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August 2018

Upcoming Event

Events for Professionals

Aug.15 -

Prevention in Practice: Building Communities That Strengthen the Resiliency of Future Generations


Sept. 13Social and Emotional Learning in Practice

Sept. 27 - Mapping Social and Emotional Learning in Youth Programs

Oct. 11 - Responsive Practices to Support Social Emotional Learning

Oct. 12 - YIPA FEST

Nov. 1 - Trauma-Responsive School - St Cloud

Nov. 1-2 Trauma Informed Schools Institute - Rochester

 Training for Adults


Developmental Relationships Boot Camp


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 working with families

Workshop Schedule >>Here


Center for Early Education and Development Courses





Employment for Adults


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 



Opportunities for Youth

Opportunities for Youth

Aug. 16 - Neighborhood Hub Resource Fair

Aug. 18 -  Thinking About Business Workshop


 Aug. 25 - Faces of Change:  Artistic Expression by Natalia Berglund

Summer Library Activities and Events for Youth

 Visit the summer learning page for all the information you need:


Free events that highlight science, technology, arts, engineering, math and physical movement are offered at all library locations throughout the summer. For full details on summer events for all ages, check  complete list of summer learning programs

American Red Cross Volunteer for youth age 16+

Donor Ambassador is responsible for greeting and checking in our donors at blood drives. The Red Cross provides all necessary training and orientation. Volunteers get to pick their own schedule on our online calendar. 

More >> here


What’s Up 612! is an online program finder where youth, parents, educators, youth workers and persons who know young people can find afterschool and summer activities for children and young adults.


Employment and Opportunity Guide for Minneapolis Youth


YouthLink Opportunity Center Calendar


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Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board Hires Rachel Oberg-Hauser as New Director of Projects

Dear YCB Board and Friends:

I am pleased to announce that Rachel Oberg-Hauser will be joining the YCB staff on September 4, 2018 as Director of Projects.  Many of you know Rachel as she attended the YCB Board meetings for a number of years as a representative of Greater Twin Cities United Way.

Rachel has significant background in youth development especially in afterschool systems.  She is a graduate of the Masters of Social Work Program at the University of Minnesota specializing in Community Practice and Human Services Management.   For the last year she has been the MSW Field Education Coordinator for Walden University.

Anxious to get back into the afterschool world, Rachel applied for the position of Director of Projects.  About 50 percent of the job is coordinating the Minneapolis Afterschool Network.  This includes oversight of the Propel SEL Project coordinated by the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Carlson Family Foundation, which Rachel was responsible for creating and managing when she was at United Way.  Coordination of the Minneapolis Afterschool Network also includes developing continuous quality improvement with afterschool providers, building evaluation and data management capacity across afterschool providers in partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools, supervise ongoing operations of the What’s Up 612! Program Finder, and support professional development for youth work professionals.  Additionally, Rachel will be working with me, the YCB Board and afterschool providers to develop, coordinate and implement an advocacy strategy for increasing resources in the afterschool field.

The remaining 50 percent of Rachel’s time will be spent on our Positive Corridors for Youth Project, on partner relationships with our four public partners and with Ignite Minnesota to further policies which support afterschool time and positive relationships between young people and adults, and will assess feasibility of new special projects.

Rachel will be out as soon as she starts.  I hope you will join me in welcoming her.


Ann DeGroot
Executive Director

NorthStar Fellowship Opportunity

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Applications now open for the 2018-19 writing cohort!

Our nine-month professional learning experience is designed to engage youth work practitioners in exploration, reflection, and study of issues facing the field of youth work in Minnesota. Within this learning community, youth workers develop important leadership skills through critical thinking, interviews, study, writing and reflection that influence policy and practice at the individual, organizational and systems level.

The goals of this Practitioner Fellowship are to:

  • Unearth and legitimize practice-based perspectives on emergent issues and tensions to broaden current conversations about youth work.
  • Support a core group of practitioners in the community who will develop and demonstrate their leadership abilities and increase their capacity to represent the field on important issues.
  • Create a space to incubate practiced theory that influences the field.
  • Demonstrate our commitment to explicit education, training, and professional development for youth workers as essential to high quality practice.​

Who can participate?
Strong applicants have the following in common:

  • They are youth work practitioners and program managers with experience in direct service, management, and staff development.
  • They have familiarity with current youth development research, best practices, and professional development offerings.
  • They have a desire to explore youth development practice, professional development, and systems and institutions that impact youth work.

What will fellows receive?

  • $500 stipend with successful completion of all fellowship components, including the published paper
  • Professional development and study delivered through a peer network format
  • Opportunities to engage with local and national youth development leaders
  • An opportunity to advance their leadership and influence within Minnesota’s youth work field

Applications are due by August 24 at midnight.


Learn More & Apply

Dept of Health

Gay Straight Alliance: A Critical Community Resource for LGBTQ Mental Well-Being

Tuesday, August 28th 2018

10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Register to Participate


Disparities in mental well-being among LGBT youth in Minnesota are profound.  Learn about how a partnership with youth and a local Gay Straight Alliance helped to identify, document and showcase the experiences of rural Minnesota LGBT youth using video and other creative outlets.  Learn about specific resources and tools through Outfront Minnesota to help you sponsor or support your local GSA (Genders and Sexualities Alliance).


More >> here


Tools and Resources


Latest Bullying Research Highlights

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New Publications:

Becoming College-Ready

This report describes students’ progress through developmental (remedial) education in a study at a New York University.

Overview »    |    Full PDF »


Using Behavioral Insights to Increase Participation in Social Services Programs

Drawing from the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project, this case study is designed as a teaching guide for students and practitioners.

Overview »    |    Full PDF »

Funding Opportunities

APWA-MN Diversity Grant 

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) is currently accepting applications for its Diversity Grant.


The funding is intended to foster a diverse workforce within the field of public works through eduction, training and awareness initiatives oriented toward underrepresented populations.


Organization must provide service to residents of the state of Minnesota. Applicant organizations must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or a government instrumentality such as a public school district.  The organization must directly or indirectly support students or job seekers interested in advancing their career in Civil Engineering, Public Works Administration or closely related field. Consideration will be given to experience related to the field of public works, stated goals of the organization, financial need, and effectiveness of the organization to achieve the Diversity Grant objective.


AWARD AMOUNT is $2,000

Application deadline is September 14, 2018.


Additional grant and application information can be found at





Department of Homeland Security

Office of Procurement Operations - Grants Division

DHS S&T-FRG-IAS and FEMA-ICPD are seeking to address trauma training for the high school-age communities under this NOFO. School-Age Trauma Training (SATT - final name of training to be proposed by grantee and approved by FEMA) is intended to establish a long-term, self-sustaining mechanism (e.g. no further Federal funding beyond Phase III), to deliver free to the public, lifesaving trauma training to high school age students for mass casualty events.