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                                                March 10, 2016


Fix It Tech Event

Mar. 12, 11am-2pm

ESNS, 1700 Second St. NE, Minneapolis


Reducing Violence Against African American Males

March 23, 1pm

Commons Hotel, U of M campus


Bridges to Manhood Conference

April 1, 9am -3:30pm

MCTC, For young men of color ages 14-24.

Free conference, food, workshops, and gifts.


Big Ideas Community Connections Conference

April 2, 8am-3pm

Minneapolis Convention Center


It’s Not Rocket Science

The Best of The Chicago Avenue Project

April 7, 7pm & April 8, 4 and 7pm, Pillsbury House Theater, 35th & Chicago Ave.

Northside Youth Collaborative

April 12, 12-1:30pm

Emerge Career & Tech Center, 1834 Emerson Ave. N


Southside Youth Worker Engagement Group

April 14, Location TBA


The Conference on the Intersection of Athletic and Educational Equity

April 21, 8:30am-3:30pm, 123 SE Harvard, Minneapolis 


Securing a Job with the Federal Government

March 15, 9am-11am

Brooklyn Park WorkForce Center 


Cycles for Change Youth Programs Manager


Nexus Minnesota Regional Coordinator


Summer Jobs in Urban Garden Program


Youth Violence Prevention AmeriCorps VISTA


Youth Farm Program 


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




Unconscious Bias Training

March 15, 8am-12pm

Macalester College


Free Sexual Exploitation Training

March 28, 2-3:30pm

Lutheran Social Service, 2400 Park Ave., Minneapolis


Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

April 3-6, 2016

St. Paul, Minnesota


Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience

Aug. 8-12, 2016, Minneapolis


PACER Center Workshops


Center for Early Education and Development Courses


YIPA Trainings


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Work Readiness Training Prepares Potential Interns for STEP-UP Jobs


This year, STEP-UP invited 3,447 young people to work readiness training certified by the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce. This number represents every STEP-UP applicant who was eligible to participate in the program. Youth that successfully complete work readiness training will be eligible to be matched with STEP-UP jobs.

Trainings are being held at Minneapolis Community and Technical College on Saturdays from late February to mid-April.

Youth are placed in training based on their age and level of work experience.

  • The most work ready youth, mostly age 16 and above with some previous work experience, spend five hours in the classroom followed by a mock interview with a business professional.
  • Middle level youth attend ten hours of classroom training along with a mock interview.
  • The youngest youth, and those with no previous work experience, spend twelve hours in the classroom, learning via hands-on activities and presentations by business professionals and older STEP-UP interns.

The current job recruitment goals for 2016 are to have 750 internships at the STEP-UP Achieve level (16 and older), and 675 with STEP-UP Discover level (14 and 15 years old).

To learn more about STEP-UP, visit the STEP-UP website.

Youth Bike Summit

This annual three-day national conference to be held May 27 - 29 at Macalester College brings together educators, advocates, students, policymakers, and community leaders to engage around youth, bicycles, education, and advocacy.

The Summit assembles (or rallies) people from different disciplines and backgrounds to network, learn, and explore how the bicycle is a catalyst for positive social change through hands-on workshops, presentations (many led by youth), keynote speakers, discussions, and visioning. 


Learn more and register here.

$25 Early Bird - Youth (by 4/15/16),  $50 Early Bird - Adult (by 4/15/16)

Blueprint Approved Institute RFA Extended to March 21st

The City of Minneapolis Health Department and the Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence have released a Request for Applications for the “Blueprint Approved” Institute.


The Institute works to address violence prevention among youth and within the community. It is designed to help organizations and individuals build capacity through educational sessions and through funding for organizations working to address the goals of the Minneapolis Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence.


Five organizations will each receive an award of $6,000 that will be broken down into: $3,000 to compensate organizations for staff time spent in the Institute training and $3,000 for a youth violence prevention micro-grant to implement a youth project.


For questions please email Sasha Cotton, City of Minneapolis Health Department Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator.


Applications are due by: 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2016. Find more information and documents here. 


Opportunities for Youth

courageous heARTS Youth Advisory Board (YAP) Openings

courageous heARTS is seeking youth volunteers with an interest in art, community building, and social justice to join its youth advisory board to grow a safe, creative space for teens in south Minneapolis.


Learn more and apply on the website. Applications are due March 14.


$5 Summer Programming at Southside Village Boys & Girls Club

East 39th Street and Chicago Avenue (Phelps Park Building)

Monday - Friday, 9:30 am-5:30 pm, June 8 - August 14

Includes free Breakfast and Lunch; Educational, Recreational, Leadership, Athletic, Career and College Readiness, and Leadership Activities; Field Trips; Art; Mentors; and More.

Find flyers and membership forms in Spanish and English here. Parents can also stop in at Phelps Park to register their children.


Cycles for Change Opportunities for Youth

The Bike Grant Program supports participants in basic skills development around leadership, bicycle safety, ownership, and advocacy. Participants must attend two orientation sessions before they receive a loan of a quality, refurbished bicycle, lock, lights, and helmet. 


The Youth Apprenticeship Program allows youth ages 15-19 the opportunity to be trained as a bicycle mechanic and bicycle educator helping to teach other youth and adults about bike maintenance. The apprenticeship is year round: apprentices are trained during the summer months and are employed as shop staff during the school year. 


Scholarships Available at Local Colleges

This is the time of year when colleges are accepting applications for their foundational scholarships. Listed below are the deadlines for applications.

St. Paul College Summer 2016 Scholarships are open until April 15.

Century College 2016-2017 Scholarships are open until April 1.

Metropolitan State Foundation Scholarships are open until noon, April 29.


MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

The grant provides financial assistance to students enrolled in qualifying career and technical programs at MnSCU two-year colleges so that students can complete the program within two years or less and find employment in a high-demand occupation. The grant will be implemented for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years as a pilot program. Learn more.


Dr. Entomo's Palace of Exotic Wonders

Experience the freakish world of exotic insects and invertebrates in this old-fashioned circus sideshow-inspired exhibit inside the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s Exhibit Gallery. Open daily, 10am - 4pm, until April 17.

Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair

Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Teens (14-19) connect with businesses and organizations that are offering employment, job readiness or training programs, and volunteer or educational opportunities. The event will also feature workshops on how to conduct a job search and land a job.


Check out the Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair webpage.


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


10 Free Licenses for Nonprofits with, a customer relations management platform used to track sales, grants, donor relations, volunteers, and client activities, offers 10 free licenses to nonprofits. The Sundance Family Foundation has put together a short guide to help you download the nonprofit version. Call Paul Kramer @ 612-822-8580 with any questions.


The Hennepin County Teen Parent Connection

The Connection nurtures success for pregnant and parenting teens by creating and sustaining a system of seamless evidence-based best practices support for teen mothers, fathers and their children.


Hennepin County “Yellow Pages” Guide to Initial Contact and Assessment Services