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April 14, 2016


Global Youth Service Day Celebration

April 16, 2-5pm, Southdale, Edina

Onsite service projects, learning activities, youth performances

GYSD website


Webinar on Becoming Trauma Informed: What Does this Mean for Non-Clinical Staff

April 19


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.


Earth Day

Saturday, April 23, 



MinneSLIFE Spring Fling Conference

Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education

April 23, 12:30-5pm

RSVPs appreciated.


Fix-It Clinic

April 23, noon-4pm

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S, 


Cedar Riverside Youth Worker Collaborative

April 26, 11am, 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, Free

The Power of Play


May 13, 9am-11:30am

St. Paul, MN


Youth Bike Summit

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


Free EMS Training

Earn $14.93/hr  to take a college-level course 2 days/wk for 12 weeks. 

Application deadline: April 18, 2016


Let it Go-- Letting Youth Lead in Programs

April 29, 10am-12pm

Saint Paul, MN


Community Healing: Standing Up for the Children

June 23, 9am

Metropolitan State University, 700, E. 7th Street, St. Paul


Make Work a Part of Your Plan video and webinar series

To help people with disabilities understand how competitive employment can be a choice.


YIPA Training


PACER Center Workshops

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


Center for Early Education and Development Courses


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.  



Youth Frontiers Program Facilitators


Family Means Positions


The Family Partnership Positions

Young Men Advocate

West African Advocate

Survivor Mentor


Youth Development Coordinator (MHD)


Facilitator @Project SUCCESS


NAZ Collaboration Director


Summer Jobs in Urban Garden Program

Seeking Youth Team Facilitator, Instructor, and Urban Gardener


Venture Academy


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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Local Bush Fellowship Awardees Want to Improve Children's Lives

The Bush Foundation has awarded 2016 Bush Fellowships to 24 people who have shown leadership accomplishments and have “extraordinary potential.” The annual fellowships are available to those who apply from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and 23 area Native nations.


Among this year’s fellows are Minnesotans who want to improve the lives of children. They include:


Terry Austin (Brooklyn Park) wants to grow his knowledge of systems and policies that impact fathers’ ability to be supportive resources for their children and build a counter narrative that combats widespread negative stereotypes of black fathers.


Susan Marie Beaulieu (Baxter) plans to explore traditional indigenous practices around mindfulness as strategies to promote greater wellbeing for Native American youth.


Carmeann Daisy Foster (Minneapolis) will focus on reducing the number of black youth in the juvenile justice system.


Lieutenant Giovanni Veliz (Minneapolis Police Department) wants to design solutions for improving youth health, development and leadership; and for enhancing the cultural competency of MPD officers.


See all awardee profiles.


Help Keep Kids Fed this Summer

Only 15% of kids who rely on free and reduced-priced lunches continue to access meal programs in summer months. That means over 250,000 kids are missing meals and not receiving the nutrition they need. Help spread the word to families, children and teens in your area about the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) which provides free and nutritious meals to kids under 18 years old.


On the Second Harvest Heartland website, find tear-off pads, a texting service (612.516.3663), a poster, and an online mapping tool available to help families find the closest meal time and locations. Use these tools to spread the word in your community. To learn more about SFSP or request materials, visit or email Click here for Summer Food FAQ.  


Six 'Beat the Odds' Scholarship Recipients Named

For more than 20 years, Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota has recognized extraordinary young people who have overcome tremendous adversity in life to achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership in their communities, and aspire to attend college by awarding them with a Beat the Odds scholarship.


This year, six of the most deserving Twin Cities-area high school students have been selected to receive a $5,000 scholarship. This year’s scholarship recipients are: Christopher Oquist, Roosevelt High School, Minneapolis; Domenic Johnson, North Community High School, Minneapolis; Hennessey Carlbom, Takoda Prep, Minneapolis; Sebastien Lannelongue, Southwest High School, Minneapolis; Shamaria Jordan, Edison High School, Minneapolis; and Mela Nguyen, Great River School, St. Paul. (See full biographies.) 


Summer Nudging

Summer Nudging is a program to help college-bound students successfully enter college this fall through weekly text message and email reminders, or "nudges." This is to help prevent Summer Melt, which is described by the statistic that "1 in 5 college bound students fail to matriculate in the fall."


The Minnesota Office of Higher Education will send out approximately 15 text message or email reminders about important college tasks, such as the FAFSA, class registration, orientation, etc. All texts and emails are individualized, and the students can respond. Students also receive a phone number where they can call to receive peer mentor support. All Summer Nudging material is available in both Spanish and English.


Any student who has been accepted into at least one postsecondary institution can participate. Parents and guardians can sign up as well. Nudging will start in May 2016. Students Sign Up Now!


If you are a teacher or counselor who wants to nudge your students, email

Sons of Bransford Awards Seeking Nominations

Sons of Bransford Awards recognize Black men and women that have had a positive impact on the social conditions of the community and the lives of individuals through their leadership. There is an Elder Award, a Mentor Award, a Young Leader Award, a BeMore Youth Leader Award, and a Partner Award. Nominations are due by April 29th.


Find information and nomination forms here. 


Opportunities for Youth

State Seeking Bilingual Student Election Judges

At least 7% of the voting population speaks a language other than English at home. Bilingual election judges are needed to help these voters register at their polling place and answer their ballot questions.


Over the next two months, cities and counties will hire about 30,000 election judges for the August primary and the November general election. Trainings will occur over the summer. Judges are typically paid $10 an hour, but that varies across the state. Students ages 16 and 17 can apply to be trainees. The positions are paid and the duties are the same as other first-time election judges. Apply here.


Camp Bovey

Camp Bovey is for campers 8-14. 15-18 year olds may be eligible for the CIT/ Jr. Staff program. Learn more and register here.


2016 Junior Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (jEM)

June 20 - July 15, 2016, UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N, Minneapolis

jEM introduces Minneapolis high school students to the basics of entrepreneurship and leadership. Find more info and register here.


Summer Camp @ Digital Fabrication and Manufacturing Laboratory

If you are a Twin Cities area student entering a grade between  8-12, you may attend the 3rd Digital Fabrication Workshop at Century College. This is a 3-day workshop from 9:30am - 2:30pm with a free lunch provided.


You can attend one of two workshops offered June 28-30 or July 6-8. There will be projects from 2D laser cutting & engraving to 3D printing to watching drones fly. Also learn about Manufacturing Engineering, and if this is the field for you, from an expert. Apply NOW!


Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) at Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA)

VALT provides a free, hands-on arts education for youth 10-21. Priority is given to young people who live, go to school, or are otherwise connected to North Minneapolis. Students may use the VALT program as a pathway to employment in JXTA apprenticeship studios.


Summer Session (Enrollment Open)

June 27 – August 18, 2016, Meets Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn more and register.



Cahoots is an engaging, reflection-based correspondence program designed to reduce summer learning loss for grades K-5. Register for Language Arts or Math for $38, or both for $62. Registration ends May 13th. Contact, or 612.668.3809.

Minnesota Youth Council (MYC) Now Accepting Applications

MYC is accepting applications through May 1 for 2016-17. Young people between the 8th-12th grades who are passionate about issues facing youth in Minnesota may apply here by Sunday May 1st, 2016.


The MYC develops and strengthens youth voice to engage state and local legislators and policy makers on youth issues.


Hennepin County Library Teen Jobs (Ages 16-19)

Teen Tech Squad member - Plan and facilitate tech workshops for kids and teens in grades 4-12.  Work 25 hours/month throughout the year with music and video production software, robotics, and other tools. Work at Brookdale, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, Franklin, Hosmer, or Minneapolis Central Library.  Contact Kat  with questions.


Teen Art Educator - Work with the Minneapolis Institute of Art to plan and facilitate art events for children (grades 2-5) at various Hennepin County libraries.  Work 40-60 hours in the summer. Contact Joyce with questions.


Bilingual (Spanish) Teen Teaching Assistant - Work with Hennepin County librarians to plan and implement learning activities for 4 and 5 year old Latino children. Work 12 hours/week for 6 weeks in the summer for $9.13/hr. at either Augsburg Park, East Lake, or Franklin Library. Contact Sarah with questions. Apply online March 25 – April 15 (by 5pm)


Teen Teamworks Applications for Summer Available

Teens,14-18, receive on-the-job training, work readiness, educational services, and a bi-weekly paycheck at Minneapolis Park and Recreation. Applications are available online or at your neighborhood park. Click here  for more information or call 612-370-3916. 


Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair

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

Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall


Teens (14-19) can connect with over 40 businesses and organizations that are offering employment, job readiness or training programs, and volunteer or educational opportunities. Check out the webpage.


What's Up 612!

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


YouthLink Opportunity Center Calendar


Minnesota Pays GED Test Costs

Minnesotans who do not graduate from high school no longer must pay for GED tests to receive the equivalent of a diploma. The GED tests usually cost $120 but through the end of June 2016 GED testing is available at no cost to eligible Minnesotans. Gov. Dayton has asked the Legislature to approve another $120,000 to keep the program funded next year.  Check out the three links below for more information.

Governor's Media Release

Minnesota Public Radio news blog 

ABE link with information and links about the free GED 

Get a free Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) Party Pack

If your group is already doing ongoing 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. The youth can plan the party using the gift card. If you have a large group (25+), the gift card amount can be negotiated (based on availability).


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.