NEWS for Youth Work Professionals

news for youth work professionals

June 2019

News and Announcements

Opportunity to Pilot a New Youth Survey on Relationships

search institute

The goal of this project is to provide schools and other youth-serving organizations with practical and actionable data, and to promote the intentional use of data to enhance staff practice and achieve better youth outcomes. Search Institute’s most recent studies show that when developmental relationships are in place, young people's educational, social, and emotional outcomes are higher and risk behaviors such as smoking, drinking, and violence are lower. The data provided by this survey will help organizations understand how it can be more effective in building relationships with youth and strengthening SEL competencies. 

Schools and organizations that serve young people ages 10-18 are invited to pilot the survey at no cost in Fall 2019 (between September and January). Each participating school or organization will receive an organization-specific report and guidance on how to use the data.

More details about the project can be found on the Search Institute’s website. If providers have any questions or if would like to talk with someone directly about how this pilot might fit with the work they're doing, please email If interested and ready to sign up, organizations can complete the brief application found here

More >> here  

The survey is a core component of Search Institute's Measuring What Matters project, made possible thanks to the financial support of the Whitney and Elizabeth Macmillan Foundation. 



Professional Development Opportunity

Becoming a Peacemaker Training

Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM - to - Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM (CDT)

Minneapolis Little Earth United Tribes Minneapolis, MN 55404

Please RSVP using Eventbrite to attend Becoming a Peacemaker Training: a mandatory six session (26 hour) training to become Certified in Peacemaking.

Register >> here


Register for Ignite Afterschool Conference December 12-13.

Believe it Buiild it


Ignite Afterschool’s Believe It Build It Conference 2019 on December 12th & 13th in St. Paul, MN will offer a variety of sessions, trainings, and more featuring the following themes:

  • Workforce,Youth Employment, and STEM
  • SEL (Social-Emotional-Learning)
  • Health & Wellness

Register Now on Eventbrite. For questions, please contact  


Grant Opportunities

funding opportunities

American Public Works Association - 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 education, 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, ability to introduce new individuals to the field of public works and its opportunities, and overall effectiveness of the organization to achieve the Diversity Grant objective.

AWARD AMOUNT is $2,000

Application deadline is July 26, 2019.

Additional grant and application information can be found at


The Sundance Family Foundation Grant


Grant applications for funding youth social entrepreneurship programs and supportive housing programs are due June 11, 2019.

Visit the Sundance website for complete details. 


funding opportunity

Up to $20,000 for out-of-school time educators working with kids & parents - Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award

Do you know a fantastic educator who goes above and beyond to engage not just the student, but also families, in learning?

The National Center for Families Learning is seeking applicants for the 2019 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year competition, which will provide up to $20,000 to school or community-based educators who have a demonstrated record of success using two-generation strategies, involving multiple generations in the learning process. Applications are due by June 14

More >> here


Events, Webinars and Upcoming Training Opportunities

Training Opportunity



June 7 - NorthStar Youth Work Fellowship Presentation

June 12 - Considering the Whole Person: Contexts for LGBTQ People of Color Mental and Behavioral Health Treatment - webinar 

June 12 - Pathways to High-Quality Jobs for Young Adults - webinar

June 12-13 - Nurturing the Northland: Adverse Childhood Experiences Conference - Duluth

June 20-21 - 11th Annual Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing Conference

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

June 26 - High School Financial Planning Program Instructor Training - St Paul

July 10 - Design Thinking for Dynamic Youth Work  - Live Online Training - YIPA

July 11-12 - 5th African Mental Health Summit - Minneapolis Institute of Art

July 22-23 - Stand Against Child Abuse - Building Teams for Hope and Healing - Duluth



Tools and Resources

Toolkits, Reports and News Briefs

Children Living with Parents Who Have a Substance Use Disorder -SAMSA

Impact Newsletter - The National Child Traumatic Stress Network 

Family History: An Opportunity to Disrupt Transmission of Behavioral Health Problems

Diabetes-Related Emotional Distress Over Time - Pediatrics Perspective

Cure Violence - Model that treats gun violence like a public health problem

Linking Childhood Trauma Exposure to Adolescent Justice Involvement: The Concept of Post traumatic Risk‐Seeking - Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice

Youth Suicide Prevention Resources - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

LGBTQ Youth Homelessness 101 - online training 

Tips for Teens Fact Sheets - Substance Abuse prevention by SAMSA



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


Hennepin County Library - Summer Learning

To learn and have fun all summer long, youth can:

  • Review a book and win a free book. Kids can write or draw a review to enter Read Write Draw, and teens can review books to enter Best Book Ever
  • Attend fun, educational library programs related to reading, writing, art, science, music, and movement.
  • Join a book club. 
  • Spend time at the library pursuing individual learning and interests and making connections with caring adults and peers. 

Our Summer Learning dates are Sunday, June 9 through Saturday, Aug 24. Visit our summer learning page for all the information you need:

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

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 in Minneapolis for children and young adults ages 5-21.

YouthLink Opportunity Center Calendar

2019 Youth Employment and Opportunity Guide

Employment Opportunities for Adults

Now Hiring


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 


Hiawatha Academies


YMCA Twin Cities  

U of M Extension 



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