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April 2018


2018 Teen Job Fair

2018 Minneapolis Teen Job Fair

Saturday, April 21
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall

Map >> here

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

Flyer >> here

Training for Adults

Developmental Relationships Boot Camp

Search Institute

Tuesday April 17

Wednesday April 18
Minneapolis, MN

Register >> here

Wired Differently Seminar

Friday May 11

Crowne Plaza Northstar

Tickets  >> here


Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)

by Minnesota Prevention Resource Center

Monday June 11

Thursday June 14

Bemidji, MN

More info >> here to sign up for the waitlist


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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Two AmeriCorp VISTA Positions Available in the City of  Minneapolis 

1.  Minneapolis Health Department Youth Violence Prevention

The Minneapolis Health Department is recruiting for an AmeriCorps VISTA to support our youth violence prevention efforts. The VISTA will join our team to assist with developing, replicating, and evaluating our Blueprint Approved Institute, which is a violence prevention capacity-building initiative.


VISTA is a 12 month full-time commitment. The term of service is July 2018-July 2019. VISTAs must have a college degree by the beginning of the service time, be US citizens, nationals, or legal residents, and pass a criminal background check. They cannot be employed in any other paid position while serving as a VISTA member. They will receive a bi-weekly living allowance, health coverage, and an education award or end-of-service stipend.


More details and application instructions can be found >> here


The deadline to apply as a VISTA is May 4th, but interviews will occur on a rolling basis as applications arrive.



2. Youth Coordinating Board

The YCB is looking for a highly effective and determined team member to support systems change that puts youth and community at the center of how our public agencies support youth. We are looking for someone who is detail oriented and a skilled communicator to support our comprehensive Youth Master Planning project. Our planning process needs someone ready to reach across communities and agencies to gather input from young people and stakeholders.

The Youth Master Plan VISTA will have an incredible opportunity to network and build partnerships with elected representatives and high level staff across Minneapolis. Over the year, you will help develop the systems for cross agency communication, coordination, and evaluation. Join us to collectively work at closing the opportunity and achievement gaps in Minneapolis!

VISTA Responsibilities

The 2018-19 YCB VISTA will focus on supporting the development and implementation of a comprehensive Youth Master Plan that will coordinate initiatives across public agencies in Minneapolis with the goal of closing the opportunity gap and increasing educational equity. This position will support this collective impact initiative and the best work of our jurisdictional partners through:

• Research best practices in collective impact across interjurisdictional systems to impact plan development and best practices in youth serving programs to share across agencies;

• Coordinate interjurisdictional efforts to build a comprehensive youth master plan across Minneapolis youth serving public agencies;

• Engage the MYC and elected leaders in organizing youth and community to impact youth master plan development through community level input sessions;

• Build capacity for data collection and evaluation across YCB and interjurisdictional programs to ensure continuous program improvement and promotion of most impactful programs;

• Develop communication systems that lead to continued interjurisdictional focus and investment in youth master plan

To apply click here. For general questions about serving as an AmeriCorps member through Minnesota Alliance With Youth, please contact our Recruitment Team at or 651-587-0531. 

MNCFR Spring 2018 Conference

Minnesota Council on Family Relations (MNCFR)

Helping Families Deal with the Opioid Crisis


Saturday, April 21, 2018


9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Lowell Inn Conference Center

102 North Second Street

Stillwater, MN 55082


Registration fees (includes continental breakfast):

$25 for MNCFR members (and it’s not too late to join!)

$35 for non-members

$25 for students


More >> here 

Resource Fair- Community Connections - April 18

Community Connections provides opportunity to Community Partners to connect with the community and do outreach! Please join us on Wednesday, April 18th from 10 am to 2 pm at 800 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis 55411, in the WorkForce Center Area. Learn and connect with these agencies and organizations:

  • Hennepin County
  • American Indian OIC/Takoda Institute
  • TRIO Educational Opportunity Center
  • Second Harvest Heartland
  • Community Vision Development Programs

 More >> here 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class May 11

A Youth Mental Health First Aid class will be held on May 11th at the North Memorial Health Specialty Center located at 3435 West Broadway Ave in Robbinsdale. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an nine-hour course that teaches you how to help someone,aged 12-18, who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. This training teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of common mental illnesses and substance use disorders in adolescents.


More >> here 

DHS announces launch of 24/7 suicide prevention, mental health crisis texting service

Minnesotans across the state can now access suicide prevention and mental health crisis texting services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, DHS announced. As of April 1, people who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a trained counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources.  Texting is the preferred way to communicate for many people — especially youth — and it is important to reach people where they are at when they are contemplating suicide or in crisis.



Crisis Text Line, a non-profit that has offered this service nationally since 2013, will be the state’s sole provider for this service. Crisis Text Line handles 50,000 messages per month — more than 2

Learn more in a recent DHS news release or on the DHS public website. Resources such as posters for partners and providers to share information about the Crisis Text Line are also available on the DHS website. 


Opportunities for Youth

Social Justice Theater as a Youth Empowerment Method - April 19

In this session we learn from a youth-led collaborative that uses social justice theater as a tool to engage with each other and foster voice and activism. They will lead activities to create space, build community, and have fun. This session is led by Jan Mandell with Central Touring Theater, and youth of color from the Irreducible Grace Foundation.

Register here! 


Earth Day

April 21, 9:30am - noon, multiple locations, Minneapolis


Teen Teamworks- Summer 2018 Application deadline May 30

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. 


What's Up 612! is an online resource for children and youth ages 5-21 where citywide afterschool programs, summer activities and resources can be found. To have your program listed, click here


Employment and Opportunity Guide for Minneapolis Youth


YouthLink Opportunity Center Calendar




Bullying as an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)

An ACE is a potentially traumatic event that can have negative, lasting effects on a person. Prolonged and repeated abuse that occurs through bullying and cyberbullying can affect children and youth in terms of their development, the way they interact with others, and how they perform in school. These situations may also impact mental and physical health. Read the ACEs fact sheet on to learn more about:

  • ACEs and Health Outcomes
  • Bullying as an Adverse Childhood Experience
  • Strategies on How to Address ACEs and Prevent Bullying

Do You Suspect A Child Might be Experiencing Bullying?

Learn how to assess, prevent, and respond to bullying by visiting thePrevention page on


More >> Here