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May 2017


American Indian Month Event Calendar


Misdemeanor Warrant Forgiveness Day

May 20, 10 AM – 4 PM

Sabathani Community Center, Minneapolis


Sanctuary through the Eyes of Women and Girls 

May 22, 5 PM, Reception at 6 PM,

UROC, Minneapolis


Free Webinar: What’s in YOUR Brain? Understanding Unconscious Bias

Sponsor: League of MN Cities, May 23, 1-2 PM


Youth Policy Forum

June 8, 2:30 – 4:30 PM

Saint Paul, MN


Community Empowerment Black Men Healing Conference

June 15, 9 AM – June 16, 12:30 PM, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul


2017 Educational Equity in Action

June 20 & 21,

U of M West Bank 


Save the Date:

Citywide Youth Worker Forum, June 23, 11 AM – 1 PM, Site: TBA


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

July 24-26, 8 AM - 4:30 PM, TIES Event Center, St. Paul

Training for Adults

Culturally Competent Work with Pregnant and Parenting Teens

May 22, 2 - 3:30 PM, Hosmer Library, Minneapolis


Webinar: The Practice and Power of Engaging Parent Leaders

May 23, 12 - 1:30 PM


Girls, Boys & LGBTQAI+ (Working with Young People across Gender)

May 25, 1 - 4 PM

UROC, Minneapolis


Youth Mental Health First Aid

May 31, 9:30 AM – 2 PM (Part One)

June 7, 9:30 AM – 2 PM (Part Two)

St. Paul, MN (Free)


Nothing About Us, Without Us, Is For Us

June 1, 1 - 4 PM

Minneapolis Urban League, Minneapolis 


Community Research Methodology

June 8, 1 - 4 PM

Minneapolis Urban League, Minneapolis


S.T.A.R.T. Social Skills Training & Aggression Replacement Techniques

June 13-14, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM, BICA, Little Canada


Strengthening Student Motivation

June 21 (8 AM) – June 23 (12 PM), MOA, Bloomington, MN


The Aces Study

June 29, 1 - 4 PM

Minneapolis Urban League, Minneapolis


Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience – STAR Training

Aug. 7, 8:30 AM – Aug. 11, 1 PM, Hamline University, Minneapolis 


Essentials of Asset Building for Trainers & Facilitators

Aug. 14-15, MOA Executive Center, Bloomington


Developmental Relationships + Sparks Workshop

Aug. 16, 8:30 AM – 4 PM, MOA Executive Center, Bloomington


Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents


PACER Center Workshops


Center for Early Education and Development Courses


YIPA Trainings  

Employment for Adults

LSS Onsite Hiring Event

May 22, 12 PM – 5 PM

Center for Changing Lives, Minneapolis


Best Buy Teen Tech Center Assistant Coordinator 

Apply by May 22


Americorps Position at the Science Museum

Apply by June 6, 2017


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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Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair Preps Teen Job Seekers


Teens get employers’ advice at the teen job fair’s Prep Rally.

On Saturday, April 22, more than 350 teens attended the eleventh annual Minneapolis Teen Job Fair. The pre-event Prep Rally invited early arrivers to refine resumes, apply on-line, and sharpen their interview skills. Hiring tips continued during the opening interactive workshop facilitated by the Youth Coordinating Board's employment committee. Five panelists answered questions and shared employer insights, encouraging the young jobseekers to be bold, to emphasize extracurricular and volunteer experience, and to display self-discipline at work.


Multiple sectors were represented, including retail, nonprofit, health care, entertainment, and the public sector. Home Depot, TJMaxx, Wendy's, UPS, Valley Fair, North Memorial, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Hennepin County were among the exhibitors.  Volunteer, education and internship opportunities were also promoted.


City of Minneapolis Employment and Training thanks Hennepin County for financial support and Lunds & Byerlys for providing refreshments. The event was made possible with planning and event management support from Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis WorkForce Centers, the Youth Coordinating Board and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. 


Student Homelessness in Minnesota

The Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness released the Student Homelessness in Minnesota report last month. The report

  • summarizes the state’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness
  • provides background information about student homelessness 
  • reviews school-based and community-based resources to stabilize students in schools and housing

The report contains sobering data. For instance, high school seniors are most likely to be homeless in Minnesota out of any other K-12 grade (just over 1,100). Second place goes to 2nd graders (just over 800).

Outstanding Refugee Awards

The Minnesota Resettlement Programs Office has announced a new initiative to recognize outstanding individuals who are making a positive impact in our state, who originally came as refugees. The United Nations has designated June 20 as World Refugee Day. Minnesota will celebrate this global event by recognizing the contributions of people in Minnesota who share that refugee story. The three award categories are:

  • Entrepreneurship: Individuals who are making innovative contributions to their community in business, the arts or education.
  • Civic Leadership: Outstanding leaders in the community.
  • Youth Leadership: Young leaders in their community.

Share this widely and nominate an outstanding refugee in your community. Submissions will be accepted until midnight on May 25, 2017 and awards will be announced in June.

Over 1,500 Minneapolis Youth Complete STEP-UP Mock Interviews

The City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Youth Employment Program hosted its 14th annual “mock interviews” at the Minneapolis Convention Center over four nights in April.  At the event, 1,500 Minneapolis youth preparing for STEP-UP internships gained real-life interview experience and feedback from over 400 Twin Cities business professionals. The event provided youth with insight on how to prepare and dress for an interview, communicate professionally, and network during a real interview.


Prior to the mock interview, youth completed 7-14 hours of work readiness training – depending on their level of work readiness. These trainings focused on professional communication, problem solving, professionalism, interview skills and resume writing.


The 1,500 young people who attended the mock interviews, as well as over 400 middle school STEP-UP youth who do not attend mock interviews, are now job-ready and will be placed into a  position during the month of May. STEP-UP expects to place nearly 1,700 youth into paid job experiences this summer.


National Afterschool Matters Fellowship

This is a two-year professional development and leadership training program unique in its national reach and incorporation of technology for ongoing collaboration. The NASM Fellowship engages professionals in the OST (out of school time) field in a process of leadership development where they learn to reflect on, study, improve, and assess their work with a view toward improving its quality and impact. Apply by May 31, 2017.

Learn more. 


Opportunities for Youth

Join the Minnesota Youth Council (MYC)

The MYC is looking for young people in 8th-12th grades who are passionate about issues facing youth in Minnesota today. The MYC is now accepting applications for 2017-18 in all 8 Congressional Districts.


The priority deadline for applications is May 22nd. Students who will be in the 8th, 9th and 10th grades in 2017-18 are encouraged to apply here.


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.


May 31 and June 22, 2:30 – 5 PM

635 Prior Avenue North, St. Paul, MN

Enrolling now for July 17 class.



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 working with several organizations to offer six weeks of training for 10 soon-to-be high school graduates. Students must have a high school diploma by June or a GED, be at least 18, and currently employed no more than part-time.


The course begins July 10 and the application deadline is June 23.  To apply, visit:  and look under the “How to Apply” section for information session dates and times. For more information, email or call 651-308-8554.


PEACE (Pathways to Emergency & Academy Career Experiences)

PEACE is a paid summer internship for high school juniors and seniors that provides 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 program finder where youth, parents, educators, youth workers and persons who know young people can find afterschool and summer activities in Minneapolis for children and young adults ages 5-21.


YouthLink Opportunity Center Calendar


Metro Children’s Crisis Response Services

MetrCCS is a public/private partnership in the 7-County Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area of mental health crisis response providers, parents, advocates, hospitals and third party payers. They have just re-launched an important website to help people find their local mental health crisis services and resources – in 8 languages.


Free YPQA Assessments

Youthprise's Regional Quality Collaborative Project is offering YPQA (Youth Program Quality Assessment) assessments. To apply for a free quality assessment please submit a request form.


For more information, contact Fatima Muhammad. Technical assistance will be available through May.


What is Complex Trauma: A Resource Guide for Youth and Those Who Care about Them

This guide was developed for youth who have experienced—or know someone who has experienced—complex trauma. Older youth, adolescents, and young adults can explore the information in this guide on their own to help them better understand complex trauma and the effects. Clinicians, caregivers, and other adults can also use the guide to have conversations with youth about complex trauma and about the coping methods that help, those that can cause problems, and strategies to make things better.




Funding Opportunities

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

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 offered primarily before school, after school, evenings, school release days, and summer.


Visit the Grant Opportunity webpage and scroll down to this grant opportunity for the application documents. The application must be received (not postmarked by) June 1, 2017, 4:30 pm, CDT.


The Sundance Family Foundation Grant

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 -  $25,000. Visit the Sundance website for complete details.