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Ignite Afterschool for All MN: An Advocacy Kick-Off Event

Join the Ignite Afterchool Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 from 3:30pm – 6:30pm at PAIKKA is St. Paul for the  Afterschool for All MN: An Advocacy Kick-Off Event to raise awareness about the critical role afterschool plays in the lives of youth.

Click here to register.

Planned by youth & adults. Both youth & adults encouraged to attend. Location: PAIKKA (550 Vandalia Street, Saint Paul, MN 55114 Rm#1650


Friday, January 18, 2019 | M3 Huddle for Minneapolis

Making Meaning with Multiple Data Sets (M3) is a process led by a certified facilitator that supports organizations in using 2-4 data sets to intentionally reflect, plan and identify action steps to improve their afterschool programs. 

Register Now

Webinars and Training Opportunities

Nov 17 - Hennepin County's Youth Led Conference Awaken the Inner Leader

Nov 19 - ACES Webinar Trauma-informed schools

Nov 26-27 - DISRUPT Series/Design Thinking

Nov 27 - Webinar - Partnering to Catalyze Comprehensive Community Wellness

Nov 29 - Webinar - Social Determinants of Health & Health Equity

Dec 4 -  Creating Synergy in a Diverse Delivery System

Dec 4 - Introduction to Hosting Conversations - St Cloud

Dec 14 - It Takes a Village: Using a Whole-School Approach to Support Students who are Immigrants and Refugees


PARTNERS with Youth Conference Requests Workshop Proposals

Partners Conference

The PARTNERS for Youth Conference requests workshop proposals for Friday, February 15, 2019 from 9:00am-3:00pm at Minneapolis College (previously MCTC). A workshop proposal should be a 45-60 minute session that supports and highlights trends, showcases innovative research, and/or demonstrates promising practices to support quality youth-serving programs. Specific workshop themes are listed below. 

To submit a proposal, click here and click on the blue button to start the application process. Applications must be submitted by noon on Friday, December 14th, 2018. Applicants will be notified of decisions by December 28, 2018. Questions can be directed to Rachel Oberg-Hauser: or 612-673-2131.

Workshop themes include:

  1. Advocacy & Systems-Level Youth Work: Sessions under this category can address a broad slate of issues impacting youth that aim to effect positive change at the community, state and national levels. Examples could include: state afterschool funding bill, youth organizing efforts, what does the Minneapolis 2040 Comp Plan say about youth, etc.
  2. Healthy Youth and Healthy Youth Workers: Sessions under this category can share and demonstrate practices and strategies that considers the whole person – body, mind, spirit and emotions – for youth and youth workers to incorporate into their programming. Examples could include: mindfulness, intergenerational work, nutrition, self-care, etc.
  3. Inclusive Youth Work: Sessions under this category can share and demonstrate practices and strategies that seek to challenge all forms of discrimination against young people and create opportunities and environments for young people to fully participate. Examples could include: addressing forms of discrimination for youth of color and Indigenous youth, LGBTQ youth, youth with disabilities, etc.
  4. Youth Work Foundations: Sessions under this category can share foundational youth work practices. Examples could include: providing safe and supportive environments, fostering relationship building, sharing power and promoting youth voice, etc.




Afterschool Tech Toolkit

To help afterschool professionals bring meaningful, digital learning to their programs, the National AfterSchool Association with support from Google created the Afterschool Tech Toolkit. Since the Toolkit was released in spring 2018, more than 11,000 of your afterschool colleagues have accessed the free resources and became more empowered to create high-quality, digital learning opportunities. NEW FOR YOU! New, interactive, self-guided training modules are now available! These new modules make it easier than ever to integrate digital learning into your program. Visit today to get started on your technology journey.


Help children experience the joy of giving this holiday season.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Plymouth Christian Youth Center, North Minneapolis

The holiday season is fast approaching and it’s time for the annual PCYC Children’s Gift Sale!

For just $1, North Minneapolis children can pick out 5 new gifts for their loved ones – mom, dad, grandma, sibling, cousin, etc. – and experience the joy of giving as they ‘shop’ alongside a caring volunteer.

We need over 3,500 gifts and 250 volunteers to transform our PCYC campus into a gift store and help 650 North Minneapolis youth shop for their loved ones on December 8, 2018.

We encourage you to participate in this spirit-filled event as an individual or group, e.g. families, church and youth groups, book and garden clubs, work teams or other volunteer groups.

To learn about how you can donate money, gifts or your time, contact Catrice O’Neal, 612-643-2026 or

Your support will make the holiday season brighter for lots of families in North Minneapolis.

Funding Opportunities

United Way Request for Proposals Now Open

Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW) is now accepting proposals for the Community Investments Request for Proposal (RFP). Consistent with GTCUW’s mission to galvanize our community to build pathways toward prosperity and equity for all, the focus of our grants is people living at or below 200% of poverty (as defined by the 2018 Federal Poverty Guidelines) in the nine-county metropolitan area. At this time, our impact areas focus on:  

  • Education: Early Learning, Career and Future Readiness
  • Household Stability: Housing and Food Security
  • Economic Opportunity: Increased Earnings and Financial Stability

The RFP is now live on our website. Proposals will be due via our online grants portal by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019


Tools and Resources:

Moving Toward Prevention: A Guide for Reframing Sexual Violence,

5 common frames about sexual violence that may make people less open to receiving messages about prevention, and explore their media relations toolkit with resources to help journalists elevate sexual violence prevention. 

Surviving a School Tragedy and Returning Back to Class

Understanding Anxiety in Children and Teens

Supporting Young Children Experiencing Separation and Trauma

2018 Minnesota Kids Count Data Book: Building Community in a Time of Changing Needs.

Minnesota Early Childhood Risk Reach, and Resilience report 

Bullying and Trauma Facts

Student Coping with the Effects of Disaster Media coverage: A Qualitative Study of School Staff Perceptions

Helping Young People Move Up - Findings from Studies of Youth Employment Programs

Income gaps are associated with differences in kindergarten readiness and school achievement.

CSN Fact Sheet: Bullying Victimization among U.S. Youth

CSN Webinar: How Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Can Help Prevent Bullying

CSN Infographic: How Common Are Bullying and Fighting among High Schoolers?

New Study Shows Lack of Sleep in Teens Is Associated with Risky Behavior | Boston Magazine

Prevalence and Characteristics of Self-Harm in Adolescents: Meta-Analyses of Community-Based Studies 1990–2015 | Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Peer Support as a Mediator between Bullying Victimization and Depression

Consequences of Childhood Bullying on Mental Health and Relationships for Young Adults

Stability of bullying and internalizing problems among adolescents with ASD, ID, or typical development

Majority of Teens Say They are Cyberbullied, Pew Study Finds

Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships

Can You Talk to Teens About Healthy Relationships and Teen Dating Violence?

Improving Outcomes for Children Exposed to Violence

Mindfulness Programs for Children

Employment for adults

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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