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April 28, 2016


What Are Student Surveys Good For?

May 4, 12-1pm CDT

Free webinar from 

SEARCH Institute


Native Youth Worker Circle

May 5, 10:30am-12:3pm, Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St. 

Eastside Youth Work Practitioners

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

The Power of Play


May 13, 9am-11:30am

St. Paul, MN


Fix-It Tech Event

May 20, 1-5pm

Takoda Institute/AIOIC

1845 E. Franklin Ave. 


Little Free Library Festival

May 21, 10am-4pm

Minnehaha Park


Cedar Riverside Youth Worker Collaborative

May 24, 11am, Brian Coyle Center-Rm-420, 15 Ave. S


Youth Bike Summit

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


Minnesota Youth Summit Healing Forum: "Doing Our Part"

African American Babies Coalition

June 22, 9am-5pm

Saint Paul, MN

For ages 14 to 24 only.


Community Healing: Standing Up for the Children

June 23, 9am

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

Training for Adults


STAR-Lite Training: Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience in a Single Day

May 21, 9am-5pm

Seward location TBA


Kente Circle - Advising the Soul: A Cross-Cultural Approach to Supervision

June 3, 9:30am-4:30 pm, UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N


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

Aug. 8-12, Minneapolis

Scholarship assistance available.  Space is limited.  

Jobs for Adults

Adolescent Health Prevention Specialist

Apply by April 29.


U.S. Bank Stadium Hiring Fair

April 26th - 28th

Minneapolis Convention Center


Youth Frontiers Program Facilitators


Family Means Positions


The Family Partnership Positions

Young Men Advocate

West African Advocate

Survivor Mentor


Facilitator @Project SUCCESS


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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New Federal Study Provides Insights on Homeless Youth

The study by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln focused on 873 youth, ages 14 to 21, in 11 cities, including Minneapolis. It was designed to increase the federal government’s understanding of what services young people need when they are experiencing homelessness. 

The study found:

  • More than half of homeless youth surveyed became homeless for the first time after a parent or caregiver asked them to leave.
  • On average, youth spent two years living on the streets.
  • More than 60 percent also reported being raped, assaulted or robbed while homeless.
  • Nearly 30 percent of the study participants identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual and nearly 7 percent identified as transgender.
  • On average, youth first became homeless at the age of 15 and about half had been in foster care.
  • Youth with a foster care history experienced homelessness for longer periods than other youth — about 27.5 months compared to 19.3 months for youth who hadn’t spent time in foster care.
  • In Minnesota, youth on their own age 24 and younger make up 16 percent of the homeless population. 


View the study. 


Free Little Library Festival


Celebrate the joys of sharing books and reading with a colorful day of Library-building, Storytelling, Performances, Tutus-on-Wheels Challenge, Canine Costume Contest & Parade, Free Haircuts and Color Sprays (to kids who read out loud to the on-site barbers), and more.


The Festival will take place on Saturday, May 21 from 10 am – 4 pm in Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. Learn More.


MIGIZI Receives $703,000 Grant

MIGIZI Communications Inc. has received a $702,000 three-year grant from Youthprise’s Opportunity Reboot initiative to support its Indigenous Pathways to Economic Independence – Green Jobs Pathway Project. 


This funding opportunity is made available through a three-year $3 million Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant to Youthprise for Opportunity Reboot.


The Green Jobs Pathway Project will provide 60 disconnected American Indian youth (ages 14-24) each year with the education, training, supports, and experiences needed to prepare them to become financially independent, self-determining adults. The project includes:

  • A 10-week Green Stewardship Institute focused on educating and engaging youth in hands-on learning and community service that promotes clean energy, energy conservation technologies, and environmental sustainability
  • Paid internships in high-demand, high-growth green jobs in the private and public sectors
  • Individual Development Accounts that provide 4:1 match for youth savings earmarked for postsecondary education
  • Enrollment in dual credit coursework that enables high school youth to earn postsecondary credits in green pathways options while still in high school, thus getting a headstart on college
  • Enrollment and completion of postsecondary certificate, degree, or union apprenticeship in a green energy field.   

Opportunities for Youth

Talk to Ivy League College Representatives at EMERGE Event

Students and parents are invited to talk to Ivy League representatives from Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford about college. 

Thursday, April 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m., EMERGE, 1834 Emerson Ave. North

RSVP with names of students and/or parents to or call 612-866-4664. (Parking is available in lot and there is additional parking directly across the street on Emerson.)


Teens Takeover at the Walker Art Center

Join the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council for a free, popping night at the Walker Art Center. There will be hands-on art-making; dance performances, live music, and a top secret Teen Arts Council project. 

The galleries will be open and free for all. 

Thursday, April 28th, from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Walker Art Center - 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

More information.

Free Employment Empowerment Course 

This three week course covers everything you need to move forward.

Workshops: Confidence Building, Personal Success, Values and Goals

Classes: Networking, Job Satisfaction, Applications, Resumes, Cover and Thank you Letters, Job Search, Interview/Mock Interview and Four Cornerstones of Financial Literacy

Dates: May 2-16, June 6-24, July 11-29, M-F, 9am-12pm

Information and Registration. Also, resume help and mock interview by appointment at, or call 612-879-5286 with questions.


Open Computer Lab Hours for Job Search

M-Th, 12-5pm, Fri, 12-4pm, Last week of the month 9-5pm (4pm Fridays)


LSS Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Ave. S., (2nd floor) 


Fresh Start Program

Fresh Start provides education and employment services for young adult ex-offenders, ages 14 to 24, who live in Hennepin County.  Some of the supports the program offers include GED preparation and/or post-secondary education planning, short-term training, service learning, employment placement services, intensive case management, mentoring, expungement services, and on-going support for up to one year.


North Minneapolis: Contact or 612-752-8520

South Minneapolis: Contact or 612-752-8804



Youth Outdoors Positions Available 

The Conservation Corps’ Youth Outdoors program is hiring Minneapolis youth, ages 15-18, from low income households for $9/hour after-school jobs on North Commons and Powderhorn crews.


Dates: Late April – May 31, Tuesday 3:45-6 pm; Thursday 3:45-7 pm; Saturday 8 am-3:30 pm


With adult crew leaders, youth crew members work on projects in parks, community gardens, and natural areas. Youth are paid for education days which incorporate environmental education, civic engagement, resume building, etc. Youth meet at rec centers throughout Minneapolis.

Youth who are interested in PSEO and/or environmental careers will learn about jobs at the DNR (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) and how to apply for PSEO.  Youth will have the opportunity to continue working with the Corps in the summer and will receive Corps and U of M guidance during the PSEO application process and beyond.


Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Learn more and apply online. Contact Arielle at 651-209-9900 x15 or with questions.

Conservation Corps Hiring AmeriCorps Youth Outdoors

Youth Outdoors members (18-25 years) gain marketable skills and experience by leading high school youth in natural resources projects. The following positions are available in the Twin Cities for a May start:

Youth Outdoors Crew Member (May-December) 

Summer Youth Outdoors Member (May-August)


Questions? Contact or 651-209-9900 x31


'Start It Up' Junior Achievement (JA) Summer Camp

Start It Up Camp for students in 9th-12th grade will be held July 17 - 22 at the University of St. Thomas St. Paul campus. Students will spend the week igniting and cultivating their entrepreneurial spirits culminating in a competition at the end of the week to showcases their products or services ideas. JA has 50 spaces available for camp participation with 25 sponsored scholarships.


Registration Deadline: May 20. Contact LaChelle Williams at or 651-255-0031. Website


Spokesman Recorder Graduation Celebration

Join the Spokesman Recorder for its 21st Annual Graduation Celebration and Career, Resource and Education Expo.


May 26, 4:00 - 9:00 p.m., Metropolitan Ballroom, Minneapolis

From 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. high school juniors and graduating seniors can attend the Career, Resource and Education Expo followed by the Graduation Dinner and Program from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


The event is free for all African and African American graduating seniors and juniors as well as two guests in the Minnesota area.


RSVP deadline: May 20 at 2:00 p.m. For more information and to register for the event, visit the Graduation Celebration website.


Camp Tanadoona

This Camp Fire Minnesota camp offers day camps, resident camps, Northwoods adventure trips, and leadership development programs for youth of all ages. Scholarships available. Learn more and register here.


Teen Teamworks Applications for Summer Available

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


Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair

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. See the Teen Job Fair webpage.


What's Up 612!

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


YouthLink Opportunity Center Calendar


North Point Health & Wellness Human Services

Emergency Housing Assistance: One time rental or deposit assistance

Call 612-767-9171, or walk-in (1313 Penn Ave. N.) to inquire about emergency housing assistance at North Point. Walk-in appointments should request to speak to Cierra Adams or Donn Vargas.


Free Produce Fridays: Every other Friday, 9am-Noon (May 20, June 3 & 17, July 1, 15, & 29, August 5 & 19, September 2, 16, & 30). Held in parking lot at 1313 Penn Ave. N. For more info, call 612-767-9168. is an ongoing collaboration of the Consortium for Science-Based Information on Children, Youth and Families. Its goal is to promote healthy child and family development by highlighting science-based information for those who care for, or work with, children. The site, updated quarterly, links to other well-established, trustworthy websites for parents, other caregivers, and professionals. 


Help Keep Kids Fed this Summer

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free and nutritious meals to kids under 18 years old. To learn more about SFSP or request materials, visit Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or email Click here for Summer Food FAQ.