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May 2018


Mental Health Crisis Planning for Families - Elk River


Monday, May 21, 2018

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Handke Family Center

1170 Main Street NW

Elk River, MN 55330

Register >> here

Minnesota Peacebuilding Film Series

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Birchwood Cafe

3311 East 25th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55406


Register >> here


2018 Summer Literacy Workshop

Reframing Literacy in a Digital Age

Tuesday, August 7

8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

U of MN St. Paul Campus


MCRR hosts this annual workshop for teachers, staff, and educational leaders, and others who work with PK-12 students in their literacy instruction.


Tickets >> here 

Unraveling Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Disorders - ADHD, Autism

 Thursday, August 23

10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.


6:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m.


Minnetonka Community Center: Shady Oak Room

14600 Minnetonka Boulevard

Minnetonka, MN 55345


Register >> here

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Summer Crew Leaders Needed

 If you are 21 or older, enjoy working with teens and being outside (or know someone like that)...Tree Trust is hiring Summer Crew Leaders.

Supervise and motivate a crew of 8 young people (14-21 yrs.) as they complete environmental improvement projects in local parks.

Full-time, no weekends! See full job description and apply on the Tree Trust  website.


Employment for Adults


MN Alliance with Youth 


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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Ignite afterschool

2018 Statewide Youth Policy Forum

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
8:10 a.m. – 12:25 pp.m.
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Pkwy N
St Paul  MN  55104

Join us for this exciting Youth Policy Forum with a legislative recap, advocacy and policy panels, workshops, and small group discussions. This event is for anyone interested in public policies designed to close the afterschool access and opportunity gap. 

more >>  here  

Register >> here

2018 Teen Job Fair

13th Annual Teen Job Fair featured in Star Tribune Article

The 13th annual Minneapolis Teen Job Fair attracted over 160 young career seekers to the Minneapolis Central Library on April 21, 2018. Youth arrived as early as 9:00 a.m. for a Prep Rally to receive assistance with resume and interview preparation, networking tips, and computer access to on-line employment applications. Following a youth-led workshop at 10:00, teens circulated the event until 2:00 p.m., meeting more than 25 businesses and organizations.

The event was made possible with support from the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, the Minneapolis Youth Congress, Hennepin County Libraries, and City of Minneapolis.

The Teen Job Fair was featured in an article in the Star Tribune!

See >> here


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Enhancing Trauma-Sensitive and Compassionate Practices in Schools

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


>> Register to Participate


Strategic Focus: Trauma and Policy

Peacemaker Resources, a nonprofit organization based in Bemidji, MN, has experienced success in helping school staff become more aware of the effects of toxic stress on the brain and offers strategies to help students become better able to learn and be successful.  Two Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Specialists will share how adverse childhood experiences workshops paired with teaching and modeling SEL lessons in elementary schools across northern Minnesota has positively influenced students, teachers and schools.  Learn about our successful journey to expand school-based social and emotional health initiatives from 20 classrooms (in 2016-17) to 121 classrooms (in 2017-18), and how we established new sustainable partnerships and resources across systems.  


Opportunities for Youth

Hennepin County Librar

Summer Learning dates are Saturday, June 9 through Saturday, Aug 25.

More >> here



Teen Teamworks- Summer 2018 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. 


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


After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools

SAMHSA is excited to share the Suicide Prevention Resource Center's release of the second edition of After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools, which assists schools in implementing a coordinated response to the suicide death of a student. Developed in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and in consultation with other national experts, this toolkit includes new information and tools that middle and high schools can use to help the school community cope and reduce suicide risk.

Highlights of the second edition include:

  • New examples of how different communities have addressed specific issues in responding to a suicide death
  • A new tool to help with decision-making about memorials
  • Updated resource lists
  • Updated information on topics such as memorialization, social media, and contagion

More >> here

Pilot Project Embraces Executive-Skills Coaching for Young People


Executive-skills coaching — which helps individuals set goals, develop plans and follow through with them — can play a meaningful role in helping young adults thrive in school, at work and in their personal lives, according to a new report funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The Future of Executive-Skills Coaching and Behavioral Science in Programs that Serve Teens and Young Adults shares lessons from a Casey Foundation pilot project designed to hone strategies and skills that are critical to goal setting and follow through. 



More >> here

Funding Opportunities

Request for Applications:  Blueprint Approved Institute

The Blueprint Approved Institute (BPAI) summer cohort Request for Applications (RFA) is now open. The BPAI provides agencies selected to participate with intensive training, technical assistance, support, and skill-building opportunities. Agencies participating in the BPAI summer cohort will receive up to $2,000 to support their organizational capacity building and a $4,000 micro-grant to implement a youth violence prevention project. Selected agencies will be eligible to send up to three individuals to participate in the summer cohort activities. Learn more about the opportunity and apply.


Youth Street Outreach Program 

Street Outreach Program works to increase young people’s personal safety, social and emotional well-being, self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with families, communities, schools, and other positive social networks. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist such youth in making healthy choices and to provide them access to shelter and services which include: outreach, gateway services, screening and assessment, harm reduction, access to emergency shelter, crisis stabilization, drop-in centers, which can be optional, and linkages/referrals to services.

  • Deadline: June 20, 2018
  • Award Ceiling: $150,000

Sundance Family Foundation Grants

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