NEWS for Youth Work Professionals

news for youth work professionals

January 2019

Announcements and Events

Step Up Recruitment

Step Up Applications are Open!

Step Up is a great opportunity for a youth to explore careers, gain job and life skills, and earn a paycheck. We aim to provide career exploration for over 1,600 young people! We hope to count on your support and advocacy in spreading the word to youth about the exciting opportunity to participate in Step Up.

Who is Eligible? Step Up places Minneapolis youth with barriers to employment in paid summer internships.

  • They are 14-21 years old by June 1, 2019;
  • They are not in college (PSEO is OK); and
  • They live in the City of Minneapolis
  • Meet certain income guidelines or other criteria (see website for details)

If youth answered yes to all of these questions, please encourage them to apply at

Deadline to Apply! The applications are open and available now. Youth must apply at by SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10th, 2019 at MIDNIGHT.


Youth Day at the Capitol

Youth Day at the Capitol 2019 is just around the corner on Wednesday, February 27thRegister now for this opportunity for young people and adults to advocate and share your afterschool story.  Reminder, Afterschool for All MN Advocacy Toolkit is now available for download on Ignite's website. Download + take the next step.


Request for Session Proposals: Believe it. Build it. The Conference Edition, April 4th-5th (St. Paul, MN)

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Ignite Afterschool’s 3rd biennial conference, Believe it. Build it. The Conference Edition April 4th – 5th, will offer a variety of sessions, trainings, and is seeking proposals from practitioners.

Details on proposals >> here


Youth in Leadership

Youth in Educational Leadership Summit, Saturday March 30th (Minneapolis, MN)

Students across Minnesota, grades 8 – 12, are invited to join Saturday, March 30th (8:30am-5pm) at Patrick Henry High School for an exciting day full of training and workshops designed and facilitated by their peers, hosted by the Minnesota Youth CouncilTeachers, coaches, parents and mentors are invited to participate in our student facilitated Adult Partner track and learn how to best support young leaders.

Register >> here


Are you a young person that is passionate, driven, and would like to facilitate a 1-hour session or workshop for your peers and adult partners, click here.


The Minneapolis Afterschool Network’s Program Finder “What’s Up 612!” Is Moving to Youth Coordinating Board Website

The Minneapolis Afterschool Network will soon be saying goodbye to the What’s Up 612! Program Finder as you once knew it. Due to the decrease user-ship as well as community partner engagement, the site’s information will now be housed on the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board website,

For now, youth, parents, educators, youth workers and persons who know young people, will be able to find afterschool and summer activities for children and young adults ages 5-21 on the What’s Up 612! Map. This map provides a general overview of activities and programs in the metro area. We plan to include the program name, dates, cost, time and location in addition to website link.

During this time, we will be accessing and reviewing the former website to figure out how to best serve you, our partners and our community. In the future, be on the lookout for a survey asking for your input on What’s Up 612!

If you currently have a link for What’s Up 612! on your website, media and or materials, please change it to

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training opportunities

Webinars and Training Sessions 

January 10 - Office of Head Start Webinar: Promoting Empathy, Understanding Trauma 

January 10 - WEBINAR: What's Underneath the Iceberg: Unpacking ACEs and Addressing Structural Inequities 

January 12 - Finding Balance:  A mindful approach to mental health, secondary trauma and self care

January 12 - NAMI - Hope for Recovery

January 25 - Practice-Based Teacher Education Workshop

February 4 - Self Regulation:  insights and skills students need for academic success, emotional control and healthy social interaction

February 6 - Project-Based Learning with Purpose - New Strategies and Tools (grades 3-12)

February 11 - NAMI - Transitions; Helping Teens Access Resources for School and Work

February 15 - PARTNERS with Youth Conference

February 15 - An Introduction to Experiential Play Therapy for Children

February 22 - MN Association for Career and Technical Education Special Needs Personnel Conference

Youth Opportunities

Events and Activities for Youth

January 12 - Kids Build Workshop (Age 5-12)

January 24 & 25 - Red Cross Babysitting Training (Ages 11+)

January 26 - Harry Potter Craft, Movie and Popcorn (grade 1-5)

February 3 - Free Family Portraits

March 30 - Youth in Educational Leadership Summit - Patrick Henry High School

April 26 - KidWind Challenge - 4-8th grade and 9-12 grade

tools and resources

New Guidance on Assessing Local SEL Needs for ESSA Funding

A Toolkit for Ensuring Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students

Design Thinking for Social Innovation, by Tim Brown & Jocelyn Wyatt (2010) 

Method Cards, by IDEO

Design Kit: The Human-Centered Design Toolkit, by IDEO

Collective Action Toolkit,

Blueprint for a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization

Early Work Experience and Supportive Adults A Boon to Low-Income Youth

Resources to Support Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders -video

State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Young Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Crisis

Below is a collection of federal websites with additional data on the opioid crisis as well as informational and physical resources for health workers, case managers, and employers.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) SAMHSA is the lead Federal agency that collects and reports data and awards grant funding to address substance abuse and mental health illnesses. 
  • National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) NCADD is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting alcohol and drug dependency as well as providing resources to support people and families affected by addiction.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The CDC is the Federal institute that tracks and monitors the public's health and provides state and localities with resources to identify the causes of infectious diseases and epidemics and ways to prevent them.
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) NIOSH is a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is the principal Federal agency authorized to conduct research and identify recommendations for preventing work-related illnesses and injuries. 
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) NIDA has a two-fold mission: to support basic and clinical research on drug use (including the social, behavioral, and neurological consequences); and to translate and disseminate research findings to build public awareness of addiction and improve treatment options for drug abuse.
  • National Safety Council Employer Testing Kit This free employer kit is designed to address prescription drug use in the workplace and includes: a guide, "The Proactive Role Employers Can Take: Opioids in the Workplace;" tools to evaluate an organization's employee benefit plans used to stem addiction; fact sheets and handouts to educate employees; a set of safety talks that management can deliver to employees; and a poster series for display about home safety and disposal of prescription drugs. 
  • Order Free Resources to Reduce Opioid Risk Visitors can use the online order form on this National Safety Council webpage to order free resources to help them reduce opioid risk. Resources include: envelopes that can be used to send up to 8 ounces of unused prescription medication to a compliance company that will dispose of the medication using a safe process and Warn-Me Label Cards and Sheets containing self-stick labels that can be used to inform medical professionals that patients want to discuss the risks of prescribed opioids and possible safer alternatives. 
  • Prescription Drug Community Action Kit This kit is a comprehensive set of tools that includes: strategy guides about how to prevent overdoses and make early interventions for treatment and recovery; a case study of a response; survivor stories from five former addicts; fact sheets for use at home and the workplace; posters and graphics; and informative videos from the medical community.

Now hiring

Employment Opportunities 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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