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                                                January 2017 


Hennepin County Teen Parent Connection Annual Policy Meeting

Jan. 23, 1-3:30pm, Lutheran Social Services, Minneapolis

Panel members: DHS Commissioner Emily Piper Johnson, Hennepin County Commissioner Jan Callison, Minneapolis Health Department Commissioner Gretchen Musicant



Developing Women in Leadership

Jan. 23, 6-8pm, TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis



Kids Count Event

Jan. 25, 6:30-8pm, Think Small, Minneapolis



MAZINAAKIZIGE: American Indian Teen Photography Project

Through Jan. 27, 2017


Open Stages at Intermedia Arts

By Teens. For Teens. Free. Includes dinner.

Jan. 27, 6-8:30pm, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis


Trauma and Stress Across the Lifespan: Attachment and Healing in Childhood and Beyond

Jan. 28, 2017, 8:30am-4pm, Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis


Fix-It Tech Event

Jan. 28, 2017, 11am-3pm, Neighborhood House, Wellstone Center, Saint Paul


Courageous heARTS Grand Re-Opening

Feb. 11, 10am-4pm

2235 E. 38 St, Minneapolis


EDTalks: Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls

Feb. 13, 6-7:30pm, Icehouse, Minneapolis


Youth Day at the Capitol: March 21

More information TBA

Training for Adults


MACMH Winter 2017 Training Series

Jan. 23-Mar. 2, 2017


Getting Intentional about Social and Emotional Learning: Promise, Progress, and Priorities

Feb. 9, 9am-12pm, McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis



Strengthening Student Motivation Workshop

SEARCH Institute

Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2017

Mall of America


Lessons from the Field - Meeting the Needs of Transgender Youth

Feb. 28, 2017

U of M Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center (UROC), Minneapolis


Essentials of Asset Building for Trainers & Facilitators

SEARCH Institute

March 6-7, 2017, Mall of America


2017 Evergreen Conference: Creating Real Impact for Youth & Families

Mar. 23-24, Bemidji


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  

Employment for Adults

Youth Program Associate: Hennepin County Library

Closes 2/1/2017, 5pm



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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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Building Supportive and Inclusive Programming for American Muslim Youth

Incidents of bullying against Muslim youth have risen, resulting in concern for schools and youth organizations. What can mentoring practitioners do to build supportive and inclusive programs that meet the needs of Muslim youth and families, while promoting the safety and inclusion of all participants?


Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D., Director of The Family & Youth Institute (FYI) and a leading researcher on American Muslim youth emphasizes that we cannot ignore the hate and ostracism experienced by Muslim young people and their families. Youth development professionals must acknowledge these experiences, provide opportunities for youth to express their fears and concerns in safe settings, and help them channel their energy in healthy ways.


Dr. Ahmed and her team recently published “The State of American Muslim Youth: Research and Recommendations” that outlines eight areas of recommendations for youth-serving organizations which may be valuable to mentoring practitioners seeking to create culturally inclusive, safe and supportive youth mentoring programs. The FYI also worked with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to develop two webinars: “Helping Educators and Counselors Prevent Bullying of and Discrimination Against our Nation's Muslim Youth” and Strategies for Educators, Counselors, and Community Members To Build Protective Factors for America’s Muslim Youth”.




Somali Youth Development Fund Grant Opportunities 2017

Youthprise established the Somali Youth Development Fund to support positive youth development programs, community engagement partnerships, and capacity building for Somali-led community-based organizations. The fund is a part of a public-private partnership that seeks to build the capacity of the Somali community, facilitate better coordination of resources, and provide a holistic approach to youth development.


In 2016, Youthprise received state funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to reduce disparities and address challenges facing Somali youth. The organization is currently offering grants through a competitive application process to:

  • Build the capacity of small to mid-size organizations serving Somali youth in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area
  • Build the capacity of small to mid-size organizations serving Greater Minnesota
  • Strengthen partnerships by investing deeper in a limited number of projects that effectively engage youth and families from the Somali community 

Learn more and apply. 

Pohlad Family Foundation Summer Camp Scholarship Program

The Summer Camp Scholarship Program provides families with young people between the ages 7 and 16 with financial assistance to attend residential camping programs intended to enrich a child’s life experience. The Foundation will award up to $450,000 in scholarship funds to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to financially disadvantaged children and families in Minnesota. Grants to organizations will range from $5,000 to $18,000.

Eligible organizations are Minnesota-based 501(c) (3) organizations that:

  • Provide direct services to economically disadvantaged families and/or youth (e.g. human/social service, affordable housing, education)
  • Do NOT own or operate residential summer camp programs
  • Have staff available during the summer to respond to any needs or issues that arise

To learn more about how to apply for this grant, please click here.


Foster Kids to Get Much-needed Therapy under New State Program

Hundreds of Minnesota children who have suffered the trauma of being removed from their birth parents, and are now living in foster care, could soon receive state-funded intensive psychotherapy services to give them safer, more stable lives.Until now, many of these children have gone years without receiving psychiatric treatment for their emotional problems.


Statewide, nearly one in five foster children in Minnesota bounce back to care within a year of being placed with families — among the highest so-called “re-entry” rates in the nation.


At least 600 Minnesota children in foster care should benefit from the new service, which will cost the state-federal Medicaid program about $1.2 million in its first year, state officials estimate.


The new benefit comes as the state and counties wrestle with swelling numbers of children being removed from their biological families and placed in foster care.  




Opportunities for Youth

STEP-UP Applications Are Open

STEP-UP trains and places more than 1,500 Minneapolis young people (ages 14-21) in paid summer internships with participating businesses.


The STEP-UP online application for summer 2017 is available here.

The application deadline is February 10, 2017.


YouthBuild Now Enrolling

YouthBuild works to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of youth to rebuild their communities and their lives. Participants receive a weekly stipend while in training. Class starts January 30, 2017.


YouthBuild is for:

  • Young men and women, ages 16-24
  • Not currently enrolled in school and looking to obtain a GED
  • Interested in starting a career in construction
  • Available Mon-Fri from 8:30am to 3:30pm

To learn more, Contact Kristi at (651) 379-5837 or email  Link


“Let’s Get IT” Program Now Recruiting

 “Let’s Get IT” is a free 13-week training in Information Technology (IT) with an emphasis on Web Design and Application Development. 


Participants also receive professional workforce skills including resume development, and interview and job search skills. 


Students attend 3-hour classes twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm at Asian Media Access in Northeast Minneapolis.


The next class starts February 7, 2017. Let's Get IT Application 


Recruiting Teens for Tobacco Compliance Checks

Minneapolis Licenses and Consumer Services is recruiting teens to conduct tobacco compliance checks in the City. These checks consists of a teen entering a store that sells tobacco and requesting to purchase tobacco products. If underage teens are allowed to purchase tobacco, the business and clerk are cited for the violating the law.  Teens are supervised at all times by experienced inspectors.


Teens must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 15 and 17.5
  • Have a picture identification card (State ID, permit or driver’s license)
  • Fill out an application 

Teens will be paid $9.50 per hour. Hours are limited and intermittent (most compliance checks are done on school holidays, summers and a minimal number of evenings).  Transportation will be provided if the teen lives within the Minneapolis city limits. On the job training is provided.


For further information, please call Mohamed Ismail at 612-673-3904. 


Sign Up for Summer Nudging

Summer Nudging helps college-bound students successfully enter into college in the fall after high school graduation through weekly text messages, or "nudges." 


Any student who intends to go to college can participate, as well as parents, guardians and counselors. You will receive texts January-December 2017. Opt out any time by texting, "STOP" or "CANCEL."


Text COLLEGE to 651-243-9980! Check out the music video.


PEACE (Pathways to Emergency & Academy Career Experiences)

  • A paid summer internship learning about careers
  • 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 info. See Flyer


Urban Scholars Leadership Development Program

Urban Scholars is a 12 week paid internship for college students that includes leadership and professional development training. Scholars spend four days a week working alongside organizational leaders at a variety of sites. One day a week, Scholars come together to learn and practice skills in leadership, professional development, and public speaking. Urban Scholars also provides mentors/networking advisors and additional panels, tours, and overviews.


The 2017 Urban Scholars application is now available until Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11:59pm CST. Apply here.


Scrubs Camp 2017

Scrubs Camp provides a unique opportunity for middle school and high school students to explore careers in the health sciences. Learn more and register here. Scholarships are given on a first come basis.


Employment and Opportunity Guide for Minneapolis Youth


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



Child Care Aware of Minnesota Bill Tracker

The Bill Tracker is a great resource to stay informed about early care and education legislation. It is updated through each Friday and made available the following Tuesday. Link


Tix for Tots

Tix for Tots is a nonprofit organization that collects tickets to sporting events, concerts, theater performances, and museums and gives them to low-income kids. Last year it gave away 26,000 tickets. Learn more.


A Guide for Helping Students Make Informed College Choices

This guide is designed for counselors, teachers, and advisers who work with high school students from low-income families and students who are the first in their families to pursue a college education. It offers strategies for helping students identify, consider, and enroll in “match” colleges, selective colleges that are a good fit for students based on their academic profiles, financial considerations, and personal needs. Open the guide.


Changing Minds about Children’s Exposure to Violence

Changing Minds is a national public education campaign to raise awareness, teach skills, and prompt public action in response to children’s exposure to violence in the U.S. The campaign features digital and print content intended to reach adults who interact with children and youth in grades K–12. Learn More: