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March 2018


Youth Day at the Capitol 2018

Tuesday, March 27

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Minnesota History Center

345 West Kellogg Boulevard

Saint Paul, MN 55102

View Map

 Register >>here


UROC's Neighborhood U

Beginning in April 2018, get up close to live eagles, learn how a solar car works, try yoga, grow your own food, write a great resume and much more! Visit UROC's Facebook page for performance times and dates.  

More >> here         


Prince Day at UROC

Saturday April 14

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


2001 Plymouth Ave North

Minneapolis, MN  55411

Join friends, neighbors, and University staff in a day of family-friendly activities and events as UROC celebrates the artistic and philanthropic contributions of the late Prince Rogers Nelson.

More >> here

Earth Day Cleanup

Saturday, April 21
9:30 a.m.-noon

Various locations



Training for Adults


Helping Youth Make Healthy Choices

Live online Training 

Thursday March 29 

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Register >> here


Developmental Relationships Boot Camp

Search Institute

Tuesday April 17

Wednesday April 18
Minneapolis, MN

Register >> here

Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)

by Minnesota Prevention Resource Center

Monday June 11

Thursday June 14

Bemidji, MN

More info and tickets >> here


YCB Professional Development Calendar


Afterschool Alliance Recorded Webinars


Youth Work Matters Online


Leadership Matters Online


Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents


PACER Center

Free workshops to parents of children with disabilities and professionals 

Workshop Schedule >> here


Center for Early Education and Development Courses


Employment for Adults

Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES)

MN Alliance with Youth Training Manager


City of Minneapolis




Think Small


Venture Academy




Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities




Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities 


Camp Fire


Hennepin County 




Collaborative Job Board


Hiawatha Academies




YMCA Twin Cities  


U of M Extension 



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What's Up 612! Outreach Update

As warmer temperatures approach, Minneapolis children and youth will soon have a break from school. To make sure parents and youth know "what to do in the 612" we are reaching out to you in the effort to feature your programs, as well as ensure youth and families find quality afterschool and out-of-school programming on What’s Up 612!

We recently developed a customized map that allows youth and families to search by organization name, program and category. Under the searches, users will be able to find out all they need to know about youth programs as well as where they can find them.

As of now our map features programs that take place throughout the school year. We are working closely with Minneapolis Public Schools to make sure Minneapolis youth are not only engaged during the school year, but inside and outside of the classroom all year long. MPS will be assisting in promoting this new information on What's Up 612! throughout the city, so make sure your organization isn't left out.

Now its easier than ever to have your program(s) featured on What's Up 612! Click here to enter summer program information. Even if your organization is not looking to recruit new youth and or your information is already featured, we encourage you to feel out our new form. This will ensure we have a better understanding of the summer offerings in Minneapolis as well as accurate information to provide to our users.

Make sure to visit What's Up 612! to checkout our new map.

Beyond the Bell Training and Regional Meeting

Save the Date!

Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and Ignite Afterschool

Beyond the Bell Training and Regional Meeting

April 11th 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

800 West Broadway

Minneapolis, MN  55411


8:30am Registration

9:00am Welcome

9:30am Beyond The Bell Session #1 

     - To Be Determined

11:30pm Lunch & Ignite Network Updates

12:30pm Beyond The Bell Session #2

    -  Family Engagement

2:30pm Adjourn


Please join the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and Ignite Afterschool, Minnesota’s Afterschool Network, for the Minneapolis session of our #AfterschoolSuccess Regional Working Meeting, Wednesday, April 11th at 800 West Broadway.

At this session, you’ll connect with local afterschool peers and Ignite’s staff to shape afterschool partnerships, quality, and policy

locally and across the state.


For more info and to register contact Phil Rooney at or at 612-607-4091

2018 Minneapolis Teen Job Fair

Saturday, April 21
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall


9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.     Teen Prep Rally on-site!

Build your resume and get ready to meet with employers!

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Interactive Workshop

Hear from industry professionals as they discuss their road to success, and talk about trending industries!

11:00 a.m. -  2:00 p.m.   JOB FAIR


The Teen Fair is produced by City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development, Minneapolis Youth Congress, and Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, Hennepin County Library, AchieveMpls, and the Minneapolis WorkForce Centers


Building Resiliency in a High Stress World

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Willmar High School

3:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

16th Annual Community Conference on the Brain

Building Resiliency in a High Stress World

Featured Presenter – Jim Sporleder


Jim Sporleder retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in

Walla Walla, WA. Under Jim’s leadership, Lincoln High School

became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due

to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and the number of students going on to post-secondary education.

More here>> Flyer 


Sundance Family Foundation

The Sundance Family Foundation is now accepting grant applications for funding youth social entrepreneurship programs and supportive housing programs. Grants are made for one year in duration and range between $5,000 to $25,000.


Visit the Sundance website for details. Staff are ready to answer your questions at 612-822-8580. The application deadline is June 8, 2018


More information >> here

STEP-UP Receives over 3,700 Applications

STEP-UP, the City of Minneapolis internship program for young adults ages 14-21, is already on the way to another great summer.


The STEP-UP 2018 application period closed on February 15 with over 3,700 applications submitted.  All young people who are eligible for the program (3,400) have been invited to training which takes place on Saturdays from now until mid-April.  Prospective interns must complete the training process to be eligible for an internship.  Positions are never guaranteed, but over 80 percent of students who complete training are placed into an internship.


STEP-UP is seeking businesses, public agencies and nonprofits interested in employing interns in 2018. Step Up prepares companies to compete in a global market by building a talent pipeline that introduces them to future workers. Employers can sign up >>here to hire interns until March 30 for summer 2018.  More >> here


Opportunities for Youth

EMS Pathways Academy Student Internship Program

   *What: 13 week EMT training and certification course.
    *Who: Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, be authorized to work in the United States, and will be required to pass a physical exam.
    *When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. next class will begin in June of 2018.

    *There is no cost to apply. Participants are paid $15 hourly.
Applications will be accepted from March 19th – March 30th at 11:59 p.m.
Attend an information session for more information >> Flyer


Teen Teamworks- Summer 2018 Application will be available March 12

Teen Teamworks helps teens ages 14-18 acquire job skills through hands-on MPRB project work. Youth receive supervised on-the-job training, educational services, and a bi-weekly paycheck.

 Applications are available>>online or at parks. Call 612-370-3916 for info. 


Federal Reserve High School Student Essay Contest

Answer the question: Should the federal government increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour? Winners will receive cash prizes and their essays will be published on the Bank’s website. Deadline April 10, 2018.

More information >>Here


Eureka!® Program Seeks Participants

This five-year summer and school year program for current 7th grade girls (8th graders in fall 2018) focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The YWCA and the U of M College of Science and Engineering have partnered to help girls explore their career interests while supporting them through high school graduation and preparing them for the next step in their post-secondary education.

Contact Leah Eby at 612-215-4369 or

Applications due Friday, March 23, 2018.  Application form >>Here


Seeking Mentors for 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). If you work in these careers and are interested in becoming a mentor, please email ShaVonda Allen or call 612-673-6221 for more information



YouthBuild Now Enrolling

Participants receive a weekly stipend while going through construction training. YouthBuild is for:

  • Young men and women, ages 16-24
  • Not currently enrolled in school and looking to obtain your GED
  • Interested in starting a career in construction
  • Available Mon-Fri from 8:30am to 3:30pm

To learn more, Contact Kristi at (651) 379-5837 or email  

 Application deadline is April 9, 2018  Application form>>here


Employment and Opportunity Guide for Minneapolis Youth


YouthLink Opportunity Center Calendar



Social and Emotional Learning in Practice: A Toolkit of Practical Strategies and Resources

The University of Minnesota has a new free social and emotional learning online resource, which is a compilation of templates and activities that can be used by staff and youth as support. Find the toolkit >> here