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2016 Human Rights Symposium

Dec. 8, 8am, St. Paul

#CRUSH 2nd Annual Youth Sexual Health Night Out

Dec. 9, 6-9pm, North Community YMCA, 1711 West Broadway, Minneapolis

For youth 14-19 years 

Private and confidential testing, Food, and Entertainment



Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents


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  


Prepare + Prosper Seasonal Openings

Spanish and Somali speakers are encouraged to apply.


Tubman Employment


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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What to Know Before You Owe

Earning a post-secondary degree can offer lifelong benefits, but it comes with a cost. Higher education is considered the gold standard for increased earnings potential and quality of life. The rapidly rising cost of higher education, however, has left many wondering if college is worth the cost.

Learn more.


Prevention Research Center

The U of MN Healthy Youth Development *Prevention Research Center (HYD*PRC) collaborates with state and local organizations and communities to conduct research, provide training, and disseminate actionable knowledge and best practices that promote healthy development and health equity for young people.


Safe Harbor

Find information for and about sexually exploited youth at Safe Harbor.

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Training Program Aims to Train Foster Care Youth for Construction Careers

LeGen Leaders is a new workforce development non-profit  that aims to train youth aging out of foster care for construction careers.


When a child turns 18 in Minnesota, foster care services are terminated, unless they meet certain requirements, including being employed for at least 20 hours a week, or working towards the completion of a high school or post-secondary education. When that’s the case, state law requires counties to extend foster care services for three more years to allot more time to better prepare for adulthood.


Hennepin County has around 1,500 children in foster care on any given day. By the end of each year, about 100 of them go into extended foster care, according to county officials. Of those, only a few leave without their high school diploma or GED.


Lilia Panteleeva, executive director for the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, said those three years can really help determine whether or not someone leaving foster care will be successful later in life. “LeGen is a way in which they can stay in care and gain the skills they’ll need for the rest of their lives,” she said.


Read the whole MinnPost story here. 


DEED Names Equity Competitive Grant Recipients

DEED (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development) announced equity grants totaling $8.1 million for fiscal year 2017 to organizations that will work to improve economic opportunities for people of color, women, youth, people with disabilities and/or veterans.


These metro organizations will use the funding for youth employment.


Right Track- City of St. Paul, $202,970


Core IT- Minnesota Computers for Schools, metro area, $180,000


Youth at Work- Hmong-American Partnership, St. Paul, $150,000


Youth Employment and Training Program-Appetite for Change, North Minneapolis, $125,000


Indigenous Pathways to Economic Independence-Green Jobs Pathways-Migizi Communications, Minneapolis, $82,030


Skills Training, Internships, College Support for Disadvantaged Youth-Genesys Works, Twin Cities metro, $75,000


Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential Initiative- Project for Pride in Living (PPL), Minneapolis, $60,000


Community Ambassadors Initiative- Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, St. Paul, $150,000


Urban Opportunities Youth Advocates- Pillsbury United Communities, Minneapolis, $150,000


Increasing Literacy and Numeracy at the Harvest Network of Schools- Harvest Network of Schools, North Minneapolis, $100,000


PPL Capacity Building Initiative- PPL, Twin Cities metro, $150,000


Community Coaching Employment Readiness Program- Model Cities of St. Paul, Ramsey and Dakota counties, $150,000


Academic Enrichment: Serving Low-Income American Indian and African-American Children- Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul, $100,000


The Somali Youth Competitive Grant Program will support organizations and workforce programs that serve Somali youth.


Guul- Ka Joog, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Eden Prairie, $200,000


Coyle Center/African Immigrants Community Services Collaboration- Coyle Center, Cedar Riverside and Phillips neighborhoods, $150,000


THRIVE- Confederation of Somali Community of Minnesota, Twin Cities metro, $150,000


See the rest of the grant recipients here. 


Envisioning the Future of Environmental Education for Youth Survey

Hennepin County is conducting a survey as part of a project to envision the future of environmental education for youth.  This survey is intended to help Hennepin County understand what its partners or potential partners think are the most important benefits, barriers and strategies for environmental education.


The survey has 16 questions and should take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey will be open until Friday, December 2.


Take the survey. Please contact Alisa Reckinger  or 612-348-4788 if you have any questions.

Invitation to Participate: Propel SEL – Community Conversations

Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Carlson Family Foundation invite you to community conversations to help them shape the conversation about how youth workers/practitioners in mentoring and out-of-school time can best support social emotional learning and development (SEL) in middle/high school and opportunity youth.


Community conversations will take place in December with youth, youth work practitioners, mentors, leaders in youth development and out-of-school time learning, and systems stakeholders and funders within the nine-county metropolitan area. 

Opportunities for Youth

Join PEACE (Pathways to Emergency & Academy Career Experiences)

  • A paid summer internship while earning money and learning about career options
  • Hands-on experience that can support education goals and lead to justice or emergency careers.
  • A mentor from police, fire, emergency services, law and legal services to support your career goals
  • Email ShaVonda Allen or call 612-673-6221 for more information

PEACE is a partnership of City of Minneapolis, Minnesota Employment and Economic Development, Minneapolis Public Schools and Hennepin County. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. See Flyer


What’s Up 612! is an online resource of things 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.


YouthLink Opportunity Center Calendar