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January 28, 2016


Parent Summit: Advancing Educational Equity and Excellence

Jan. 30, 9:30 am -12 pm, Capri Theater - Minneapolis

Parents, educators, community leaders – conversation on closing the gap in educational achievements. Register


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

Work with artists to make and adapt sleds and sled-like art objects. Link


Free Children’s Book Carnival

Feb. 6, 10 am - 2 pm

Wilder School, 3345 Chicago Ave S, Mpls. 

Meet authors and illustrators. Listen to authors read. Get free books. Make your own book and more!  Link


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 Street


Loppet Festival

Feb. 5-7 Website


Fix It Clinic

Feb. 13, Noon-4 pm

Waite Park, 1810 34 Ave. NE, Minneapolis Link


Youth Media Network Event

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

Walker Art Center



Minnesota Parent Camp Fair

Feb. 27, 10 am - 2 pm

Como Zoo & Conservatory, Free admission, parking, & entertainment  FFI


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

Creating Hope & Healing for Youth & Families

March 24 & 25, 2016

Bemidji, MN Link



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



MN Assoc. 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, 2016, 4 pm

West Saint Paul, MN


PACER Center Workshops

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


Center for Early Education and Development Courses


YIPA Trainings 


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Nina Robertson Named STEP-UP Program Manager

The City of Minneapolis has hired Nina Robertson to serve as the new STEP-UP Program Manager.

Previously to this position, Nina was employed at NAZ (Northside Achievement Zone) as the Expanded Learning Coordinator. Before NAZ, she worked as the Program Coordinator for the YMCA Beacons program, and spent many years working with the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools movement. Nina studied Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Nina is thrilled to bring her experience in youth development to the STEP-UP team.


2016 Youth Day at the Capitol (YDC)

Tuesday, March 29, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The day starts at the Wilder Center in St. Paul. Participants may join for all, or part of the day. 

Youth Day at the Capitol will provide training and engagement opportunities for youth to participate in the legislative process.The event will include workshops, presentations, opportunities to meet with legislators, and will culminate youth voice in action at the Capitol with a Minnesota Youth Council Committee Meeting. The event is open to all ages, but workshops will be geared towards 5th – 12th graders. 


YDC is free and registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  Lunch will be provided. For more information on click here. 


Help a Youth Entreprenuer

Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) is a growing effort and Minnesota now has an YSE collaborative, YSE-MN. Members include grant makers, youth-serving organizations and social enterprises providing employment and job skills programs for young people.


The collaborative’s activities are highlighted in this inspiring article written by Sarah Lutman in Twin Cities Business. Below is an excerpt:


"It makes sense for Minnesota businesses to get involved in YSE, and there are multiple paths available. Many YSE enterprises offer goods and services that you can purchase. You can buy cookies from Cookie Cart, the bakery and youth-development program in north Minneapolis. Or shop at Dream of Wild Health when they visit local farmers’ markets to sell specialty crops and indigenous foods. You can donate clothing or shop at Sisterhood Boutique, a women’s used-clothing store in Cedar-Riverside that employs East African young women as interns. There are many more examples in the Twin Cities." -- Sarah Lutman

Calling All Adolescent Health and Social Service Providers

Participate in a webinar to learn about the new Region V Adolescent Health Network, a forum to share information about challenges faced, innovative and successful policies, programs, and screening, intervention, and referral practices in adolescent services. Discuss how you’d like the Network to function and what you’d like it to address so it best suits your needs and the needs of your adolescent and adult ally community.


February 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. CT or February 4, 2016 at 1 p.m. CT

Dial: 866-823-3966 and use Passcode 916887#


View presentation slides here. Complete the required fields -(no passcode needed). The webinar is live ten minutes before each session. Questions? Contact  


World of Children Awards Program

The program awards grants to support proven, high-impact programs created by individuals for children that help ensure more children’s lives will be touched, improved, and changed forever.  Learn more. 


Red Wagon Award Nominations

Red Wagon Awards honor young people that have shown resilience and overcome obstacles to achieve academic gains, give back to their community and grow to become leaders among their peers.


In 2016, the Minnesota Alliance with Youth will honor three Minnesota youth and one youth-led community service club, each nominated by caring adults, peers or partners in their local community. Each individual winner will receive a $500 education scholarship. The winning youth service group will receive $500 to support the work their work. Any young person or youth-led service group in grades 6-12 is eligible for nomination.

Nominations are open Jan 29- April 1. For more information, click here.

Opportunities for Youth


Scrubs Camp provides a unique opportunity for middle school and high school students to explore careers in the health sciences. Scrubs Camps are offered throughout the summer at multiple locations. Campers will experience a variety of interactive hands-on activities and special field trips about careers in the health sciences.Scholarships are available. Camps fill up fast so register soon here.


Camp Explore

Camp Explore, is a STEM career camp for high school students who want to experience interactive hands-on activities and special field trips to learn about careers in the industries of agriculture, energy, engineering, healthcare, IT, manufacturing, and transportation. Scholarships are available. Space is LIMITED, register today!


Opportunities at the Walker Art Center for Teens

Teens get free gallery admission every day, all year long.

See other teen opportunities here.

Power of You! – Free 2 Year College Tuition

This program allows students from Minneapolis and St. Paul high schools to get an Associates Degree in demand fields such as Welding; HVAC-R; Accounting; Nursing; CNC Machinist; and more, for only the price of textbooks and the general time and effort of school. Power of YOU! also supports student’s social, emotional, and professional needs.


After completing Power of YOU! students are eligible to continue studies at a private, local 4-year college for $15K (less than a quarter of the cost).

There is limited funding. Apply soon at St. Paul College or MCTC. 


Native Youth Futures Recruiting New Student Participants

This program is for American Indian high school students or graduates who want a job or money for post-secondary education, with the added bonus of career coaching and financial skills training.  The program will match your savings 4:1. Every dollar you save turns into 5 dollars. Call 612-721-6631 x222 or email for an application. Link


Conservation Corps Applications Close February 2nd

Youth Outdoors Crew Member positions for youth ages 15-18 are available. Learn more and apply here.


STEP-UP Applications Close February 5th

STEP-UP interns complete training, then work for pay at Minneapolis businesses and nonprofits to gain job experience, explore career interests, and build professional skills. Apply here.


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


Transition Skills for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder 

Adolescents with ASD (14-18) and their caregivers are invited to a 10-week program on transitioning to adulthood. Work with professionals to plan for the future and gather transition resources.

U of M ASD Clinic, 717 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis

FFI: Dr. Rebekah Hudock at or 612-626-3538.


Good Sports Accepting Applications for Sports Equipment Program

Donations of athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel will be awarded to organizations or schools in support of sports programs geared toward disadvantaged young people. Rolling deadline. Apply


FREE Tax Preparation Service at CAPI USA

Thursdays from 5-8 pm starting February 4th, no appointment necessary.

Translation in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish is available. (Family income must be less than $55,000) FFI: Yana at 612-767-3680  See website.