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July 2017


Native Youth Workers' Circle

July 21, 12 PM

Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN


Motivation Youth Festival

Aug. 12, 4 - 10 PM

Brooklyn Center, MN

(A free event for youth in the Brooklyns)


PACER Symposium on Children’s Mental Health & Learning

Aug. 15, 8 AM – 4 PM

Minneapolis Convention Center



Sept. 15, 9 AM – 3 PM,

Bloomington, MN


2017 Partners Conference

Oct. 19, 9 AM – 3 PM

Whittier School, Minneapoli, MN


Midwest Trauma-Informed Schools Conference

Nov. 16-17, Rochester, MN

Training for Adults

Essentials of Asset Building for Trainers & Facilitators

Aug. 14-15, MOA Executive Center, Bloomington, MN


Developmental Relationships + Sparks Workshop

Aug. 16, 8:30 AM – 4 PM, Mall of America Executive Center, Bloomington, MN


Social and Emotional Learning in Practice 

Sept. 7, 9 AM – Noon, 120 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul


Mapping Social and Emotional Learning in Youth Programs

Sept. 22, 9 AM - 3 PM

120 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Ave., St. Paul


Responsive Practices to Support SEL

Oct. 4, 9 AM – 12 PM

125 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul


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

Serve – AmeriCorps Promise Fellows


Venture Academy Hiring for 2017/18 School Year


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




City of Minneapolis Job Seeker Bulletin

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Local Organizations Recieve Funding to Help Young People Succeed

Youthprise 2017 Somali Youth Development Fund Grant Awardees 

The New American Development Center will support Twins Cities Somali and East African youth by providing business and leadership skills, job readiness education and coaching, and mentoring. ($75,000)


U of M Extension Center for Youth Development and Ka Joog Twin Cities will address Somali youth at risk of disengagement from education. Youth will participate in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) clubs during out-of-school time. Funding will strengthen the infrastructure of existing clubs in Minneapolis and St. Paul and create infrastructure for new clubs in St. Cloud and Coon Rapids. ($50,000)


Pillsbury United Communities and the Brian Coyle Center will collaborate with the Academic Leadership for International Families Center and other organizations to administer an out-of-school time program for Somali and East African youth. The program will focus on pathways to success for 300 youth, ages 6-21, through a variety of age and culturally-appropriate supports, services, and programming. ($50,000)


DEED Awards $7.3 Million for Youth at Work Programs

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Office of Youth Development awarded $7.3 million in two-year grants to groups that will help youth gain job skills and work experience and introduce them to career pathways. The funding will provide services to young people who are economically disadvantaged, and at-risk. An estimated 5,000 young people will be served.


The following organizations serving Minneapolis received funding:

  • City of Minneapolis (STEP-UP), $1 million
  • EMERGE, $350,000
  • YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, $500,000
  • Asian Media Access, $350,000
  • City of St. Paul (Right Track), $800,000
  • Cookie Cart, $253,314
  • East Side Neighborhood Services, $150,000
  • Minnesota Computers for Schools, $200,000
  • Bridge for Youth, $200,000
  • Goodwill-Easter Seals of Minnesota, $150,000
  • Elpis Enterprises, $100,000
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, $400,000
  • Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa, $200,000  
  • Project for Pride Living, $400,000 

Learn more about all of the programs receiving funding here.

Camp for Youth Coping with Grief

The death of a loved one can be an overwhelming experience for anyone. For a child, whose world is defined by their connection to only a handful of people, the death of someone they love can be particularly isolating, confusing and life altering. On Sept. 9, Fairview’s Youth Grief Services, in collaboration with Stairstep Foundation and His Works United, is offering a program to help—Camp Lift. This free day long bereavement camp offers a lifeline of hope for children and teens coping with the death of a loved one.


Camp is free, but registration is required. A light breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided. Free bus transportation is available from Zion Baptist in North Minneapolis. To register, click here.

CARE (Child Care Advocates Ready to Emerge) Fellowship

The CARE Collaborative is offering another year of the CARE (Child Care Advocates Ready to Emerge) Fellowship. This is an excellent leadership development opportunity for those interested in learning how to make an impact on public policies affecting the early childhood and school-age care fields.


This free program begins in October and will include nine, once a month, face-to-face, all day Friday training sessions and one Wednesday, and will include networking, mentoring, and hands-on projects to develop advocacy skills. Learn more here.

New Grant Opportunities

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grant

The Ripley Memorial Foundation awards grants to direct service programs that focus on teen pregnancy prevention in Hennepin or Ramsey County.


The grant period is January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. Grant size typically ranges from $4,000 to $8,000.


The online application deadline is 5:00 p.m., July 31st here. 


2017 Youthprise Capacity Building Grant

The Capacity Building RFP is now open and will close on August 25. Here is information regarding this funding opportunity:

  • $365,000 is available for funding in 2017
  • 15 to 20 one year grants will ranging from  $10,000-20,000
  • Eligible applicants are current and former Youthprise grantees
  • Projects must be capacity building or systems change activities that are youth focused and racial equity centered

Learn more and apply.     

Opportunities for Youth

Work at the State Fair

Be part of Minnesota’s greatest celebration from Aug. 24 – Sept. 4.

  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Positions include ticket selling, ticket taking, parking, retail sales, food service, games, sanitation, barn attendant, more

Minneapolis Girls in Aviation Day

September 23,10 AM – 3 PM, Flying Cloud Airport, Eden Prairie, MN

This free event will have numerous aircraft on display and a variety of exhibitors with hands on activities to introduce and teach girls and their families about the different aspects of aviation and aerospace.



Geek Squad Academy

Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy provides an opportunity for students (ages 10-18) to develop tech skills, build self-confidence, spark creativity, and discover how technology can benefit them in their educational pursuits and in future careers. Students at Geek Squad Academy become "Junior Agents" and get hands-on experience with some of the newest and coolest technologies like: coding, film production, photography, 3D design, digital music, and more.


August 2 - 3, Minnesota Vikings Winter Park, Eden Prairie, MN

Parents and guardians can register their students here.


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!

This Minneapolis online program finder helps youth, parents, educators, youth workers and persons who know young people find afterschool and summer activities for children and young adults ages 5-21.


YouthLink Opportunity Center Calendar


2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book – State Trends in Child Wellbeing  

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Book provides an annual snapshot of how America’s children and families are faring in every state and across the nation.


Walk*In Counseling Center

Free counseling for ages 15 and up includes help with stress, anxiety and depression; relationship issues; LGBTQ concerns; drug and alcohol use; grief and loss; bullying; school problems; trauma and abuse; suicidal thoughts, and more. (2421 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis)

M, W, F: 1PM - 3 PM and M - Thu: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Career and Education Explorer

The Career and Education Explorer, an online tool from DEED, allows students and others interested in a certain field to review job descriptions, typical job titles, wages, hiring demand and top industries.