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September 24, 2015


Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention Community Training

Sept.  28, 5-7 PM

MPS Davis Center 

1250 W Broadway 

Register here.


Closing the Gap: Insider Insights for Park Funding

Sept. 29, 6-8:30 PM

Public forum on funding neighborhood parks.

RSVP by noon Sept. 28.

Learn more and RSVP.


Konopka Institute Lecture

Sept. 30, 3:30 - 6 PM

TIES Center, St. Paul

Hear about efforts to achieve health and educational equity. 

RSVP/info on webpage.


Native Youth Worker Circle (NYWC)

Oct. 9, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Division of Indian Work

1001 E. Lake St., Mpls. 



Southside Youth Workers

Oct. 8, Noon-1:30 PM

Pillsbury House - 3501 Chicago Ave S., Mpls.

FFI: Graham Hartley


MN School Outreach Coalition Quarterly

Oct. 8, 5-6:30 PM,

South High School, 3131 19 AV. S.

Topic: Gender Inclusion

A professional development/networking event for those who care about LGBT*Q youth.

More info and RSVP here.


End the Demand for Juvenile Sex Trafficking

Community Forum

Oct.11, 2 - 4:15 PM

Lake Nokomis Lutheran, Mpls., More info and RSVP here.


Northside Youth Workers

Oct. 13, 4 - 5:30 PM

Farview Park, 29th & Lyndale Ave N.

FFI: April Graves


Youthprise Summit

"Investing in the Enterprise of Youth" 

Oct. 15, 8:30-4:30 PM

Exploring youth entre-preneurship, technology and racial equity.

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

More info/RSVP here.


2015 International Conference on Innovations in Family Engagement

Oct. 27-30, Mpls.

For those who work with vulnerable children, youth, and families, particularly those served by child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems.

Learn more.  Register



ABCs of Reading Training

Sept. 30, 9 AM-12 PM

Preparing reading tutors for K-3 after-school programs. Info & RSVP


PACER Center Workshops


Center for Early Education and Development Summer Online Courses

Click here for courses.


ATTACh Conference: Attachment Matters Raising the Bar for Child Wellbeing

Sept. 24-27, Mpls. 

Training from leaders in the field of trauma and attachment. Register


YIPA Trainings


Search Institute November Trainings

Employment for Adults

Big Brothers Big Sisters Match 



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.

Youth Worker Networking Groups

Youth worker networking groups are starting again this fall. Here are seven great reasons to attend.

  • Collaborate! Support programs and events across organizations.
  • Develop partnerships.
  • Deepen knowledge of current and emerging issues in youth work.
  • Help organize one or more trainings per year and a yearly youth work professional conference.
  • Share work experiences, strategies, and solutions.
  • Connect with city-wide, metro-wide, state-wide youth work networks.
  • Share your program and events information - so much great work is happening.

See upcoming meetings in the EVENTS section.

United Way Student Essay Contest

Teachers, parents and community leaders are encouraged to invite students to participate in the United Way Student Essay Contest sponsored by Greater Twin Cities United Way, Star Tribune and U.S. Bank.


The contest gives children in grades 3-5 a chance to write about how they “Live United” and make a positive impact in the community by making their families, neighborhoods, classrooms and communities better.


Essays must be received by Friday, October 16.


The first-place winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card from U.S. Bank. The nine runners-up will each receive a $100 Visa gift card. All ten winners will have their essays published in the Variety section of the Star Tribune on Tuesday, November 24.


Find more information here.


RockStar Awards

Youth M.O.V.E. National presents its Rock Star Awards to individuals and/or organizations that make an outstanding contribution to the improvement of youth services and systems that support positive growth and development of young people who have experience in various child-serving systems including, but not limited to, mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.


Rock Star Awards will be awarded on Saturday, November 21, at the Annual Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health Conference in Washington DC.


Find more information and a nomination form here. 


Minneapolis Woman Goes from Foster Care to Harvard

Read this uplifting story about a local woman who grew up a "ward of the state" and went on to triumph with the help of her foster family and a compassionate judge. 

Read the story.


Opportunities for Youth

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 16th, 2016.


 Find more information and a parent consent form.


Lutheran Social Service (LSS) Rising Youth Works Program

LSS has a new program for Cedar Riverside youth and young adults between the age of 14 and 24. Program benefits include; support getting back and staying in school, fun activities, employment and financial training, paid internships in several community organizations and businesses to fit your goals, and other resource connections.


Find more information here.


Mall of America Fall Job Fair

October 15, 2-5 pm, Mall of America, Suite 402 (4th level, East side)

Hiring Ride Attendants, Cashiers, Housekeeping, Guest Services, Theater Staff, Security, Character Performers and more.

On-the-spot group interviews will be given for those who apply online prior to the event. Bring your username and password for your application profile. After filling out profile information, candidates must submit their profile to every position they wish apply for by searching for that position and selecting the ‘apply now’ icon. 

Questions, call 952-883-8560 or email

Apply online.


Prepare for College Spring 2016

This four week course from Goodwill Easter Seals is for students who are interested in enrolling in a college program that leads to employment.

Course overview:

Navigating financial aid and other resources

College culture and tours

College and program options

College enrollment process

Study skills and time management strategies

Career planning and job search techniques


Classes meet Monday,Tuesday & Thursday,1-3 PM, 1455 W Lake St.

Fall session starts October 12, 2015.

For more info or to enroll, email Kristi Weberg or call 651-379-5837.


Paid Opportunities for Teens at Pillsbury House:


FANS is a college-readiness club for students grades 9-12 that gives youth scholarships for each year they participate. It’s great for youth who will be the first to go to college in the family, or low-income and not sure how to pull off college. Get free dinner, tutoring, college tours, and more.


FANS meets every Wednesday, 6-8 PM, Sept. 30 to the end of May.


Power of Our Voices is a theater company for high school students that will start in January of 2016. The goal is to increase youth voice and inspire other youth through touring productions to local schools, organizations and even public places.


Youth actors will be paid a stipend of $100 after performing in three shows. Rehearsals will be twice weekly, most likely Mondays and Fridays from January-May.


If you are interested in FANS or Power of Our Voices, email Siddeeqah Shabazz,or 612-787-3656.

Free IT Ready Training in Cedar Riverside

Young people, 18-24, will learn the skills necessary to fill an entry-level IT position in three months. An optional paid six month internship opportunity is available. 


Learn more at an IT Ready Info Session:

September 28 or 29, 9:30 – 10:30 AM

Brian Coyle Center, 420 15 Ave. S., Minneapolis


Eligibility: Minneapolis resident, high school diploma or GED, no previous college degree, US citizen or legal immigrant


Questions: Mohamed Ali, EMERGE, (612) 236-0465


What's Up 612!

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



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. This one-time presentation 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. 


Curfew Hours for Hennepin County Youth

Under 12 years old: 

Weekdays, home by 9 p.m. / Fri. & Sat., home by 10 p.m.

12-14 years old:                

Weekdays, home by 10 p.m. / Fri. & Sat., home by 11 p.m.

15-17 years old:                

Weekdays, home by 11 p.m. /  Fri. & Sat., home by midnight