NEWS for Youth Work Professionals

news for youth work professionals

August 2019

News and Announcements

Care Fellowship

CARE Fellowship - Deadline for Application is August 9th


The CARE Public Policy Fellowship aims to provide early childhood development and school-age care professionals an opportunity to connect the dots between early childhood development and school-age care public policy and the daily work of caring for and supporting children and families. Over 200 individuals from throughout Minnesota have graduated from the CARE Fellowship since 2006.

Participants will learn how they can be effective advocates for the early childhood and afterschool fields when engaging and educating policymakers at all levels of government. Advocacy is about changing the conversation and defining the debate. Participants will learn how to use their voice and share their story to impact change.

Apply for CARE Fellowship


RFP for Youth Intervention Programs Grant

Public Safety

The Minnesota Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Department of Public Safety, is requesting proposals to fund Youth Intervention Programs (YIP). YIP grants are designed to meet the goals specified under Minnesota Statute §299A.73: “[YIP is] an early intervention, nonresidential, community-based program providing advocacy, education, counseling, mentoring, and referral services to youth and their families experiencing personal, familial, school, legal, or chemical problems with the goal of resolving the present problems and preventing the occurrence of problems in the future.”

Applications are due August 16, 2019

See RFP here



NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship Deadline August 16

The NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship is 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.

Apply for the 2019-20 program cohort.  Earn a $500 stipend with successful completion of fellowship components. 

Learn more and apply here.


Youth and Family Homeless Prevention Services

Homeless prevention

Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) is a resource for single adults, youth, and families that aims to stabilize households at risk of becoming homeless. As of July 1st, 2019 there are 3 agencies in Hennepin County that are contracted to provide this service: Catholic Charities, St. Stephens Human Services, and the YMCA. The flyer below lists contact information: 



Alison Bey

Meet Alison Bey of PYC

Alison Bey joined PYC Arts & Technical High School in North Minneapolis on April 8th as the coordinator for a new program, Learners to Leaders in Education (LLE). The LLE program works with all the Contract Alternative Program (CAP) high schools in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The goal of the new program is to recruit CAP students who are interested in teaching and youth work careers and help them explore the many different pathways to careers in education and working with kids.

Alison is planning a course that will pilot this Fall 2019 to introduce students to the basic principles and practices of teaching and youth work. As part of this course, students will be expected to complete field experience, as volunteers, interns or paid employees. They will bring their diverse experiences back to the classroom for reflection. The students will continue on this Career Pathway through the rest of the school year, and hopefully through the summer months as well.

Alison is working hard to form partnerships and build awareness of the program throughout the Twin Cities, including to make connections with potential sites for field experiences. If you have an opportunity at your organization, or simply want to learn more about the LLE program, contact Alison: or 612-607-4402 (call or text).



recast map

ReCAST Connect Provider Map

ReCAST Minneapolis invites you to connect with community cultural healers - individuals from a particular culture and/or ethnic group whose work is rooted in traditional practices as sources of healing and resiliency, rather than western scientific practices alone - or a mental health provider - professionals who provide therapeutic treatment.

Community cultural healers use some of these strategies: meditation, prayer, smudging, using herbs and spices, using essential oils, using traditional medicines, mind-body practices, etc.

View the map and find a provider,


Social and Emotional Learning Workshops offered by University of Minnesota Extension

U of M Extension

The University of Minnesota Extension SEL training suite will help you design programs to support SEL, recognize and respond to unexpected opportunities to learn and practice SEL skills, and apply resources and activities from our recently updated SEL Toolkit (see below).

SEL in Practice is our foundation workshop. Participants will develop strategies to introduce SEL opportunities and growth into their program. Sept 26.

Responsive Practices to Support SEL focuses on being more intentional about how we respond in the moment to SEL skill-building opportunities. Oct 3.

Mapping SEL in Youth Programs helps program teams develop a deeper understanding of how their existing program design aligns with SEL skill building. Oct 11.

Leadership Matters explores youth work management, leadership skills, and provides intentional strategies targeted to youth work practice. Sept 30.


Training Opportunities

Events, Webinars and Upcoming Training Opportunities

August 7 - De-escalation Part 1 - People Incorporated Training

August 8 - Organizational Management of Burnout and Secondary Trauma - YIPA

August 12 - PACER Symposium - Minneapolis Convention Center

August 13 - Mental Health Training for Youth Arts Nonprofits - Youth Performance Company

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

August 15 - Believing and Realizing the College Dream - ECMC, Urban Ventures

August 16 - CyberCivics - Creating thoughtful, ethical and smart digital citizens - Clockwork

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

August 22 - Motivational Interviewing 1: Mechanics & Processes - People Incorporated

August 27 - Mental Well-being and Resilience Learning Community - DHS

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

September 12 - Calming Challenging Behavior - YIPA

September 21 - Hope for Recovery - NAMI

September 26 - Youth Mental Health First Aid - Fairview Community Health



believe it Build it confernce

Register for the Ignite AfterSchool Conference December 12-13

Register Now: Believe It, Build It Conference 2019 

Dec. 12th-13th (St. Paul, MN)

Register Now for Believe It, Build It Conference 2019

If you have questions regarding the status or submission of your workshop proposal, please contact


U of M Extension

Youth Equity Learning Series:  Save the Dates!

We are excited to announce our Youth Equity Learning Series! This series of workshops is framed around five strategies to advance equity in youth programs. These monthly sessions will feature local youth and youth workers, and be held in community spaces on 2019-20 school release days. 

We'll open registration closer to each event, so please save these dates:

  • Oct. 25: Holistic Justice in STEM: From the Individual to the Collective, Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center.
  • Nov. 15: Sankofa in Me: Teaching for Liberation when Stories of Oppression are All We Know, Arts Us.
  • Jan. 17: Youth Participatory Action Research and Data Justice, YOUthROC and others.
  • Feb. 18-19: Youth as Facilitative Leaders Training, Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth.
  • Mar 6: TBD (possibly a panel of institutions that are operationalizing youth equity).
  • Apr 10: Re-imagining Youth Worker Roles to Advance Youth Equity, Wilder’s Youth Leadership Initiative, the Youth Equity Cohort (see above), and more!

This series is funded by the Howland Family Endowment for Youth Leadership Development, and led by a team of young people and youth workers representing Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth, Hennepin County Library, Science Museum of Minnesota’s Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center, the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and Wilder Foundation's Youth Leadership Initiative.

While this series is being hosted in the metro area, we are committed to hosting equity learning sessions through our regional forums across Minnesota. We are seeking youth programs and practitioners doing amazing work to advance equity. If you have suggestions for local presenters or topics for your region, please email Kate Walker at


Toolkits, Reports and News Briefs

Tools and Resources

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

Money as you Grow - Youth Financial Literacy Tools - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Why does multiculturalism matter for youth leadership? - Wilder Foundation

Shifting Mental Models to Advance Systems Change -  recorded webinar

Mental Health Prevention for Adolescents - Pediatrics

Guidance to States and School Systems on Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in Schools - SAMSA

Ensuring Safety, Permanency, and Well-Being for Transgender Youth - NACAC

Reflections on Running a College Match Program for low income students - MDRC

PTSD Resource Toolkit - First Responders First

Back to School Resource List for School Personnel - NCTSN


Youth Opportunities

Youth Events and Opportunities


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

Aug 17 - Starry Trek 2019 - MN Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Youth Volunteers to Review YIP Grant Applications

Office of Justice Programs are seeking volunteers to review YIP grant applications and they are especially looking for young adults (19-25) to help with this process. 

More information and application here

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

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