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October 2017


Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair

Oct. 20, 8 AM – 5 PM

Patrick Henry High, Minneapolis, MN


Hennepin County Teen Parent Connection

Oct. 23, 2 – 3:30 PM

Brooklyn Park Library


It Takes a Village: Inspiring Young Black Women and Girls

Oct. 26, 1 - 4 PM

Macalester, St. Paul


Lights On Afterschool

Oct. 26, 3:30 – 6 PM

Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN


The Bridge Open House

Oct. 26, 5 - 6:30 PM

Minneapolis, MN


Overcoming Racism: Awakening, Woke, Taking Command

Nov. 3-4, St. Paul, MN


Minnesota School Mental Health Conference 

November 8-10

Cragun’s, Brainerd, MN


The Campaign to Heal Childhood Trauma – Minneapolis   

November 10, 9 AM – 12 PM

Sabathani Center, Minneapolis, MN


Midwest Trauma-Informed Schools Conference

Nov. 16-17, Rochester, MN


Capturing Imaginations: Building Skills 

Nov. 29 - 30, 

U of M, St. Paul, MN


Human Rights Symposium 

Dec. 12 & 13

Saint Paul, MN

Training for Adults

Strengthening Student Motivation Workshop: Building Success in School and Beyond

October 23 - 24, 2017

Mall of America Executive Center  


Youth Work Matters Online Course

Jan 16 - Feb 11, 2018, U of M


Neighborhoods Now!


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

HCL Homework Help Lead Tutors

Closes 10/20, 11:59 PM


Think Small


President and CEO: Minnesota Alliance With Youth


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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100-day Challenge on Youth Homelessness

On July 31, 2017, Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis joined numerous community partners and four other U.S. communities in a 100-day challenge to combat youth homelessness.


The challenge goals are to help 150 youth between the ages of 16 - 24 exit homelessness into safe and stable housing, and that 75 percent of this group will secure employment, which could include jobs, job training and credentialing, paid internships, and obtaining a GED or diploma.


Results as of October 13th (Day 74):

Housed: 166 youth

Employed: 62 youth


Those that are interested in assisting with this challenge, especially in the employment area, can contact Casey Schleisman at 612-756-2277, or


The challenge will end November 8, 2017.


Learn more about the 100-day Challenge here. 

Never Give Up: A Complex Trauma Video by Youth for Youth

Never Give Up is an offering of collective wisdom, inspiration and hope for young people ensnared by adverse life experiences such as chronic neglect, violence, abuse, bullying, and exploitation from seven peers and mentors who came just before them and found their way through. This ground-breaking product was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) specifically for youth.

Watch the video. 

Professional Development Survey for Youth Work Field

Ignite Afterschool has launched a state wide survey of youth workers to learn about professional development needs and interests. This data will be invaluable in shaping educational support across the state and in Minneapolis. If you are a youth work worker in MN, please take the time to fill out a 15 minute survey.


Your participation will contribute information that will help fill the geographic and content gaps in professional development for youth workers. You will also be entered for one of four Amazon gift cards! 

Lights on Afterschool

October 26 is the 18th annual Lights On Afterschool (LoA), a day for afterschool programs across the country to celebrate the role afterschool programs play in the lives’ of youth, families, and communities. Afterschool program providers, young people, civic leaders, college students, and community members in the Greater Twin Cities area are invited to attend the event that runs from 3:30 – 6 p.m. at the Weisman Museum.


The evening will feature:

•  Afterschool Program Showcase: Experience the learning that happens outside the school day in Twin Cities afterschool programs.

•  Afterschool Champions Awards: Cheer on the public leaders and practitioners who are making a difference as they receive their awards.

•  Videos Highlighting #AfterschoolSuccess: View new video shorts highlighting afterschool program stories from across Minnesota.

•  Insights into Afterschool Access: View a presentation of new Minnesota Student Survey data analysis and infographics.


Learn more and register. 

The Bridge for Youth Opens First Intentional Community for Young Adults at Risk of Homelessness

The Bridge for Youth has been providing runaway and homeless youth with safe shelter, reunifying families, and helping youth transition to adulthood successfully since 1970. An open house on October 26 will give the community the chance to look inside their newest project – a transitional living program for young people ages 18-21. This program, known as Rita’s House, will provide housing and life skills for young adults at risk of homelessness. The home has been approved as an “intentional community” by the City of Minneapolis, which means that residents will share in decision-making and management of the household. This official designation means that up to a dozen young people will be allowed to share the home.


The public is welcome to attend the open house from 5-6:30 pm on Thursday, October 26. The event will include tours of the house mid-renovation and a time to ask questions about the project.


Event information 

Opportunities for Youth


#IoTHackDay is a fun, FREE day that brings together teams, ideas, and an entrepreneurial spirit to dream up and build cool new devices to solve everyday problems. Teams form, submit their ideas ahead of the event, and hack for 12 hours. Top teams receive cash and hardware prizes!


Saturday, October 28th, 8am - 8pm in Saint Paul, MN

Learn more and register.


"Let’s Get IT!" Free 13-week Digital Lab Training

Web and application development training for 16 years and older. Accepting applications until the end of October.



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  responsibility. SOAR serves individuals who’ve had run-ins with the law and are looking to improve their futures.


Grants and scholarships are available for those who qualify.



Tree Trust's Supported Work Program

This program allows individuals to gain paid work experience while working outdoors on community improvement projects or indoors at local businesses, schools, and nonprofits.


Eligibility includes:

14-18 years, living in a household with a parent/guardian who has an open MFIP case in Hennepin County, or 14-24 years, and have an open MFIP case in Hennepin County


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


Join PEACE (Pathways to Emergency & Academy Career Experiences)

PEACE is a career pathway program for high school juniors and seniors 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 service. Eligibility Map


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 Library Newsletter for Educators

Hennepin County Library has a new newsletter that provides K-12 educators and youth work professionals with helpful tips and online resources that have a reading and or library connection.

Sign-up for the Hennepin County Library K-12 Educators Newsletter.


6 Ways to Know If Your Youth Program Prioritizes Relationships

To assess the priority organizations give relationships, Dr. Kent Pekel, SEARCH President and CEO, developed a quick 6-question assessment to evaluate your organization’s efforts to put relationships first.



2018 Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Grants

The 2018 Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Cohort is open through November 1st. Learn more and apply here.