NEWS for Youth Work Professionals

news for youth work professionals

March 2019

News and Announcements


We need your input - take survey before March 6!

The City has approved the creation of an Office of Violence Prevention (OVP). The OVP will coordinate the City’s violence prevention work and support community and partner efforts. The OVP will also manage a Violence Prevention Fund to spend on community-led activities/strategies for concretely addressing violence in Minneapolis. This is where you come in! We'd like your input on how the budget for the Violence Prevention Fund should be spent. If you can, I'd love to hear and understand your vision for a violence-free Minneapolis, and how to accomplish that so we can ensure that the money is spent in ways that residents want.

This should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Feel free to share this link with others in our community. The survey closes on March 6th!


Invitation for Youth to give their input on Minneapolis’ Youth Master Plan


The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board (YCB) is co-hosting 13 youth-led ward meetings in each of Minneapolis’s City Council wards with MYC and City Council members. The ward meetings are intended for a youth audience, and are a valuable opportunity for youth to share their ideas and experiences with local decisionmakers. Youth will help develop a set of recommendations to go into the final Youth Master Plan report that we will put before the YCB board for approval in August 2019. The Youth Master Plan seeks to make Minneapolis the best city for youth and children, and will promote coordinated strategies across city, county, school, and park systems in accordance with youth input. For more information and a complete list of ward meetings, visit .


MN Alliance for Youth

Join the Minnesota Youth Council!

Calling all Minnesota 7th - 11th Graders and Adult Partners!

Applications to join the Minnesota Youth Council in 2019-2020 are now open! Young people- share your voices and leadership! The Minnesota Youth Council is a group of youth amplifying the power and voice of young people in our state, supporting their peers as agents of change around education and education equity. Both Youth Member [8-12th grade during the 2019-2020 school year] and Adult Partner [18+] applications are open until until April 15th at midnight. 

Youth Member Application

Adult Partner Application

Questions or trouble signing up for a phone interview? Contact Bailey


2019 UROC Summer Resource Fair Vendor Invitation


UROC is hosting a summer fair with members of the Community Affairs Leadership Roundtable and residents of North Minneapolis.  The goal is to share summer program and scholarship opportunities with parents and students.  The day will include door prizes, youth performances and a host of programs that will keep youth busy this summer.

The fair will run from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 30, 2019.  This is free and open to the public.

Will you be able to attend?  If so please complete this registration information.

If you have any questions, please contact Johneva Davis: with SRF 2019 Vendor in the subject line or 612-626-8762.



Please join us for the “Earn and Learn Career Expo”

Saturday, March 30th 

Minneapolis College

9 a.m. – noon!

 Minneapolis College is located at 1501 Hennepin Avenue South, on a bus line.  Parking is available and free of charge!

More info >> here

Register online at

“Earn and Learn Expo” guests meet employers who provide on-the-job training, industry-driven certifications, customized and contextualized training, internships, and tuition reimbursement. All employers are recruiting for immediate openings.

The Earn and Learn Expo offers an outstanding experience for youth groups and organizations, youth-serving professionals, students and their support networks, etc. This event is geared toward youth and young adults, ages 16-22.

If your organization is interested in exhibiting at this event. please contact Marie at

Check out this exciting video on Wunderkammers on the Sundance Family Foundation’s  website:



New Service Locator 

Hennepin Waypoint 

Here is the link to a  new tool that helps link participants to services. Hennepin Waypoint is a website that connects people experiencing homelessness or extreme financial hardship to services they need.

Your agency can be added to this website – scroll down to Service providers – register to add services.




NAMI Minnesota will present a day of free classes to educate parents, caregivers, and professionals and provide resources on ways to help youth achieve physical and mental wellness. Free lunch, educational materials and a film will be available to all attendees. 

Event Details:

  • Location: Central High School, 275 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul, MN 55104
  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Lunch will be provided. Resource tables and a film screening of “Mental Health Crisis Planning for Families” will also be available during this time.
  • For information, contact Caroline Ludy at 651-645-2948 ext. 135 or See REGISTRATION links below.


Morning Sessions: 9:00-11:00 a.m.:


Afternoon Sessions: 12:00-2:00 p.m.:


Training Opportunities

Events, Webinars and Upcoming Training Opportunities

March 7 - LEAP Career Conference - Minneapolis College

March 7 - April 4 Leadership Matters: The online course  - U of M Extension

March 14 - Transforming Adverse Childhood Experiences - YIPA Online Training

March 14&15 - Strong Schools, Strong Communities Conference - Resilience Impact

March 20  - STEM-tacular Science Activities webinar - U of M Extension

April 4 - Youth DO Have Rights! -YIPA Online Training

April 12 - SEL in Practice - U of M Extension

April 19 - Mapping SEL in Youth Programs  -U of M Extension

May 2&3 - Hope & Healing for Youth and Families - Evergreen Annual Conference

May 1-15 -  Youth Engagement Matters - U of M Extension

May 9&10 - Leadership Matters  - U of M Extension

May 22 - Design Thinking for Dynamic Youth Work - YIPA Online Training

U og M

Professional Identities in Youth Work

When:  March 13 and March 20 from 9-12

Where:  U of MN St. Paul Campus - Student Center (Room 202)

Fee: $75.00



Each of us has a range of personal beliefs and attitudes that we carry with us to our work.  The question is, do they weave together with our professional expectations or work against them? Developing a professional identity allows us to examine our personal and professional selves and find a balance between the two. During this workshop, we will explore and articulate our working philosophies and see how they impact our youth work practices. 


Tell Me Your World: the Daily Lives of Young People

When:  April 3 and April 10 from 9-12

Where:  U of MN St. Paul Campus - Peters Hall (Room 280) 

Fee: $75.00



Relationships are at the heart of youth work.  To build a relationship with a young person we must uncover what their daily life is like.  Knowing youth differently in this way is a value held by many youth workers, but often challenging to do in busy programs.  From the world around us, we also have a host of ideas about “youth” that shape how we perceive, approach and work with youth in communities.  Spend time exploring how we think about and construct the idea of “youth”, and how to work to humanize and individualize young people in their particular and social and political context.  Connect theory to your own experiences of how you talk and “see” young people in ways that constantly challenge your perceptions.   Learn from others new ways to learn more about the youth we spend time with each day. 


Youth Events and Program Opportunities


Youth Opportunities
Student Essay Contest

Deadline is April 19 for Student Essay Contest!

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 31st Annual Student Essay Contest  

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is asking students in its 31st annual essay contest to use economics to describe and defend an effective immigration policy. Compass could be a great resource for student writers, especially if they are looking for trends in immigration, the economy, or the workforce. The contest is open to all high school students in the Ninth Federal Reserve District.  Essays due April 19, 2019.   Learn more.

Hennepin County Library 

JobCorps Training Program 

Do you work with any young people ages 16-24 who are looking to start 2019 on the right foot?  The Job Corps Training Program could be the first step to a bright future for many young people looking to make a positive change in their lives. We are enrolling new students every week!

Benefits of Job Corps:

  1.  Free Job Training (trade choices:  Culinary, Construction, Certified Nursing Assistant,        Sign and Display, Paint and Wallpaper, Office Administration, Medical Office Support)
  2.  Free room and board
  3. Academic support to complete HSD/GED
  4. Free driver’s education classes

There are many more benefits to attending Job Corps! 

Flyer >> here


tools and resources

.Social and Emotional Learning in Practice: A Toolkit of Practical Strategies and Resources 

This toolkit—developed as a companion to our SEL training suite—includes activities, templates and tools organized around four ways to help support staff and youth in SEL. It was designed primarily for those working with youth in middle school, but with small changes the activities can be used for other age groups too.

Urgent and Emerging Issues in Prevention in the United States

National Drug Control Strategy: A Report by the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Suicide – and a Reflection on Our Changing American Society

Struggling with Addiction? Tips on Finding Quality Treatment

Substance Use + Mental Health in Teens & Young Adults: Your Guide to Recognizing & Addressing Co-occurring Disorders.

Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence 

Huddle Up For Healthy Relationships Materials Toolkit

New Study Finds Two-Thirds of California Teens Experience Dating Violence

Relationship Dynamics and Teen Dating Violence

Teen Dating Violence

5 Early Warning Signs of Dating Violence

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

Preventing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices


Now hiring

Employment Opportunities for Adults

Ignite Afterschool: Strategy Manager for Policy & Network Evaluation

This full-time position will be an employee of Ignite Afterschool. 50% of this position will be contracted by Ignite Afterschool’s partner, Sprockets - Saint Paul’s Out-of-School-Time network.

Click here for position description.

Apply: Submit resume and cover letter via email to with subject line “Application: Policy & Network Evaluation”.

All applications must be received by 11:59pm on Sunday March 10th, 2019.


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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