NEWS for Youth Work Professionals

news for youth work professionals

October 2019

News and Announcements

mfg day

Discover Minneapolis Manufacturing - October 4

High School Student Tours from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We are opening our doors on Manufacturing Day to show our community what manufacturing really looks like. Tour Unison Comfort Technologies & H&B Elevators. In addition, the Big Ideas Inc. training trailer will be onsite!

Register Here


Native Job Fair

Native American College Fair - October 4, 2019

The Native American College Fair, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.on October 4, 2019 at the Northstar Ballroom (2017 Buford Avenue  St. Paul, MN 55108). This event provides a setting in which youth can have meaningful conversations with representatives about college life, courses and admission & financial aid requirements. 

Additional information and updates can be found on the Facebook page.



mpls foundation

Capacity-building Grants - Due Oct 23

The Minneapolis Foundation is pleased to announce a special grant opportunity focused on increasing organizational capacity in order to drive change and deepen impact. We recognize the significant contributions that are made by organizations and leaders in the social sector across our communities. We also recognize the importance of strategic investments to support a broad spectrum of tools and infrastructure that can promote effectiveness in both small and larger organizations. We will consider requests for funding to increase your organization's effectiveness in the following areas:

  • Organizational Capacity   
  • Fundraising
  • Evaluation
  • Communication
  • Leadership (Including Sabbaticals)

All applications must be submitted online by the deadline at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23. All applicants will be notified of our decisions by December 15, 2019.

Learn more here



New Step Up Recruitment and Engagement Manager - Brooke Roper!

The City of Minneapolis Step Up Youth Employment Program has hired Brooke Roper to serve as the new Step Up Recruitment and Engagement Manager.

Previously to this position, Brooke worked as the Administrator for the African American Leadership Forum (AALF),supporting their operations, programs, events, logistics, and assisting with the expansion of the organization. She has 10+ years working with youth serving organizations such as the YMCA, Youth Link, The Link (Juvenile Supervision Center), Avenues for Homeless Youth, Omegon Treatment Facility, Leo A. Hoffman Center, Hennepin County, and Minneapolis Park Boards. As an undergraduate, Brooke studied Criminal Justice, and earned a Graduate Nonprofit Management and Leadership Certificate from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Additionally, Brooke holds a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Youth Development and Leadership, and an Equity and Diversity Certificate from the University of Minnesota.

Brooke is excited to apply her leadership skills to her new role, and to network and connect with new people!

Learn more about Step Up here.


Find Youth Resources on the Hennepin County Website

Hennepin County

Hennepin County has updated their website to add a Youth Resources section. This dedicated page has resources for young people aged 14-26 to assist their transition to adulthood. It includes resources that Hennepin County offers to residents and a broad array of community assets. 

Learn more about the Hennepin County Youth Resources website.


Uof M Learning Lab

Professional Development Opportunities

Practicing Awareness and Choice in Your Everyday Youth Work

Youth Work – (Y)Our Everyday Theory

YPQA Basics

YPQA Reliability For External Assessors

Tell Me Your World: the Daily Lives of Young People


Training Opportunities

Events, Webinars and Upcoming Training Opportunities

October 2 - Social Activism in Youth Work - YIPA

October 10 - Mental Health 101 for Cultural Communities - NAMI

October 11 - Culturally Responsive Mental Health Summit - MACMHP

October 21 - Tools to Support Emotional Regulation & Anxiety in Young Children - NAMI

October 23 - Supporting Trauma Experienced Youth - YIPA

October 25 -Youth Mental Health First Aid - NAMI

October 28-29 - Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Conference - Coon Rapids

October 30 - STAR-Lite Training - Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience

November 2 - 2019 NAMI Minnesota State Conference: Advancing Equity - NAMI


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


Toolkits, Reports and News Briefs

Tools and Resources

 Resource: Community Engagement Toolkit

 Resource: Facilitating Intentional Group Learning: A Practical Guide to 21 Learning Activities

 Video: Confronting Power Dynamics and Engaging the Community's Voice in Collective Impact

 Blog: Collective Impact in Neighborhood Revitalization Part 1: Engagement and Building Trust

 Resource: Principles of Authentic Community Engagement (MDH)

 Report: Principles of Community Engagement (CDC)

 Resource: Library for Advancing Health Equity in Public Health (MDH)

 Video: Intergenerational Animated Video  (Healing Foundation)

 Video: Under the Surface - Empathy Film  (Austin Wideman)

 Blog:  Unsticking Stuck Mental Models: Adventures in Systems Change

 Webinar:  Secondary Traumatic Stress: Understanding the Impact of Trauma Work on Professionals

Report: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma in young children


Youth Opportunities

Youth Events and Opportunities

Awaken the Leader

This year’s youth-led conference will focus on Running your Race. Get guidance to create a path that will benefit your life, connect with resources to achieve success, amplify your voice by coming together with other youth leaders, and discuss your interests, experiences and concerns in a safe space.

Saturday, November 16
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota- Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Register Here


YouthBuild: Now Enrolling

Join YouthBuild to achieve your GED or High School Diploma while gaining leadership skills and hands-on construction training.

Participants receive a weekly stipend while going through training!

YouthBuild Eligibility:

  • Youth ages 16-24
  • Not currently enrolled in school and looking to obtain a GED/High School Diploma
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Available Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

To learn more, Contact YouthBuild at (612) 424-1050 or email   

Class starts October 21st!  Complete an eligibility screening today!

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 - Back to School!

We have resources available online and at all our libraries to help K-12 students with history, language arts, math, science and more. To discover all the different homework resources, visit our Homework help page.

Tutors online

Students in grades 3-12 can receive free one-to-one live online tutoring assistance every day of the week from 1-11 p.m. (with their library card) in English or in Spanish. For details, see Tutors online. 

Tutors at the library

Do you have students who could benefit from extra tutoring or mentoring support after school? The K-12 Homework Help program is a free in-person tutoring program offered at 13 Hennepin County Library locations. Trained tutors work one-on-one or in small groups with students to support them in completing their assignments as they learn in a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment. No advance sign-up needed. For locations and times, see the Tutors at the library schedule.  

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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