends at the Capitol.

Free. All ages welcome.

Workshops for youth in grades 5-12.


Community Connections Conference

Big Ideas: Your Minneapolis

April 2, 8 am - 3 pm

Minneapolis Convention Center

Info & Registration 

Training for Adults

Art of Participatory Leadership: Working in Trauma

Feb. 18, 8:30 am – Feb. 19, 4 pm, West Saint Paul, MN


Webinar: Mentoring in the Age of Technology

Feb. 18, 12 pm - 1:15 pm CST Register


Webinar on Youth Suicide Prevention

Feb. 22, 11 am

Register here.

Select “Enter as a Guest”, Enter your name, Enter passcode: preventable, Click on “Enter Room” button


PACER Center Workshops

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


Center for Early Education and Development Courses


YIPA Training

Jobs for Adults

LSS Youth Program Manager


Sprockets Director


MPS Hiring Event- Feb. 17


Teaching Temps, Inc. Open House-Feb. 22


Camp Bovey


Youth Farm Program Manager


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities


Camp Fire Staff


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

Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair

The 10th annual Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair will be held Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Minneapolis Central Library in downtown Minneapolis. This event is a great opportunity for teens (14-19) to connect with businesses and organizations that are offering employment, job readiness or training programs, and volunteer or educational opportunities. 


If your business or organization would like to host a free information table,

please open this brochure. More information can be found on the fair's webpage.


New Pilot Program for Ending Youth Homelessness in Minneapolis

A group of non-profits are launching a new pilot program aimed at ending homelessness for LGBTQ youth in the Twin Cities. The program, called conneQT, a Point Source Youth Pilot is a collaboration between three Twin Cities organizations, The Link, RECLAIM!, Avenues for Homeless Youth, and the national organization Point Source Youth.  conneQT will implement and evaluate a unique combination of three interventions to end youth homelessness: family reconnection, short-term host homes, and rapid rehousing.


Larry Cohen, President of Point Source Youth, said, "Minnesota is in a position to become the first state in our country to end youth homelessness with data-proven success. This new pilot program will ensure local organizations build capacity to meet this challenge today and in the future. Having the backing of Governor Mark Dayton's administration indicates that this is a priority at the highest level of government in Minnesota."


See the Press Release.

Free IT Tech Class for Minneapolis Women Starts April 11th

The Creating IT Futures Foundation,  EMERGE Community Development, Mayor Betsy Hodges, and the City of Minneapolis are accepting applications for a free, women-only class of the foundation’s IT-Ready career program until March 25th. The class is part of the Minneapolis TechHire initiative, funded in part by the City of Minneapolis, with the mission of closing the workforce skills gap in the high tech economy by building a path for diverse workers to access training, support and tech jobs across the Greater Minneapolis region.


The eight-week course runs from 9:15 am to 3:45 pm on weekdays until June 3rd at the EMERGE Career & Technology Center in North Minneapolis. Students will receive hands-on experience building computers, setting up computer networks and displays, and configuring operating systems and hardware. Students also will learn about soft skills, such a team work, critical thinking, and professional communication. Upon completion, IT-Ready students will be prepared for the CompTIA A+ certification exam which covers desktop and help-desk technical support duties and skills.


In 2015, 179 trainees completed accelerated programs through the Minneapolis TechHire initiative. Graduates placed in full-time positions received annual salaries averaging $45,802. 


Email or call 952-855-7420 with questions.

More Information/Registration  


The Conference on the Intersection of Athletic and Educational Equity

Thursday, April 21, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Recreation & Wellness Center, 123 SE Harvard St, Minneapolis MN

The conference will focus on the impact and significance of out-of-school time programs that intentionally combine education and athletics as a tool to engage youth. Direct programming staff, philanthropists, researchers, and key decision makers are invited to attend a day of discussion, engagement, strategizing, and insight. See Conference website.


Request for Proposals: The MN Alliance for Athletics and Academic Access, A4, invites workshop proposals for the conference in the area of innovative research and best practices in the field of youth sports and education. The RFP deadline is February 22nd. Questions, contact: Jazmin Danielson or Kelley NelsonRFP Form 


100 Companies Pledge to Hire 626 Youth at STEP-UP Employer Recruitment Breakfast

On February 2, Mayor Betsy Hodges and Governor Mark Dayton joined over 250 Twin Cities business leaders to kick off the employer recruitment season for the summer 2016 STEP-UP Achieve youth employment program (a part of the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program). At the event, 100 Twin Cities employers pledged 626 paid summer internships toward a goal of 750 internships. STEP-UP is seeking businesses, public agencies and nonprofits interested in employing interns in 2016. Employers can sign up here to hire interns until April 15 for the summer 2016 session.

STEP-UP Achieve in partnership with Twin Cities’ corporations, small businesses, public agencies, and nonprofits, serves Minneapolis youth ages 16-21 through internships, mentors, industry-recognized certifications, and work readiness training certified by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Targeted at youth who face great barriers to employment (particularly those from low income families, youth of color, and youth with disabilities), STEP-UP Achieve is helping develop a new generation of skilled workers in Minneapolis. 

Red Wagon Award Nominations

Red Wagon Awards will honor three Minnesota youth (grades 6-12) and one youth-led community service club that have shown resilience and overcome obstacles to achieve academic gains, give back to their community and grow to become leaders among their peers. Each individual winner will receive a $500 education scholarship. The winning youth service group will receive $500 to support their work.


Nominations Deadline: April 1. For more information, click here.


Opportunities for Youth

MN Business Ventures Program

This week-long, overnight camp enables high school teens to explore the fundamentals of business and entrepreneurship. Students enrolled in Free or Reduced Lunch programs pay as little as $15 for the camp. This covers food, lodging, and all MBV activities. For other students, the program is $150 per student until April 13th, and $200 after that. The camps are held at either St. Cloud State University or St. John’s University. More information and registration here. Applications are first come, first served so apply soon.


Color Outside the Lines

Join us this summer (June 13-August 5) at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) for our innovative, hands-on, and engaging art and design camps and classes for kids and teens. Select scholarships, multiple class discounts, and college credit options available. Flyer


Eureka! Now Accepting Applications

Eureka! is a free college and career readiness program for rising 8th grade girls focused on STEM, athletics (specifically swimming), and leadership development.  Eureka! is a five-year, summer and school-year program that follows girls through high school graduation. Eureka! will primarily be on the U of M campus during the summer program. Stipends are available for girls who participate. All 7th grade girls are encouraged to apply. See the brochure and application here.


Articulture Starting a Teen Arts Council (ArtiTAC)

ArtiTAC is seeking teens, ages 14-19, interested in being involved in a youth directed group focusing on community activism, social justice, and creating social change. ArtiTAC teens, with mentors/artists, will work with communities to problem solve by designing and executing public art. This program is free for youth participants. Questions? Contact Liz: or 612 729-5151. Visit Artitac on Facebook 


Mall of America (MOA) Hiring Event

Monday, February 15, 1 – 5 p.m., MOA West Market Square

Positions include ride operator (18+), 16+ for guest services, cashier, custodian, and character performer. On-site interviews will be conducted for those who have applied online.


Now Recruiting! GAME:IT

Come to EMERGE at 1834 Emerson Ave N between Tuesday-Thursday, from 4-5:30 pm next week to check out the new after school program, GAME:IT. Learn how to design and build your own computer game that you can share or even sell to friends and family. Interested? Contact: Margaret at 612-787-3779 or at


Lundstrom Center Summer Camps

Musical theater training camps for all ages.

Scholarships and financial aid are available on a case by case basis.



Employment and Opportunity Guide for Minneapolis Youth


What's Up 612!

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


YouthLink Opportunity Center Calendar



Host an AmeriCorps IPN Promise Fellow

In 2016, the Minnesota Alliance with Youth will host a small cohort of Innovation Partner Network (IPN) AmeriCorps Promise Fellows.  These members will spearhead innovative initiatives to support efforts to increase a young person’s attendance, behavior and/or course performance. We are seeking organizations that have resources and best practices in strengths based approaches to engaging youth including: recruiting caring adults, supporting service and leadership programs, and building high quality in and out of school support. Interested in hosting an IPN Promise Fellow in 2016/17?  Submit a Letter of Intent by 12:00 p.m. on February 16.  Learn more.


Celebrate African American History Month at Mia

Explore and celebrate the arts and culture of African American artists in Mia’s (Minneapolis Institute of Art) collections with free public tours every Tuesday-Sunday at 1 p.m. and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. during the month of February. Or to schedule a future school or private group tour, click here.


Fire Station 21 to Host Car-seat Installations

Experts will be on hand one Saturday per month from 9 a.m.- noon starting Feb. 21, to properly install car seats for children. Find more information here.