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March 24, 2016


Interviewing Interns: HT Find a Great Fit: Free Webinar
Mar. 31, 10am


Red Wagon Award Nominations Deadline

April 1


Bridges to Manhood Conference

April 1, 9 am – 3:30 pm

MCTC, For young men of color ages 14-24

Free conference, food, workshops, 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

Monday, April 7, 7 pm and April 8, 4 and 7 pm

Pillsbury House Theater, 35th & Chicago Ave.


Native Youth Worker Circle

April 8, 10:30am-12:30pm

Division of Indian Work 1001 E. Lake St.


Northside Youth Collaborative

April 12, 12-1:30pm

Emerge Career & Tech Center

1834 Emerson Ave N


Eastside Youth Work Practitioners

April 13, 11am-12pm, ESNS, 1700 2nd St NE


Southside Youth Worker Engagement Group

April 14, Noon, Sabathani, 310 East 38th Street


CAST (Capri Afterschool Theater)

The Colored Museum, April 20, 7pm, Free


The Conference on the Intersection of Athletic and Educational Equity

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


Fix-It Tech Event

April 22, 1-5pm

Twin Cities R!SE

1301 Bryant Ave N


Cedar Riverside Youth Worker Collaborative

April 26, 11am, Brian Coyle  Community Center, 420 15th Ave. S.


Financial Literacy of Youth: Whose Responsibility Is It? 

April 27, 3-6:30pm, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis



Youth Bike Summit

May 27th-29th, Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN




Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practice in Social and Emotional Learning

April 6, 9am-12pm, McNamara Alumni Center


Push your Practice: Social and Emotional Learning

April 7, 9am-noon

UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N.


Free Sexual Exploitation Training

March 28 from 2 to 3:30 pm, 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


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


Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience

Mon-Fri Aug. 8-12, 2016, Minneapolis

Early tuition July 10 is $698.  Standard tuition: $750.  Group discounts and scholarship assistance are available.  Space is limited. 




AchieveMpls President and CEO 


Youth Services Coordinator-Brooklyn Park


NAZ Collaboration Director


Nexus Minnesota Regional Coordinator


Summer Jobs in Urban Garden Program

Seeking Youth Team Facilitator, Instructor, and Urban Gardener


Youth Violence Prevention AmeriCorps VISTA


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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Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week Starts March 31

As part of National Youth Violence Prevention Week (April 4-8), the City of Minneapolis is calling attention to the issue of youth violence and how to prevent it in the community. There will be activities and events to raise awareness of youth violence, identify strategies to combat this public health epidemic, and promote the positive roles young people and adults can have in making their communities and schools safer. They include:

Thursday, March 31:

A Girls Symposium, Noon-4 pm, Theodore Wirth Pavilion, 3275 Glenwood Ave. Join girls and young women for this day of empowerment and violence prevention presented by the MPRB to uplift the unique needs of girls and young women in the community. 


Friday, April 1:  

Bridges to Manhood Conference, 9 am-3:30 pm, MCTC, 1501 Hennepin Ave. This free event is designed to empower boys and young men ages 14-24. Fathers and uncles are encouraged to bring their sons and nephews. Adults are asked to bring a young man of color. Register here. 

Vision, Power and Wisdom (V.P.W.)  Part I, 5-7 pm, Shiloh Temple, 1201 W. Broadway.  Minneapolis MADDADS opens up the streets with a microphone providing food, music, community bonding and spoken word to foster a sense of community peace and fellowship.


Saturday, April 2

Vision, Power and Wisdom (V.P.W.) Part II, 3-6 pm, World Wide Outreach for Christ Church, 3808 Chicago Ave. Minneapolis MADDADS open up the streets with a microphone providing food, music, community bonding and spoken-word to foster a sense of community peace and fellowship.

Sundaes on Saturday, 12:30-3:30 pm, Impact Living Christian Center, 3620 E. 26th St. We IMPACT! presents an ice cream social and inter-generational conversation around solutions to youth violence.


Monday, April 4

Tubman’s Movement for Violence Prevention, 4:30-6 pm, Tubman Center West, 3111 First Ave. S. Enjoy pizza, youth art, and more. Celebrate with young people driving positive changes and inspiring conversations to strengthen opportunities to advance the work.


Tuesday, April 5

Intergenerational Community Conversation, 5-7 pm, EMERGE, Philips Center, 1834 Emerson Ave. N. Attend this inter-generational talking circle where community members discuss the effect of youth violence on the community and enjoy dinner.


Wednesday, April 6

Family Dinner for Peace and Movie Screening, 4:30-8 pm, Pillsbury United Communities (PUC) Oak Park Center, 1701 Oak Park Ave. N. Enjoy a family movie, dinner, and discussion on ending youth violence.


Thursday, April 7

Asian Media Access: Urban Arts Showcase to Combat Violence, 6-8:30 pm, North High, 1500 James Ave. N. This showcase creates a channel to give words to the cries of urban youth as they share their talents to open up a violence prevention discussion with the community. Winners of the Minneapolis PeaceMaker Bullying and Violence Prevention Essay and Poetry Contest will be announced.


Friday, April 8

United Tribes 612, 5-8 pm., PUC Waite House, 3401 Chicago Ave.

The event will celebrate and highlight the similarities between the Native American and East African communities and build community through music, food, art, storytelling and basketball. United Tribes 612 centers on young people (6-12 grade) and elders, not on politics or differences.


Saturday, April 9

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, 10 am-6 pm, Farview Park, 621 N. 29th Ave. Change Equals Opportunity presents a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to celebrate youth violence prevention. For more information or to register, click here or call Jamil at 612-730-3581. Come for basketball and to get powerful messages about violence prevention.


Other events

Check with your local park for times and dates of MPRB youth violence prevention activities. Some schools and community organizations will air the Emmy award winning “Don’t Believe the Hype” Violence Prevention Series featuring local activists and hip-hop artists. For more information on Minneapolis work to prevent youth violence, click here.


Global Youth Service Day (GYSD)

GYSD is the largest service event in the world. Young people select and research an issue, then plan, implement, evaluate and celebrate a relevant project. Check out for ideas on how your group can pick, plan, post and promote your project.


Attend a Global Youth Service Day Celebration on April 16, 2 - 5 p.m. at Southdale Center in Edina. Families, youth, and the public are invited to "plug into service" through onsite service projects and to participate in interactive learning activities and demonstrations. There will also be youth performances all afternoon.


Get a Free GYSD Party Pack

If your group is already doing service-learning or activism, break out an element of your work to occur during the GYSD window (the week of April 11th or 18th) and receive recognition for your project with a Party Pack of either a $25 Target or a Little Caesar’s gift card, plus a framed GYSD certificate for your group. To receive a Party Pack, register your project at to place your project on the international map. After registering, email to receive a registration form to document your activities. Include a picture of your event.

STEP-UP Mock Interviewers Needed

April 11 - 14, Mon – Thurs, 4:45 - 6:15 p.m., Mpls. Convention Center

Help 1,700+ young people practice their interview skills and prepare to enter the working world. Volunteers interview two to four STEP-UP interns and then provide feedback and suggestions for strengthening their job interview skills. These interns have just completed their work readiness training and are excited to practice the skills they've learned. You'll be given a brief orientation and suggested interview questions.

Register Now! 


Somali-American Groups Receive Grants

Six groups ranging from mental health to after-school sports will share $300,000 ($30K) in one year grants as part of a federal pilot project to fight youth radicalization in Minnesota's Somali-American community. They are:

  • Africa Reconciliation & Development Organization: $25K for courses for male teens to prevent conflict in African Diasporas.
  • Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota: $100K for partnerships with Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools; the Minneapolis Employment and Training Program; and Isuroon, Darul Quba mosque for employment education and training.
  • Shanta Link: $35K to develop the Somali Youth Mental Health project with African Immigrant Community Services.
  • Somali-American Parent Association: $85K to partner with Ka Joog for a program that will include youth identity activities, cultural integration and educational and employment opportunities.
  • Ummah Project: $30K to train and qualify Somali-Americans ages 18-25 as mediators and restorative justice facilitators using Somali and Islamic practices.
  • West Bank Athletic Club: $25K to build infrastructure, sports activities and "interactive parental communication sessions."

Read the whole story.

Free EMS Training

The Minneapolis Fire Department (MFD) is taking applications from men and women ages 18-30 for an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) certification course. Graduates will get preference points on the next MFD entrance exam (Spring 2017) and will be eligible to apply for EMS jobs at HCMC. If hired they will have the option of further paramedic certification education. Trainees will be considered City of Minneapolis student interns and will earn $14.93/hour to take this college-level course two days a week for 12 weeks.


Learn more and apply here by April 18, 2016.

'BUILD Leaders' Partners Announced

City of Minneapolis Employment and Training has announced that EMERGE Community Development  and American Indian OIC, in partnership with Little Earth of United Tribes, have been selected to provide the BUILD Leaders program to disenfranchised 18-24 year old Minneapolis residents via a cohort model beginning April 1.


BUILD is an equity focused youth violence prevention program that focuses on violence prevention/intervention, youth development, and coalition building. Participants will receive paid training in facilitation, leadership, and job skills to deliver the BUILD violence prevention curriculum to youth 9-12 years old.


EMERGE will provide services to the North Minneapolis African American community and American Indian OIC, in partnership with Little Earth of United Tribes, will provide services to the South Minneapolis American Indian community.

Opportunities for Youth

Hennepin County Library Seeks Youth (16-19) for Jobs

Teen Tech Squad - plan and facilitate tech workshops for kids and teens in grades 4-12. Get trained by the Science Museum, work with music and video production software, robotics, and other tools.  Work 25 hours per month, including evenings and weekends, throughout the year at Brookdale, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, Franklin, Hosmer, or Minneapolis Central Library.  Email with questions.

Teen Art Educator - work with the Minneapolis Institute of Art to plan and facilitate art events for children entering grades 2-5 at libraries.  Work 40- 60 hours during the summer. Email with questions.

Bilingual (Spanish) Teen Teaching Assistant - Work with librarians to plan and implement learning activities for 4-5 year old Latino children. Work 12 hours a week for six weeks in the summer at Augsburg Park, East Lake, or Franklin Library. Email with questions. 

Earn $9.13 per hour. Apply online March 25 – April 15 (by 5 p.m.)


Teen Creative Arts Paid Internships at Pillsbury House + Theater

Culinary Arts: baking/business experience includes ServSafe certification

Fashion Design: sewing/fashion business experience

* For youth entering grades 8-12 who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

* June 21 – August 12, Tuesday-Thursday 2-5 p.m., Fridays 2-4 p.m.

* Earn $500 for the eight week programs.

* Classes held at Pillsbury House + Theater, 3501 Chicago Ave. S. 

Apply online April 4 - June 3 (or until programs are filled), or in-person with Gracie Miller at Pillsbury Theater, Mon-Thur, 4-6 pm. Call ahead (612-787-3646) to let Gracie know you are coming.


Pillsbury Youth Program Facebook Page


Spring Break

Recreation centers across the city will open their doors at 12 p.m. (noon) during Minneapolis Public School's spring break March 25 – April 1. Click here to register or find all the spring break activities in your area.  Some activities may require pre-registration and a registration fee. Call, email or stop by the recreation center hosting the event for more information if the online description leaves you wanting more.

Camp Capri

Every third Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Capri Theater

Free to students in Grades 5 – 8. Registration


Teen Teamworks Applications for Summer Available

Ages 14-18 receive supervised on-the-job training, work readiness training, educational services, and a paycheck at Minneapolis Park and Recreation. Applications are available online or at neighborhood parks. Click here for more info or call 612-370-3916. 


Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair

Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall. Check out the Fair's webpage.


What's Up 612!

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