NEWS for Youth Work Professionals

news for youth work professionals

July 2019

News and Announcements

U of M Extension


Youth equity learning cohort: Apply by July 15!

The Youth Equity Learning Cohort is for teams of 2-4 people from organizations that offer out-of-school time youth development programs. It will run for seven months with an opening full-day retreat in September and six monthly 3-hour cohort sessions from October through March. Teams will also engage in a learning experience in the field to observe and analyze equity at the Youth Leadership Initiative at the Wilder Foundation. Further, each organization will receive one technical assistance consultation or check-in meeting and discussion.

Learn more and apply

For questions, contact Nou Yang -, 651-280-2451 or Kate Walker -, 612-624-7988.


Apply Now for the 2019-20 Northstar Fellowship Cohort!

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Join a nine-month professional learning experience designed to engage youth work practitioners in exploration, reflection, and study of issues facing the field of youth work in Minnesota

Develop important leadership skills through critical thinking, interviews, study, writing and reflection that influence policy and practice at the individual, organizational, and systems levels

  • Receive a $500 stipend with successful completion of all fellowship components
  • Engage in professional development and study through a peer network format
  • Connect with local and national youth development leaders
  • Advance your leadership and influence within Minnesota's youth work field 

Learn more and apply now!


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Minnesota Afterschool Policy: 2019 Session Recap



Join Ignite Afterschool's Kari Denissen Cunnien, Rep. Jim Davnie and Rep. Fue Lee for a Facebook Live Event discussing Minnesota's 2019 Legislative Session and Afterschool Policy.

During the FB Live event, Ignite Afterschool will host discussion on policy conversations about afterschool and summer learning at the Capitol, gains in the last session, and steps moving forward. 

How to Participate: RSVP HERE!

Visit Ignite Afterschool’s Facebook page on Friday June 28, 2019, at 12 p.m. CDT. Click on the video, make sure that it is unmuted and turn up the sound. Be sure to tune in.


Find Open Youth Work Positions in a New Bulletin!

Mpls Afterschool Network

The Minneapolis Afterschool Network has published a newsletter that announces open positions in the youth worker field. Read the newsletter to find out how to get the word out about open positions at your organization!

Here is the first edition of the newsletter.

Update your subscriptions, modify your password or email address, or stop subscriptions at any time on your Subscriber Preferences Page. You will need to use your email address to log in. 

Another option is to follow the YCB social networks which post jobs immediately: YCB FACEBOOK & YCB TWITTER


MN Department of Health

Minnesota Department of Health Webinar 

Minnesota Adolescent Mental Well-Being: Are Minnesota Youth Thriving?

Wednesday July 24, 2019 

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Join the Minnesota Department of Health to:

  • Review the newly released data brief on adolescent mental well-being (Click here)
  • Learn more about the mental well-being components in the Minnesota Student Survey
  • Discuss opportunities to capture overall mental well-being among adolescents
  • Consider tangible ways to think about and promote mental well-being in your community
  • Help identify other data questions about mental well-being.  

Click HERE TO REGISTER and mark your calendars.


Pacer Sympposium

Date and Time:

Monday, August 12, 2019
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center

Registration fee is $35. Lunch will be provided.
Administrator and teacher CEU hours will be available.

Click Here to Register


Cooling Options

Hennepin County - Map with Cooling Options

To assist in escaping the heat, view our map that shows cooling options throughout Hennepin County including locations to Salvation Army buildings, libraries, recreation centers, movie theaters, and shopping malls.

Some community or recreation centers may require a fee, or have restricted use and/or limited hours. Always call in advance to inquire.


Training Opportunities

Events, Webinars and Upcoming Training Opportunities

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 11-14 - Free Minds, Free People - Education for Liberation - U of M Campus

July 15 - Question, Persuade, Refer (suicide prevention) - NAMI

July 19 - Leadership Matters - University of Minnesota Extension

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

July 24 -  Recognizing the Early Warning Signs of Mental Illnesses in Children and Adolescents - NAMI

July 25 - Minnesota Educational Equity Edcamp 2019 - Northeast Metro 916 ISD

July 31 -  STAR-Lite Training: Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience - NAZ

August 6 -  Summer Literacy Workshop 2019 - Minnesota Center for Reading Research

Aug 6 or 14 - Engaging Muslim Students in Public Schools - Hamline University

Aug 19 & 20 -  It is All about Relationships: Understanding and Connecting with Adolescents - U of M Whole Learners Program

August 29 - The Intersection of Cultural Competence, Trauma-Informed Care and Behavioral Health: Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Urban Communities - webinar, University of Maryland

Dec 12-13 - Believe It. Build It. Ignite Afterschool Conference


Toolkits, Reports and News Briefs

Tools and Resources

Youth Work Courses - various learning options from University of Minnesota Extension

New Intervention Fact Sheet - Family Centered Treatment - National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Family Communication Styles and Resilience among Adolescents -  National Center for Biotechnology Information

Shifting Mental Models to Advance Systems Change - Recorded Webinar

Alcohol Use by Youth - American Academy of Pediatrics

Exploring Consensus Across Sectors for Measuring the Social Determinants of Health - Public Health Institute

Know the Risks of Marijuana - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities through Policy and Advocacy: A Toolkit for Trauma-Informed, Cross-Sector Networks - The Health Federation of Philadelphia

Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth - videos from National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Early Childhood Mental Health Toolkit - University of Minnesota Extension

Cure Stigma - Series by National Alliance on Mental Illness

2019 Kids Count Data Book - Annie E. Casey Foundation

SEL Toolkit - University of Minnesota Extension

Human Rights and Youth Development - University of Minnesota Extension

National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health - The Trevor Project

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma in Young Children: What we Know and What we Can Do - University of Minnesota 


Youth Opportunities

Youth Events and Opportunities


July 13 or 19 - Kids in the Kitchen (age 5-11) - Eagan HyVee

July 22-25 - STEM: Maker Masters (grade 5-8) - Dowling School

July 24 or Aug 14 -  Girl's Summer Run Series with ivivva by lululemon MOA

Aug 4 - 2019 College Application Workshop for College Inside Track Students

Aug 14 -  The Big Epic Show Live In Shoreview, MN (Free Family Event)


Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

American Red Cross Volunteer for youth age 16+

Donor Ambassador is responsible for greeting and checking in our donors at blood drives. The Red Cross provides all necessary training and orientation. Volunteers get to pick their own schedule on our online calendar. More >> here


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. 

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

Funding Opportunities

Grant Opportunities

Fundraising and Grantseeking Resources - Minnesota Council of Non-Profits

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.

AWARD AMOUNT is $2,000

Application deadline is July 26, 2019.

Grant and application information can be found at:


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