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September 2018


Upcoming Events

Events for Professionals

Sept. 13 - Social and Emotional Learning in Practice


Sept. 18Taking Action to Promote Health Equity Series


Sept. 19 - Driven to Discover: Fostering Authentic Inquiry with Youth through Citizen Science

Oct. 11 - Responsive Practices to Support Social Emotional Learning




Oct. 16 - Deaf Culture Training


 Oct 29-30Infant and Early Childhood

Mental Health Conference


Nov. 1 - Trauma-Responsive School - St Cloud 

Nov. 1-2 Trauma-Informed Schools Institute  - Rochester


Nov. 7 Media’s Influence on Body Image and Eating Disorders


Nov. 13 - Survival Sign Language Training


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



Youth Opportunities

Hennepin County Library

Events for teens
Book lists for teens


We have resources available online and at all our libraries to help K-12 students with history, language arts, math, science and more. To discover all the different homework resources, visit our Homework help page.


Tutors online

Students in grades 3-12 can receive free one-to-one live online tutoring assistance every day of the week from 1-11p.m. (with their library card) in English or in Spanish. For details, see Tutors online


Tutors at the library

The K-12 Homework Help program is a free in-person tutoring program offered at 14 Hennepin County Library locations. No advance sign-up needed. For locations and times, see the Tutors at the library schedule. 


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


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 




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News and Announcements

Trans Equity Summit

5th Annual Trans Equity Summit

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
Hennepin Theater Trust
900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

The theme for this year’s Summit is health and wellness, with sessions on making healthcare more accessible and accepting for the transgender community, learning skills to improve mental health and resiliency, and tackling pervasive issues relating to health and social support.

Free and open to the public. Registration and additional information will be made available at


More >> here 

Listening Session Event to Identify How to Support Youth Decision-Making

Interagency Working Group

To better understand how youth make decisions in their daily lives, the Federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) has partnered with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to bring together young people, supportive adults, and federal policymakers on October 28-29, 2018 in Washington, DC. If you are or you know a young person who is willing to share ideas at the session, please fill out the nomination form below. For more information, contact Cassy Blakely.


Nomination form >>  here



Mental Health Confeerence

Registration now open for the 3rd Annual Minnesota School Mental Health Conference

Please join us for the Minnesota School Mental Health Conference at Cragun's Resort in Brainerd, Minnesota, November 7 – 9, 2018.

Registration now open

The theme of this year’s Minnesota School Mental Health Conference is Integrating Health, Safety and Learning: The tools needed for success.


Find out more.



Tools and Resources

Social Network Enhancement Strategies to Address Limited Support Networks in Young Adulthood >>Download now

 This review from Pathways Research and Training Center focuses on populations where systems involvement is presumed to impact the size, strength, and supportiveness of social networks, including young people who have experienced out-of-home placement in foster care, juvenile justice, or residential treatment.

How School, Family, and Community Protective Factors Can Help Youth Who Have Experienced Maltreatment >> Read more

This report from Child Trends examines the relationship between self-reported experiences of child maltreatment and later delinquent or criminal behaviors across age, sex, race, and sexual orientation. The report also explores a variety of protective factors to test whether these factors decrease delinquent or criminal behaviors.

Don’t Call Me an Enabler – Or Anything Like It
You are in for a treat, Network faithful. We have yet another excellent Zen post by Lisa Lambert, who has the uncanny ability to capture the essence of the experiences of parents who have children with mental health challenges. In this post, Lisa discusses the all too common experience of parents who are told they are "enabling" their child. Enjoy the read.

Whose Research is Better for Helping American People That SAMSHA Is Charged to Serve?
Dennis Embry provides critical insight into SAMHSA's troubling shift in focus on what defines evidence-based practice. "My scientific colleagues in the United States and I are increasingly concerned that Assistant Secretary McCance-Katz is blind to the incredible body of peer-reviewed research with high-quality randomized control studies funded by NICCHD, NIMH, NIAAA, CDC, IES, etc. This is not consistent with her stance on high-quality research."

In New York City, Addressing The Mental Health Of Migrant Children Separated From Their Parents
Writing in Health Affairs, the first lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, decries the long-term effects of the Trump administration's border separation policy and touts her city's ThriveNYC program to address mental health. "While this immediate crisis may pass, these senseless and cruel family separations show how much cultural change is still needed when it comes to mental health," McCray writes. "It is imperative that government guidelines and laws reflect our growing body of knowledge about mental health and trauma."

32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health Call for Proposals Now Open
The 32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will be held March 3-6, 2019 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. The deadline for turning in your proposal is October 26th, so get to writin'!

Earn Your Online Master’s Degree in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
The fully online Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health (CABH) Master’s Program at the University of South Florida is responding to the growing demand for professionals to serve in community, youth, and family agencies and organizations that work to positively impact the well-being of children, adolescents, and emerging adults. Check it out!

A Guide to Forming Advisory Boards for Family-Serving Organizations
When done correctly, forming an advisory board will make your organization’s work better, not harder. A well-planned advisory board can help you meaningfully infuse a trauma-informed approach at every level of your organization. This tool from partners at the National Child Traumatic Stress Network demystifies the process. It highlights the common decisions groups will have to make along the way and the pros and cons of some of the common choices.

Media Advisory: NIMH Researchers Available to Discuss the Suicide Prevention Research

Suicide is a major public health concern. In 2016, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of nearly 45,000 people. The recent deaths of high-profile public figures and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on rising suicide rates have brought the topic of suicide into everyday conversations. For National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon and Dr. Jane Pearson, chair of the Suicide Research Consortium at the NIMH, are available for interviews on suicide prevention research, trends, and the findings and implications of recent studies.


2017 NASMHPD Technical Assistance Coalition Working Papers – Beyond Beds

The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) continues to receive recognition from the behavioral health community at large for their Beyond Beds series of 10 white papers highlighting the importance of providing a continuum of care. We have included links to some of the reports from the Beyond Beds series most relevant to the Children’s Mental Health Network. Enjoy!


Suicide and Youth Violence Technical Packages Now Available in Spanish
CDC has released Spanish versions of its technical packages for suicide and youth violence prevention to increase accessibility of the evidence to Spanish-speaking communities.



Change in Community Networks

The fourth in a series from the Chicago Community Networks study, this web feature explores how partnerships within local collaborations can both sustain themselves and adapt in the face of external events, using one Chicago neighborhood as a case study.

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New Report

Redesigning Advising With the Help of Technology

Early Experiences of Three Institutions

This report from the Community College Research Center and MDRC describes how three institutions — University of North Carolina, Charlotte; California State University, Fresno; and Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania — are implementing comprehensive, technology-based advising reforms, including detailed examples of new advising practices, outreach methods, and messages to students.

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

National Council Funding Opportunity to Increase Youth Engagement

Do you have an innovative approach that will facilitate community partnerships, increase awareness, decrease loneliness or offer a clinical or social intervention aimed at underserved youth? Do you know youth ages 16 to 24 who can help implement your project? Would you like to be paired with a mentor, coaches and subject matter experts who can help you engage and empower youth and their families? Is your organization motivated to improve health outcomes for young people from diverse communities? If so, apply today. You need not be a mental health agency or National Council member to participate.

More >> here