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April 2017


Youth Development Conference

April 21, 8:30am - 3:30pm, U of M Recreation & Wellness Center, Minneapolis


Earth Day

April 22, 9:30am - noon, multiple locations, Minneapolis


Conquering Your Student Loan Debt

April 25, 6 – 7:30pm 

Hennepin County Library, Brooklyn Park


Confronting Racism: Minnesota Style

April 25, 6:30 – 8:30pm

YWCA Minneapolis - Downtown


Teen Pregnancy: Patterns, Prevention & Potential

April 26, 12 – 1pm

U of M East Bank Campus, Minneapolis


2017 Annual Minnesota Jump$tart Conference - Solving the Puzzle of Paying for Higher Education

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


Native Youth Worker Meeting

May 4, 10:30am – 12pm

Division of Indian Work,

1001 East Lake Street, Minneapolis


Racial Justice Workshop 

May 17, 6:30 – 8:30pm

YWCA Minneapolis - Downtown


Community Empowerment Black Men Healing Conference

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


2017 Educational Equity in Action

June 20 & 21,

U of M West Bank campus, Minneapolis


Birds, Bees, and Ongoing Buzz: Families Talking with Teens about Sexuality

July 24-26, 8am - 4:30pm, TIES Event Center, St. Paul


Training for Adults


Pregnancy in LGBTQ Youth

April 24, 2 - 3:30pm,

Hosmer Library, Minneapolis


Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters

April 26, 9am - Noon, Faribault, MN


Strengthening Student Motivation

June 21-23, MOA


Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents


PACER Center Workshops


Center for Early Education and Development Courses


YIPA Trainings 

Employment for Adults

Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Seeking Community Service Officers

Go to school full time and work part time for the MPD. MPD pays for your two year law enforcement degree. Apply by April 21, 2017.



Social Emotional Learning Americorps VISTA at BBBS


DIversity and Inclusion Americorps VISTA at BBBS


Job Seeker Resource List




Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities


Tubman Employment


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities


Camp Fire


Hennepin County 


YWCA 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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2017 Blueprint Approved Institute

The Minneapolis Health Department’s Youth Violence Prevention team has announced the 2017 Blueprint Approved Institute (BPAI). This is an opportunity for community organizations to partner with the city and receive funding to grow their own capacity. It’s also an opportunity for anyone interested to learn more about a wide range of topics.


Attend ten free public classes offered on Thursdays from 1 – 4 pm in April, May and June at UROC. (See flyer) Classes are intended for small community-based organizations in Minneapolis, but are open to anyone interested. Register for each class on Eventbrite quickly, as space is limited! See the BPAI website for links.


The classes will be followed by a summer cohort of 5-10 youth-oriented organizations that have attended at least five of the free classes in April/May/June. Each organization will be awarded $2,000 for additional trainings and $4,000 to do youth programming. The summer cohort will go from July – September, with a few meetings throughout.


Please RSVP for the events and contact Ocean Jurney with questions.

After School Professionals Week

Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week (April 24 – April 28) is a time when to recognize and appreciate those who work with youth during afterschool hours. The week is marked by celebrations and public relations efforts to encourage people to thank afterschool professionals who make a difference in the lives of young people.


Here are some ways you can celebrate:

* Share that it's Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week in your communications (web site, eNewsletters, social media)

* Host events honoring the success of your local afterschool programs

* Send a Press Release to your local media

* Ask local officials to proclaim the event

Learn more.

New Housing Coming for Homeless Young Adults

Construction has started in downtown Minneapolis on a $17 million, five-story housing complex for people in their late teens and early 20s who are homeless. Construction is scheduled to be done in late 2017.


Downtown View is located at 41 N. 12th St. and includes 46 residential units and support services for people ages 18 to 24, according to an announcement by YouthLink and Project for Pride for Living (PPL), the longtime Minneapolis social-service nonprofits behind the effort.



Funding Opportunities

Youth at Work Competitive Grant Program

The DEED Office of Youth Development announces the availability of an estimated $3,180,600 of funding per year for Youth at Work Competitive Grants for SFY 2018-19. To allow for effective project planning, this request for proposals assumes the continuation of the SFY16-17 base appropriation to the program. The final amount of total funds available for funding Youth at Work Competitive Grant proposals (if any) will not be known until an appropriation for SFY18-19 is signed into law by the Governor. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 28th, 2017.



21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

The Minnesota Department of Education is seeking applications for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant program. Funding is available to establish, sustain and expand community learning centers to provide students, particularly those who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, with high quality programs for supporting the whole child. Programming focus is primarily during non-school hours, including before school, after school, evenings, school release days, and summer.


The department estimates the initial grant period will be from Sept. 1,  2017 until Aug. 31, 2020 with anticipated extensions for up to two additional years contingent upon progress and continued funding.


Visit the Grant Opportunity webpage. Scroll down to this grant for the application documents and eligibility info. The deadline is June 1, 2017.


Resiliency in Communities after Stress and Trauma Grant

SAMHSA is accepting applications for “Resiliency in Communities after Stress and Trauma” grants totaling up to $10 million over five years. This grant seeks to assist high-risk youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest. The grants will support implementation of evidence-based, violence-prevention programs and community youth-engagement programs. The grants will also help promote access to trauma-informed behavioral health services.


The grant application is due May 17, 2017. Learn more.


The Sundance Family Foundation Grant

The Sundance Family Foundation grant applications for funding youth social entrepreneurship programs, and supportive housing programs are due June 6, 2017. Grants are for one year and range between $5,000 to $25,000. Visit the Sundance website for complete details.


Opportunities for Youth

Wunderkammer: Youth Career Community Exploratorium

Sunday, April 30, 11am – 3pm

Vadnais Heights Sports Center, 1490 Co. Rd. East, St. Paul

Experience engaging and interactive exhibits with industry experts


Young Graduates Can Get Free Training to Work for LRT

Students who are graduating in 2017 can get training to work for Twin Cities area Southwest and Blue Line Extension light rail transit projects.


Metropolitan Council and its Southwest Project Office are offering six weeks of training for 10 soon-to-be high school graduates. The apprenticeship prep training, known as the LRT BUILD Program is worth up to $4,000. Students must have a high school diploma or GED by June, be at least 18, and currently employed no more than part-time.


The training begins July 10 and the application deadline is June 23. 

Visit: to apply and learn about other requirements. Look under the “How to Apply” section for information session dates and times. Email or call 651-308-8554 for more information. 



Join AMA (Asian Media Access) every Friday from 4 - 6:30pm, from now to the August 26th SAT test. Classes are held at Xi Ling Urban Arts Complex (3300 NE 5th Street, Minneapolis) - The PARK (2nd floor).


Learn how to answer each type of question on the SAT and ACT English tests and use this course to improve your performance.


Sign up with


Teen Teamworks Now Hiring

Teen Teamworks helps teens ages 14-18 acquire job skills through hands-on Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board project work and training. Youth receive supervised on-the-job training, work readiness sessions, educational services, and earn a bi-weekly paycheck.


Applications for summer 2017 are available online or at your neighborhood park. Apply by May 19.


Minneapolis Teen Job Fair

Saturday, April 22, 9am – 2pm

Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall



YouthBuild Provider Open House

Youth workers are encouraged to attend and even bring young people (16-24 years old) who desire to earn their GED while learning construction skills. See the training facility, meet the instructors, and learn how YouthBuild can help you serve youth.


Monday, April 24, 2:30 – 5pm

635 Prior Avenue North, St. Paul, MN

Enrolling now for July classes.



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



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 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



State Services for the Blind (SSB)

SSB's state-wide student services team works with high school students who are blind, low vision, or DeafBlind. It also is a resource for families and schools. SSB helps students gain skills and experiences to

set a course for a bright future.



Think Small - Leaders In Early Learning

Services, resources, and advocacy for early childhood education in Minnesota


New Youth Resource Info from the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently teamed up with the Foundation Center to create a special collection of resources focused on the millions of young people ages 16–24 who are not in school or working — often called disconnected youth. View the online collection here.