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January 14, 2016


Statewide MLK Celebration 
Rally, march & program
Jan. 18, 9 am-1 pm

Ordway Center, St. Paul



MLK Day Celebration

Jan. 18, 11 am-2 pm

Powderhorn Park Family Activities and Lunch Link


MLK Celebration

Jan. 18, 6:30-7:30 pm

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center Link


No House to Call My Home: A Reading & Community Discussion

Jan. 30, 3-4:30 pm

Shir Tikvah, 1360 West Minnehaha Pkwy, Mpls.

Info and RSVP here.


Cultivating Conditions for Change: A Forum on Race & Economics

Jan. 27, 8-11:30 am

Hilton, DT Minneapolis

Greater Twin Cities United Way Get tickets.


Fix-It Tech Event

Jan. 29, 10 am - 1 pm

EMERGE Career and Technology Center

1834 Emerson Ave. N.



Art Sled Rally

Free family fun.

Jan. 30, 2-4 pm, Powderhorn Park



Northside Youth Collaborative

Feb. 9, 12-1:30 pm, Emerge Career and Technology Center, 1834 Emerson Ave. N.


Eastside Youth Work Practitioners

Feb. 10, 11 am-12 pm, ESNS, 1700 2 St. NE


Native Youth Worker Circle (NYWC)

Feb. 4, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Division of Indian Work, 1001 East Lake 


Evergreen Annual Conference: Creating Hope & Healing for Youth & Families

March 24 & 25, Bemidji, MN Link


March 29, Youth Day at the Capitol!


Youth Participatory Evaluation

Jan. 19, 1:30 pm

MPS, 1250 West Broadway Ave., Mpls.


Addressing Bullying in Schools

Jan. 22, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Hamline University, St. Paul


MN Association for Children's Mental Health 

2016 Training series: Jan 11 - Mar 4


Art of Participatory Leadership: Working in Trauma

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


PACER Workshops

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


Center for Early Education and Development Courses


YIPA Trainings




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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Build Leaders Coming to Minneapolis Employment and Training

City of Minneapolis Employment and Training was funded $360,000 through the City's budget process to administer BUILD Leaders, a proven youth violence prevention model developed in Chicago and adapted for Minneapolis.


Build Leaders is an equity focused, community oriented intervention program for disenfranchised 18-24 year old youth with systemic barriers to educational and economic opportunities (lack of diploma, criminal records, etc.). Youth will receive paid training in facilitation, leadership, and job skills, and will deliver the BUILD curriculum to younger youth, ages 9-12. 


BUILD Leaders will serve two cohorts of youth. One of these cohorts will serve youth from the Native American community and one will serve the North Minneapolis community.


Minneapolis Employment and Training will issue an RFP in mid-February to select community-based agencies that will also leverage WIOA Federal funding. The program will start April 1, 2016.

2015 STEP-UP Final Report

The focus of STEP-UP is on young people of color and those most disconnected from the workforce, ensuring they have the opportunity to learn about careers, network with business professionals, understand what it takes to go to college, and develop the 21st Century Skills needed to be successful in our economy.


In 2015, STEP-UP prepared nearly 2,000 Minneapolis youth, ages 14-21, (91% youth of color) with the skills needed to be successful in a job through STEP-UP work readiness training. Youth spent five-twelve hours in training based on their age and level of work experience.


Of those trained,1,563 young people were matched with internships for the summer at one of 230 partner employers.


To see 2015 STEP-UP intern demographics, click on STEP-UP At A Glance. To read the entire report, click here. 

STEP-UP is seeking businesses, public agencies and nonprofits to employ interns in 2016. Find more information and apply here.  

For Somali Families, a Bridge between School and Home

A year-old program is helping newly immigrated Somali parents overcome cultural differences to become an important part of their children's education.

Waalidow Indhaha Furr, Somali for "parents open your eyes," was created by the Somali American Parent Association to address the barriers Somali parents struggle with in the American educational system.


"We know the child is learning, and that the teacher is ready, but who is teaching the parent?" said Mohammed Abass, a family and community liaison at Andersen Unity Community School where Waalidow Indhaha Furr is held.


The six-week program is offered for free, with costs covered through a grant from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.


Abass said education in the United States is totally different from the Horn of Africa, where parents are not typically involved. He said it's extremely important — particularly at schools with large immigrant populations — for parents to learn about the support and strategies they have at their disposal. The challenge is especially marked if the parents have had no formal education themselves.


Learn more. 


Child Care Assistance Program Listening Session

Providers serving families experiencing homelessness are invited to help make the Minnesota Child-Care Assistance Program work better for families experiencing homelessness. A listening session will be held January 28th from noon to 1 p.m. at North Regional Library (1315 Lowry Ave. N., Minneapolis).


In 2014 Congress gave states authority to make child-care assistance work better for families experiencing homelessness. In early 2016, DHS, Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature will decide whether to approve these changes. The new authority could:

  • Allow 12-month continuous eligibility (e.g. eligibility continues during temporary job/training/education loss or change, and until income goes over the federal income limit)
  • Not count housing assistance in income-eligibility calculations.
  • Prioritize children in families with very low incomes for child care assistance, including ranking homeless families higher on a waiting list, expediting application processing for homeless families, providing higher reimbursement rates to providers caring for homeless children, waiving co-payments for homeless families, and tailor programs to homeless families with irregular schedules.

Click here to learn more. Questions? Contact Matthew Ayres, Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness, at 612-239-5798.

Opportunities for Youth

Tobacco Compliance Position

Minneapolis Licenses and Consumer Services Division is recruiting teens 15-17.5 years of age to do tobacco compliance checks in the City.  A tobacco compliance check consists of a teen entering a store and requesting to purchase tobacco. If the teen is allowed to purchase tobacco, the business and clerk are cited for the violating the law. Teens are supervised at all times by experienced inspectors.

Teens must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 15 and 17.5.
  • Have picture identification (State ID, permit, or drivers license)
  • Fill out an application (obtain by calling 612-673-2080)

Teens will be paid $8.00 per hour. Hours are limited. Most compliance checks are done on school holidays, summers and a minimal number of evenings.  Transportation will be provided if the teen lives in Minneapolis. On the job training is provided. For further information, please call Mohamed Ismail at 612-673-3904. 


Early Sprouts

This free curriculum, offered in Spanish and Somali, engages children in making healthy food choices and developing healthy eating habits.


Thursday January 14, 6:30–9:30 p.m. (in Spanish)

Saturday, January 30, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (in Somali)

Programs are offered at 2021 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. Flyer


HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) College Fair

Monday, January 18, 3- 6:30 p.m.

St. Peter's AME Church, 401 East 41st Street, Minneapolis

This is a great opportunity for middle and senior high school students to connect with HBCU students and graduates and talk with college admissions representatives about academic options, the application process, and financial aid. There will be entertainment and a prize drawing. Learn more and RSVP here.


YMCA Youth Internship

Work part-time at the YMCA to gain experiences which transfer to work skills for future employment. Duties and responsibilities vary based on assignment and needs of the YMCA department or project. Applicants must be minimum 14 years of age. More info and application.


Conservation Corps Youth Outdoors Crew Members

For youth ages 15-18

Application Deadline: February 2, 2016

Learn more and apply here.


STEP-UP Applications Are Open

The STEP-UP online application for summer 2016 is available here. After STEP-UP interns complete training, they are eligible to work for pay at Minneapolis businesses and nonprofit organizations to gain job experience, explore career interests, and build professional skills.


To be eligible, youth must:

  • live in Minneapolis,
  • be 14-21 years old on June 1, 2016
  • not be currently enrolled in college (PSEO is okay). Current college students may consider the Urban Scholars Program.
  • meet income guidelines or have a substantial barrier to employment including students with disabilities, IEPs, English language learners, or pregnant and parenting teens. 
  • applicants must be eligible to work in the US (by June 1, 2016) and have proper documentation

Apply by Friday, February 5, 2016.


Employment and Opportunity Guide for Minneapolis Youth


What's Up 612!

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


YouthLink Opportunity Center Calendar



Small Sums

Small Sums helps homeless individuals, who have found jobs, with the specific things that they need to start back to work – like required work clothes and shoes, trade tools, professional licenses or union dues, and/or bus passes. Small Sums website


Minnesota Zoo Access Program

The Minnesota Zoo has a new free admission program for those that might not otherwise be able to afford admission. This program (ZAP, Zoo Access Program) provides unlimited free admission to anyone who is currently enrolled in one of the following programs: TANF, MFIP, SNAP, MFAP, WIC, and General Assistance. The program does not currently include parking fees. For more information please visit the zoo.