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June 23, 2016


Green Card Youth Voices Book Reading

June 23, 6pm, Boneshaker Books, Minneapolis


The Chalk Walk Art Festival

Chalk artists, food, and performances

June 25, 10am-7pm, 1823 Glenwood Ave. 

FREE, inc. parking


Friends, Families and Teachers for Pride - March with MPS

June 26, 10am


Juneteenth Celebration

June 26, 2pm, North Regional Library, 1515 Lowry Ave. N.


Cedar Riverside Youth Worker Collaborative

June 28, 11am, Brian Coyle Center, 420 15 Ave. S


Generation NEXT Public Stakeholders Meeting

June 29, 10-11:30am, Minneapolis


Free Webinar: The State of Adolescent Sexual Health in Minnesota

June 29, 10-11:30am


Hmong International Freedom Celebration Sport Tournament

July 2 at 10am to Jul 3 at 10pm, Como Park, St. Paul


Dragon Festival

July 9 & 10, 10am-5pm, Lake Phalen, St. Paul


FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

July 28-30, North Minneapolis


Setting a Healthy Course: Talking about Sex in the Middle School Years

July 25-27, 2016


Midwest Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences

November 10-11



The Supervisor's Toolbox: Youth Supervisor Training Sessions

June 30, 8:30am, St. Paul


Realizing Youth Justice: Advancing Education, Employment, and Youth Empowerment

Free webinar, June 30


Build A Better Budget

Free webinar, June 29, 12-1pm


YouthBank 2016 Orientation

July 21, 5pm, Minneapolis


PACER Center Workshops

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


Center for Early Education and Development Courses


YIPA Trainings 


Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience

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

Early tuition July 10. Group discounts and scholarship assistance available.  Space is limited. 


Essentials of Asset Building For Trainers and Facilitators

Aug. 25-26, 9am-4pm, U of M Continuing Ed. Center


LSS Employment Counselor


Tubman Employment


PUC Vida Sana Coordinator


Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center Executive Director


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities


Camp Fire Staff


Hennepin County


YWCA of Minneapolis


Collaborative Job Board


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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Please submit your news items to Pat Behrend or call 612-673-6220.

Minneapolis Launches New 'Talking is Teaching' Campaign

In bus advertisements, billboards and social media posts that will go up this week, the city of Minneapolis is asking parents to do something simple that officials believe could have a big impact on erasing disparities: talk to their kids. "Talking is Teaching," is a new initiative aimed at getting parents to talk, sing and read to their babies. Officials believe that if more parents get the message that talking is critical for babies' development, they might be able to tackle major gaps in learning and language development between wealthier and poorer families.


In addition to placing posters on buses, in libraries and in businesses, officials want to reach out via television and radio ads. They'll also provide literacy kits to families in home visits run by the city's health department.

Learn more about Talking is Teaching. 


Helping Youth Prepare for Careers

City of Minneapolis Employment and Training was among 13 groups receiving Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) grants to help high school students from specified racial, ethnic, and at-risk groups in future career planning.


“We specifically wanted to target youth that live in North Minneapolis and Cedar-Riverside where the need is high,” says Tammy Dickinson, a career pathways coordinator for the City of Minneapolis. “But anyone who lives in Minneapolis can be served by the project. “


Starting July 1, Leona Martin, DEED Workforce Development Specialist, and her team will conduct three-hour career workshops to help high school students develop job-seeking skills in such fields as health care, manufacturing, and entry-level customer service. The workshops will take place at the two state workforce centers in North and South Minneapolis this summer.


Contact Leona Martin at 612-520-3542 or 


Danielle Grant Named New President and CEO of AchieveMpls


Danielle Grant will take the reins at AchieveMpls in July, following the retirement of Pam Costain, who has led the organization for six years. 

Danielle currently serves as Executive Director for Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Educational & Cultural Services & Indian Education, where she has led systems-level change to help ensure that all students have the academic, cultural, social-emotional and basic needs support they require to be successful learners.


As the nonprofit partner of MPS, AchieveMpls provides personalized career and college planning resources, work readiness training, on-the-job experience, and professional mentors to help Minneapolis students become career and college ready for the global knowledge-based economy.

Free Bike Helmet Giveaway

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Brain Foundation will be giving away 1,000 bike helmets Saturday, June 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Mill City Farmers Market in an effort to raise awareness of brain safety and prevent head injuries in Minnesota. 

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as quantities are limited. 

The AAN has donated an additional 1,000 helmets to the Minneapolis Police Department Bike Cops for Kids, SPOKES/Cycles for Change, Downtown Congregation to End Homelessness, Venture North, and NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center to extend its impact on Minnesotans’ brain health.

Twin Cities Prevention Centers Credit Dialogue for Drop in Teen Birthrate

There are signs that reproductive health education and teen resources are working. According to a state report released last week, Minnesota’s teen birthrate dropped by more than 8 percent from 2013 to 2014, falling to about 15.5 births per 1,000 15 to 19-year-old females. That’s down 58 percent from 1990.


Read more about what Community Restoring Urban Sexual Health (CRUSH) and other metro area organizations such as Annex Teen Clinic, Better Together Hennepin, and Minneapolis School Based Clinics are doing to address teen pregnancy and STIs. 


Minnesota State Fair Job Fair

Wednesday, June 29, from 4-8 p.m.

Progress Center on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds


Jobs include: ticket selling, ticket taking, parking, retail sales, food service, games, sanitation, and more.


Applicant Requirements

• Must be 16 years of age or older

• Must be available to work all 12 days of the fair, Aug. 25 - Sept. 5

• Must come to the Employment Center to meet with a screener

• Must register on-line before the job fair


More information.


Summer at courageous heARTS

Drop in. Have fun. Do art. For youth ages 10-18. No registration required. Youth must bring a permission form completed within the last year.


June 20-August 11 (closed the 4th of July), Monday-Thursday, 12-4 p.m. A light snack will be available to all youth during their visit.


Monday: Paper Art (origami, paper making, paper weaving, etc.)

Tuesday:  Jewelry Making

Wednesday: Science + Art

Thursday: Wild Card (Something different every week)


What's Up 612!

What’s Up 612! is an online citywide resource where youth, parents, educators, youth workers and persons who know young people can find afterschool and summer activities for young people ages 5-21.


YouthLink Opportunity Center Calendar

Opportunities for Youth


Become an AchieveMpls Graduation Coach Next School Year

Make a difference in the life of a Minneapolis high school student by becoming an AchieveMpls Graduation Coach during the next school year.

Through six hours of volunteer time per month, you can help students stay on track, graduate on time and make a plan for life after high school.  Curriculum, structure and training is provided. Apply here by July 8th. For more info email Amy Shapiro or call 612-455-1550.

Sundance Family Foundation 2016 Grants

The Sundance Family Foundation grant applications for Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) programs and Housing Support for youth and families without permanent shelter are being accepted until July 11, 2016. Visit the Sundance Family Foundation website for more information and to apply electronically. Call 612-822-8580 with questions.


Trauma in the Wake of Tragedies

In the wake of tragedies like the Orlando massacre, people far and wide can experience trauma—even if they were not directly involved in the event. And the signs don’t necessarily manifest themselves right away. They may appear later.


Anyone can help someone who struggles with trauma—whether they work in the medical or mental health community, or are just a caring individual.


The National Council for Behavioral Health would like to share a few resources about trauma:

INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Signs A Person May Be Experiencing Trauma

INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Tips to Help Someone Experiencing Trauma

TIP SHEET: Trauma in the LGBTQ Community: What Practitioners Should Know in the Wake of the Orlando Shootings

FACT SHEET: LGBTQ Mental Health: How the Orlando Shootings Can Broadly Impact This Community