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September 2017


EDTalks: Understanding the Experiences of Students with Unique Needs

Sept. 25, 6-7:30pm, Minneapolis, MN


Use this Book: Believe It Build It Guide to Effective Afterschool Practices

Sept. 26, 10am-12pm,

Minneapolis, MN  


Trans Equity Summit

Sept. 28, 9am-4pm,

Minneapolis, MN


Evergreen Fall Retreat

Sept. 29, 8am-5pm,

Walker, MN


MN Youth Council Swearing In Ceremony

Oct. 1, 3:30-4:30pm,

Boomington, MN


No One Likes a Bully

Oct. 4, 12:30-3:30pm & Oct. 16, 6:30-8:30pm,

St. Paul, MN


UROC Community Day

Oct. 5, 3-7pm,

Minneapolis, MN


International Day of the Girl 

Oct. 8, 1-4pm,

St. Paul, MN


2017 Minnesota KIDS COUNT Data Book Release

Oct. 10, 10-11:30am, Minneapolis, MN


Minneapolis PARTNERS with Youth Conference

Oct. 19, 9am-3pm,

Minneapolis, MN


Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair

Oct. 20, 8am-5pm,

Minneapolis, MN


It Takes a Village: Inspiring Young Black Women and Girls

Oct. 26, 1-4pm,

St. Paul, MN


Overcoming Racism: Awakening, Woke, Taking Command

Nov. 3-4, St. Paul, MN


Minnesota School Mental Health Conference 

November 8-10,

Brainerd, MN


The Campaign to Heal Childhood Trauma – Minneapolis   

Nov. 10, 9am-12pm,

Minneapolis, MN


Midwest Trauma-Informed Schools Conference

Nov. 16-17, Rochester, MN


Capturing Imaginations: Building Skills 

Nov. 29, 8am-Nov. 30, 5:30pm, St. Paul, MN


Recognizing and Protecting Teen Victims of  Sex Trafficking

Sept. 25, 2-3:30PM,

Minneapolis, MN


Is There An App for That: Working With Adolescents in the Digital Age

Oct. 3, 9am-3pm,

St. Paul, MN


Responsive Practices to Support SEL

Oct. 4, 9am-12pm,

St. Paul


Neighborhoods Now!


Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents


PACER Center Workshops


Center for Early Education and Development Courses


YIPA Trainings   


President and CEO: Minnesota Alliance With Youth


State of Minnesota Career Fair 

Oct. 14, 10am-3pm,

St. Paul, MN


Serve – AmeriCorps Promise Fellows


Venture Academy


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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PARTNERS with Youth Conference

The annual Minneapolis PARTNERS with Youth Conference will bring together youth work professionals to share strategies to create and increase positive youth development and engagement, co-create professional development to youth and youth serving professionals, and build a foundation for ongoing networking, learning, and resource sharing. Workshop tracks include Healing, Activating, Sustaining, and Opportunity. To support youth engagement and leadership, youth workers are invited to bring youth participants to the conference.


The conference’s keynote address will be presented by Jason Sole, a national speaker and trainer and president of the Minneapolis NAACP.


WHEN: Tuesday October 19, 2017

TIME: 9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM

WHERE: Whittier School & Recreation Center

425 West 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN


This event is free and includes lunch.

Register here.

STEP-UP Wraps Up Another Successful Summer


(Pictured clockwise from top left are: Ashley Yang, STEP-UP alumna and event emcee; City of Minneapolis and AchieveMpls STEP-UP teams; Asian Media Access dance group performing; and STEP-UP interns celebrating prior to the event.)

On August 17, STEP-UP held its 14th annual End of the Summer Celebration at the Guthrie Theater. Over 750 STEP-UP interns, supervisors, employers and supporters came together to celebrate another successful summer of STEP-UP, the City’s youth employment program.  This summer, nearly 1,700 Minneapolis young people completed internships with 230 Twin Cities employers.


The event was hosted by STEP-UP Alumna Ashley Yang with reflections from current STEP-UP interns Destiny Rollie and Badrudin Aden. The celebration featured a welcome by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation's Park Pathways Program and a performance by Asian Media Access.


STEP-UP co-chairs R.T. Rybak, former mayor and current president and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation; Richard Davis, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Bank; and David Frank, interim Director of CPED announced the 2017 Employer, Intern, and Supervisor of the Year awards.


The Employer of the Year winners:

*  Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, a STEP-UP partner since 2004, has employed 1,500 STEP-UP interns to date.

*  Accenture, in addition to being a STEP-UP employer, provides volunteers, curriculum and support for STEP-UP employer engagement.


Learn about the intern and supervisor award winners here.  

Nominate Outstanding Afterschool Practitioners & Community Leaders

Help Ignite Afterschool recognize and celebrate community leaders who support young people through afterschool programming. One practitioner and one community leader from each region of Minnesota will be honored on the day of "Lights On Afterschool", October 26th.


Please submit one practitioner and one community leader from your region by October 6th to be honored.


Click here to learn more, to submit nominees, and to register for the Twin Cities celebration.

2018 Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Grants

Youthprise has announced that the request for proposal process for the 2018 Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Cohort is now open through November 1st.


Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is a method of youth development, youth engagement, and community building. YPAR allows youth to lead and create research, involve members from their own communities in dynamic ways in the research, and develop research that is intended to bring meaningful change to issues that are directly affecting them.


YPAR teams will be developed, sponsored, housed, and facilitated over a 12-month (1/1/18 - 12/31/2018) project period by applicant organizations. Four to six grants ranging in size from $15,000 to $20,000 will be awarded. YPAR orientation, trainings, and technical assistance will be provided to prepare research teams for their projects.


Learn more and apply here. 

Opportunities for Young People

SOAR (Skills, Opportunity, Achievement, Responsibility)

Soar at American Indian OIC/Takoda Group equips 18-24 year old young adults with academic and vocational skills and provides access to opportunities that help them accomplish personal achievement and embrace a spirit of responsibility. SOAR serves individuals who’ve had run-ins with the law and are looking to improve their futures.


Grant and scholarships for training are available for those who qualify.



Tree Trust's Supported Work Program

This program allows individuals (ages 14-24) with an open MFIP case in Hennepin County to gain paid work experience while working outdoors on community improvement projects or indoors at local businesses, schools, and nonprofits.


Find more information and/or fill out an interest form here.


PEACE (Pathways to Emergency & Academy Career Experiences)

PEACE is a career pathway program for high school juniors and seniors (16-21) from select neighborhoods who are interested in justice and emergency services careers (police, fire, emergency services, law and legal services). PEACE also provides a paid summer internship in justice or emergency services.


Attend a PEACE recruitment event:

WHEN: Tuesday October 3, 2017

TIME: 4:30 – 6:30 PM

WHERE: 800 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN

QUESTIONS: ShaVonda Allen: 612.247.2324

Flyer   Eligibility Map


Free Food Safety Training

This program helps participants (17 years +) gain experience in a licensed kitchen, Serve Safe certification, quality job references, and help finding a job. Sessions are held monthly at PUC's Oak Park Center. 



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


DEED Publishes Guide on Starting a Family Child Care Business

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is offering a free manual on how to start a family child care business. The manual is available in hard copy, CD or online. Get a free hard copy or CD by calling 651-259-7476. A PDF of “First Considerations in Starting a Family Child Care Business” is available on the DEED website.