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March 2017


JXTA Contemporary Arts Lab Winter Exhibit

Now - Apr. 13, M-Th, 10am - 4:30pm

Juxtaposition Arts, Minneapolis


Northside Celebration

Mar. 18 & 19, 4pm, North High Auditorium, Minneapolis


Being the Change Day

Mar. 18, 8:30am - 3:30pm, Augsburg College, Minneapolis


Second Chance Saturday

Mar. 18, 10:30am - 2:30pm, UROC, Minneapolis

(Expungement and criminal records advice)


Youth Day at the Capitol

Mar. 21, St. Paul

American Indian OIC Education Center Open House 
Mar. 22, 12 - 4 PM

AIOIC, Minneapolis



Hennepin County Teen Parent Connection: Tools to Empower Adolescent Moms 

Mar. 27, 2 - 3:30pm

Hosmer Library, Minneapolis


Open Stages By Teens | For Teens

Mar. 27, Dinner at 6pm, Show at 6:30pm

Free @ Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis


Community Connections Confernce

April 1, Convention Center, Minneapolis


Youth Intervention Programs Rally Day

Apr. 4, State Capitol, St. Paul, MN. Events all day. Rally at 11am.


Asian Media Access Youth Performances

Apr. 4, 5 - 9pm, Monarch Minneapolis Club, Minneapolis

Youth 14-18 can find food, fun, job & health info, and door prizes.


Building Safe and Healthy Communities for All

Apr. 7, 9am - 12pm, U of M, Minneapolis


Native Youth Worker Circle

Apr. 14, 10:30am - 12pm, Division of Indian Work, 1001 East Lake St, Minneapolis


Youth Development Conference

Physical fitness and sports in OST programs

Apr.  21, 8:30 - 3:30pm, U of M, Minneapolis


Earth Day

Apr. 22, 9:30am - Noon, multiple locations


Minnesota Jump$tart Conference - Solving the Puzzle of Paying for Higher Education

April 28, 3:30-6:30pm, Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis


Community Empowerment Black Men Healing Conference

June 15, 9am - June 16, 12:30pm, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul

Training for Adults


YWCA Minneapolis Early Childhood Education Teacher Development


Next cohort in April.



Response-Based Practices for Socially Just Services

Mar. 23, 8am - 4:30pm, UROC, Minneapolis


2017 Evergreen Conference: Creating Real Impact for Youth & Families

Mar. 23 - 24, Bemidji


Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters

Apr. 26, 9am - Noon, Faribault, MN


Strengthening Student Motivation

June 21-23, MOA


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

PCYC OST Manager

Apply by March 24.


Hennepin County 4-H Program Coordinator

Apply by April 2


Family Facilitator: NorthPoint

Apply by March 24


Youth Frontiers Openings

Apply by April 15


Teen Advisor-Henry Beacon-BGC-TC


youthrive Scholar 


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities


Tubman Employment


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities


Camp Fire


Hennepin County


YWCA of Minneapolis


Collaborative Job Board


Hiawatha Academies




YMCA Twin Cities


U of M Extension




Minnesota Alliance With Youth AmeriCorps Promise Fellows



Job Seeker Resource List 


City of Minneapolis Job Seeker Bulletin

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BUILD Leaders Hold Graduations

Graduation ceremonies were recently held for the first cohort groups of BUILD LeadersAmerican Indian OIC, in partnership with Little Earth of United Tribes (LEUT) and EMERGE are the service providers for this program that focuses on violence prevention/intervention, youth development, and coalition building. BUILD Leaders, ages 18-24, receive paid training in facilitation, leadership, and job skills to deliver the BUILD youth violence prevention curriculum to Minneapolis youth (9-12 years).

American Indian OIC/LEUT participants completed youth development and trauma informed care training and facilitated the culturally adapted BUILD Native curriculum to YouthCare participants.

American Indian OIC/LEUT also incorporates construction training into its program. BUILD Leaders completed American Workshop’s 120-hour Introduction to Construction and Building Trades earning industry credentials and certifications. 


(Top: American Indian OIC/LEUT Build Leaders graduation cohort. Source: City of Minneapolis. Bottom:EMERGE Build Leaders graduation cohort. Source: EMERGE)


EMERGE’s BUILD program focused on entry-level positions in the youth work and/or education fields. Participants earned First Aid/CPR and Youth Intervention Programs Association certifications. They also participated in EMERGE Youth Work 101, trauma informed care trainings, and public speaking skills sessions. 


EMERGE BUILD Leaders facilitated the youth violence prevention curriculum at Lucy Laney Community School.


The second BUILD Leaders cohorts started in late February and the third cohorts are slated to begin in August.  

STEP-UP Receives over 3,700 Applications

STEP-UP, the City of Minneapolis internship program for young adults ages 14-21, is already on the way to another great summer.


The STEP-UP 2017 application period closed on February 10 with over 3,700 applications submitted.  All the young people who are eligible for the program have been invited to training – over 3,400 of them!  Training takes place on Saturdays from now until mid-April.  Prospective interns must complete the training process to be eligible for a position.  Positions are never guaranteed, but over 80 percent of students who complete training are placed into a position.


STEP-UP is seeking businesses, public agencies and nonprofits interested in employing interns in 2017. Employers can sign up here to hire interns until March 31 for summer 2017.

Sundance Family Foundation Grants

The Sundance Family Foundation is now accepting grant applications for funding youth social entrepreneurship programs and supportive housing programs. Grants are made for one year in duration and range between $5,000 to $25,000.


Visit the Sundance website for details. Staff are ready to answer your questions at 612-822-8580. The application deadline is June 6, 2017.

New Hennepin Program Boosts Fight Against Youth Sex Trafficking

A two-year pilot program will shift staffing to combat youth sex trafficking in Hennepin County. A new prosecutor and investigator will start this spring and help with the growing number of cases uncovered by city and suburban law enforcement agencies. Learn more.  

Somali Youth Grant Deadline: April 1

Grants are available to build the capacity of small to mid-size organizations serving Somali youth and families.  Learn more. 

Sensory Toys Soothe Kids, Teens in Minneapolis Rec Centers

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is implementing sensory toys to soothe kids and teens who participate in many of its recreation center programs. The toys, which are part of “calming boxes,” are meant to aid children and distract them from causes of stress.


The boxes or kits contain items that engage children through touch, sight and other senses. The board said the sensory stimulation helps kids regulate their emotions and bodies during times of stress.


The board has added calming boxes to all Rec Plus sites and recreation centers with Teen Teamworks programming. A few preschool programs run through city rec centers also have the kits.


Find out more about the toys.

Opportunities for Youth

Teen Teamworks Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2017

Teen Teamworks helps teens ages 14-18 acquire job skills through hands-on MPRB project work. Youth receive supervised on-the-job training, educational services, and a bi-weekly paycheck.


Applications are available online or at parks. Call 612-370-3916 for info. 

Federal Reserve High School Student Essay Contest

Answer the question: Can the U.S. economy still grow the way it once did? Winners will receive cash prizes and their essays will be published on the Bank’s website. Find more information here.


The essay submission deadline is March 31, 2017.


SERVSAFE Summer Jobs Training

Current Minneapolis 9th-12th graders can earn a ServSafe credential (a huge bonus for summer food service jobs), update their resume, and practice interviewing and completing applications. ServSafe will tour and sample culinary delights from job locations that participants can apply to- Izzy's Ice Cream, DQ, Minneapolis Park Concessions, and more.


Monday, April 3 – Wednesday, April 5, 11am - 3pm

Waite House Community Center, 2323 11th Ave. S. Minneapolis


Applicants must meet income eligibility (free or reduced lunch).

To apply, call Autumn at 612-455-0385. Check out the website.


Minneapolis Teen Job Fair

Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall



Eureka!® Program Seeks Participants

This five-year summer and school year program for current 7th grade girls (8th graders in fall 2017) focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The YWCA and the U of M College of Science and Engineering have partnered to help girls explore their career interests while supporting them through high school graduation and preparing them for the next step in their post-secondary education.


Applications are due March 24th. For more information, email Angie Kilcher or call 612-215-4369.


Perpich Arts High School Summer Art Camp: Create Art With Professionals

For students in grades 8-12. This camp is not just for current Perpich students or for only those considering attending, but rather, for anyone who wants to spend a couple weeks in June, learning from teachers and artists on how to improve their art.


Register by May 12, 2017.


PEACE (Pathways to Emergency & Academy Career Experiences)

PEACE is a paid summer internship for high school juniors and seniors to provide pathways into justice and emergency services careers (police, fire, emergency services, law and legal services).

Email ShaVonda Allen or call 612-673-6221 for more information



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 availabe.


YouthBuild Now Enrolling

Participants receive a weekly stipend while going through construction training. YouthBuild is for:

  • Young men and women, ages 16-24
  • Not currently enrolled in school and looking to obtain your 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  


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


Hennepin County Teen Parent Connection

Find information and resources for Homelessness, Reproductive Health, Traumatic Stress and Childhood Exposure to Violence, and Childcare.


Social and Emotional Learning in Practice: A Toolkit of Practical Strategies and Resources

The University of Minnesota has a new free social and emotional learning online resource, which is a compilation of templates and activities that can be used by staff and youth as support. Find the toolkit here.