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May 19, 2016


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


Educators and Counselors Prevent Bullying of Muslim Youth

Free webinar, May 23, 1-2:30pm


Cedar Riverside Youth Worker Collaborative

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


Oak Park Summer Activities Resource Fair

May 25, 5-7pm

1701 Oak Park Ave. N.


NAZ Community Celebration

May 26, 6-8pm, Henry High School, 4320 Newton Ave. N

Register here.


Spokesman Recorder Graduation Celebration

May 26, 4-9pm, Metropolitan Ballroom, Mpls.


Youth Bike Summit

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


SPCO at the Capri

May 28, 10am, Capri Theater, Great family event. Reserve free tickets now. 


Code Switch

June 4-5, Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central


Eastside Youth Work Practitioners

June 8, 11am-12pm, ESNS, 1700 2nd St NE


Native Youth Worker Circle

June 10, 10:30am-12:3pm, Division of Indian Work


World Refugee Day

June 11, 12-4pm

1200 Payne, St. Paul


Free Event: The State of Adolescent Sexual Health in Minnesota

June 21, 9am -12pm, Planned Parenthood, St. Paul


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


Free Webinar: The State of Adolescent Sexual Health in Minnesota

June 29, 10-11:30am 


Trauma Informed Care in Systems of Adolescent Parent Support

May 23, 12:30-3:30pm, Lutheran Social Service, 2400 Park Ave.


Health Equity: Many Voices, Shared Vision

May 26, 7:30am -5pm, U of M, St. Paul


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

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


S.T.A.R.T. Social Skills Training & Aggression Replacement Techniques

June 13-14, Little Canada


True Program Costs

Free webinar

June 15, 12-1pm


Build A Better Budget

Free webinar, June 29, 12-1pm


PACER Center Workshops


Center for Early Education and Development Courses


YIPA Trainings 


Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience

Mon-Fri Aug. 8-12, 2016, Minneapolis 

Adult Employment

Pillsbury House + Theater Youth Manager


AmeriCorps Scholar Coach at Nellie Stone Johnson


Minnesota Reading Corps Positions


Public Allies Twin Cities AmeriCorps  

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New Funding to Support Vibrant Healthy Communities

The Minneapolis Health Department has released a new funding opportunity to support community visions for healthy and vibrant neighborhoods. Community-Driven Solutions for Health will fund two groups $62,000 over 15 months (August 2016 – October 2017) to engage community members in exploring and acting upon a pre-identified community challenge related to healthy eating, physical activity and living free from commercial tobacco.  Proposals that engage youth as change-makers are welcomed. The Request for Proposals is available on the City’s Procurement website. Proposals are due June 8, 2016.

Tuition-Free Autism Spectrum Disorder License

The University of St. Thomas has received a Personnel Preparation in Special Education grant from the U.S. Department of Education - Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Through this grant, individuals with a bachelor's degree are supported to work toward a special education teacher license in autism spectrum disorders, tuition free. Scholars in this program will graduate with additional expertise and competencies: supporting students with significant intellectual disabilities, behavioral intervention, early mental health needs, and cultural responsive teaching with an emphasis on Somali culture.


Individuals with a bachelor's degree (in any field) without an initial teaching license who are committed to serve as an educator in the field of autism in diverse community settings for at least three years following completion of the program may apply. There will be targeted recruitment efforts in the Somali community. All interested individuals, regardless of race, are encouraged to apply.


Participants will be part of a cohort at the University of St. Thomas attending evening courses on the Minneapolis campus. The first cohort starts July 2016. Subsequent cohorts will start in summer 2018 and 2020. Learn more and apply online by May 30, 2016 for the first cohort.

Youthprise Capacity Building Grants

Each summer, Youthprise releases an RFP for Capacity Building Grants that provide funding to Twin Cities based small and mid-size non-profit youth-serving organizations. Youthprise grants aim to build the capacity of organizations to participate in out-of-school time/expanded learning systems (OST) and youth engagement. Youthprise will prioritize one-year grants to small and mid-size nonprofit youth-serving organizations with operating budgets of less than $2 million. The average grant award will be $15,000. It is unlikely that grants will exceed 10% of an organization’s projected operating budget. Youthprise will continue to make grant making decisions using a racial equity lens by evaluating if the composition of an organization’s staff, board, and programs represents the racial and ethnic diversity of its constituents.


The application deadline is June 24, 2016. Learn more and apply here. 


Center for Prevention Funding Opportunity

The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has announced a new funding opportunity to support an organization in the development of the Born to Thrive (BTT) coalition. The BTT effort is committed to ensuring that all Minnesota children have access to healthy food and opportunities for active play, thus creating foundations for healthy growth and development. The funded organization will be tasked with developing the statewide BTT coalition, creating broad awareness of the issues core to BTT, and preparing its members to pursue policy and systems changes impacting early childhood settings.


The application deadline is Tuesday, June 28, at 1 p.m. To apply and review the required materials, visit the Available Funding page. 


Seeking Limited English Proficiency Families

Asian Media Access (AMA) is looking to host a series of Storybird Experiential Workshops to support limited English proficiency communities by utilizing diverse ways of story-telling to share their perspectives. AMA will host workshops in Dakota, Hmong, Somali and Spanish languages. AMA is looking for partners who can support the recruiting process, as well as the LEP families, Please contact Chou Xiong at

Request for Summit Ideas and Nominations

Minnesota will host the 4th Annual Midwest Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences on November 10th and 11th at the Eagan Community Center. The event is an opportunity to grow knowledge and deepen relationships both statewide and across the region. One goal is to have community voices drive and shape this Summit.

  • Do you know someone who is doing ACE-informed work in Minnesota communities?
  • Do you have expertise related to ACEs and trauma-informed care?Summit planners are requesting your ideas for presentation topics and presenters. You are welcome to nominate yourself as well as others. 

Learn more. 


Opportunities for Youth

What's Up 612!

What’s Up 612! is an incredible online resource of things for young people to do in Minneapolis. The program finder is a citywide resource where youth, parents, educators, youth workers and persons who know young people can find afterschool and summer activities for children and young adults ages 5-21.


Find activities around academics, arts and culture, college and career, health and fitness, leadership, sports and recreation, STEM and environment, and camps.


Learn about resources involving basic needs, transportation, employment, health and wellness, legal services, and volunteering.


BestPrep Minnesota Business Venture Program

Learn how to create your own business at BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) program. MBV is a week-long, residential summer program that brings 9-12th grade students together to learn about leadership, business, financial literacy, and career options. Students spend a week on campus at St. Cloud State University (July 10-15) or St. John’s University (July 24-29) to experience college life firsthand. Business Leaders, speakers, mock interviewers and other volunteers mentor and guide students through the week’s activities, including creating a business plan in a group, or “company.”


Scholarships are available for students on free or reduced lunch.


Interested students can learn more and apply on the website.


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 by May 27. Click here for more info or call 612-370-3916.


YouthLink Opportunity Center Calendar


National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ)

NCMHJJ collects, develops and disseminates information and resources on youth with behavioral health needs in contact with the juvenile justice system. It guides and influences practice in select jurisdictions to improve services for youth through training and technical assistance, and informs and improves public policy at national, state, and local levels that reflects the best available research and practice. See more.


Help Keep Kids Fed this Summer: Free Outreach Materials Available

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. 


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