NEWS for Youth Work Professionals

news for youth work professionals

April 2019

News and Announcements

National Afterschool Assn

Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week

The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board is joining with the National AfterSchool Association to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs during "Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week" April 22-26, 2019.

We are joining the effort because we believe Afterschool professionals make a difference in the lives of young people. We encourage you to join us in thanking the afterschool professionals in your life. Here are some ideas on how you can show your appreciation:

  • Declare on social media: "I believe Afterschool professionals make a difference in the lives of young people. #heartofafterschool"
  • Give a hand-written card from you and/or your child to the afterschool professional in your life.
  • Send an email to an afterschool professional's supervisor describing why that person is appreciated.
  • Make treats for the staff at your afterschool program.

For more resources and information check out


Youth Violence Prevention Week Events


The City of Minneapolis joins a national public education effort by participating in its fifth annual Youth Violence Prevention Week. Activities and events March 30-April 6 will call attention to the issue of youth violence, identify strategies to combat this public health epidemic and promote the positive roles young people and adults can play in making their communities and schools safer.

A diverse array of youth-oriented activities includes a pop-up recording session, basketball tournaments, art, dance, a girls’ symposium and personal safety workshops.

Find details in the 2019 Youth Violence Prevention Week event list.

Blueprint Approved Institute RFA Released

The Blueprint Approved Institute 2019 RFA has been released here. This is a capacity building institute to strengthen community-based agencies ability to deliver effective, community-driven violence prevention work.


Ward Meeting

YCB is Co-Hosting Youth Led Ward Meetings - Youth needed to attend and share ideas!

The Youth Coordinating Board is co-hosting youth-led ward meetings in each of Minneapolis’s city council wards with the Minneapolis Youth Congress and elected officials from the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County. The ward meetings are intended for a youth audience (around 13-18 years old), and are a valuable opportunity for youth to share their ideas and experiences with local decisionmakers. Youth will help develop a set of recommendations that will go in the final Youth Master Plan that we will put in front of the Youth Coordinating Board’s board for approval in August. The Youth Master Plan seeks to make Minneapolis the best city for youth and children, and will encourage collaboration across city, county, school, and parks systems in accordance with the voices of youth in our city. Below is a list of ward meetings coming up in April. Visit for a full list of ward meetings.

Ward 2—Council Member Cam Gordon

Monday, April 8, 2019 from 5:30-7pm

Matthews Recreation Center, 2318 S 29th Avenue

Ward 5—Council Member Jeremiah Ellison

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 5:30-7pm

North Commons Park, 1801 N James Avenue

Ward 6—Council Member Abdi Warsame

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 5:30-7pm

Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center, 505 15th Avenue S

Ward 7—County Commissioners Irene Fernando and Marion Greene

Monday, April 22, 2019 from 5:30-7pm


Ward 8—Council Member Andrea Jenkins

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 5:30-7pm

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Avenue S

Ward 9—Council Member Alondra Cano

Monday, April 15, 2019 from 5:30-7pm

Powderhorn Recreation Center, 3400 15th Avenue S

Ward 10—Council President Lisa Bender

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 5:30-7pm

Whittier Recreation Center, 425 W 26th Street

Ward 12—Council Member Andrew Johnson

Friday, April 26, 2019 from 10:55am-12pm

Roosevelt High School, 4029 S 28th Avenue (Room To Be Announced)

Ward 13—Council Member Linea Palmisano

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 6-7:30pm

Southwest High School, 3414 W 47th Street


Minneapolis College

Autism at Work - Call for Agencies to Exhibit

April 27 from 10am -2pm

Minneapolis College

Minneapolis College is hosting a Career Expo geared toward individuals with Autism Spectrum DisorderThis holistic community event will feature panels, workshops/trainings, an open resume lab, community resource fair, and job fair. 

Event Flyer >> here

Anthony Goettl is in charge of attaining employers and community organizations for tabling. Attached is the marketing flyer and below are the links to the event website, attendee registration, and employer registration. This is a free event, to everyone, and includes lunch and parking. They are actively seeking sponsors, so please let Anthony know if that is of interest to your team/organization.  

Autism at Work Career Expo Employer Registration

Minneapolis College Autism at Work Career Expo Website

Minneapolis College Autism at Work Career Expo Attendee Registration Link


Events, Webinars and Upcoming Training Opportunities

Training Opportunity

April 12 - SEL in Practice - U of M Extension

April 18-19 -  Trauma Sensitive Schools - the Origins Program

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

April 24 - From High School to Apprenticeship - MN Dept of Labor and Industry

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

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

May 4 - STEM Super Saturday - MN Association for the Education of Young Children

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

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

June 26 - Gender Literacy for Inclusive Youth Work - Live Online Training - YIPA



Tools and Resources

Toolkits, Reports and News Briefs

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

SEL Training Suite  - U of M Extension

Our Ground Our Voices. - Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) brief focuses on the systems of power that underlie structural barriers and block young women of color from achieving economic justice.

Investing in Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning.  - Wallace Foundation report provides guidance to educators on how to assess local social and emotional learning needs. 

Juvenile Probation Transformation.  - Urban Institute report examines ways to re-envision probation—as a focused intervention that promotes positive behavior change and long-term success for youth who pose public safety risks. 

Lessons from Embedding Gender Equity in Our Work - FSG

Benefits of Treatment Completion Over Premature Termination: Findings from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network - NCTSN 

A Redesigned Training Program for New Teachers -MDRC


Youth Events and Opportunities

Youth Opportunities
Full Cycle

Bike Mechanic Paid Internships

Full Cycle offers internship opportunities for homeless and street-dependent youth ages 23 and under. These paid internships require a commitment of 10 hours per week for three months and are meant to be an introduction to mechanics as well as an opportunity to learn and practice the skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment.  Our goal is to help young people gain opportunities, skills, and confidence to lessen the barriers in the way of obtaining steady employment. Prior mechanic or job experience not necessary. 

Download the application >> here


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.   

More >> Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 31st Annual Student Essay Contest  

Hennepin County Library 

JobCorps Training Program 

Do you work with any young people ages 16-24?  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

Employment Opportunities for Adults

Now Hiring

Featured Listings:

*Job Opening - Director of School Based Programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Twin Cities is open and posted. Opportunity to grow size and impact of this area of our work at a time of big transformation for BBBS.

Details >>


*Job Opening - Outdoor Leaders for the summer season through Wilderness Inquiry

Details >> 

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 


funding opportunity

Competitive Grant Opportunity - Federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers - Cohort 8

The Minnesota Department of Education is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program. Funding is available to support the creation or expansion of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for young people, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.  More info >> here

Please visit the Grant Opportunity webpage and scroll down to this grant opportunity for the application documents. The application must be received by April 19, 2019 by 3:30 pm Central Time.


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