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The NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship, previously known as the Minnesota Walkabout Fellowship, is not a typical class or workshop series. The purpose of the Fellowship is to engage a cohort of experienced youth work practitioners in exploration, reflection, and study to generate more wisdom, language, and leadership in the field of youth work in Minnesota.

Fellows in the 2014-15 cohort will examine rights-based approaches to youth work in Minnesota's past as well as the possible impact of using this approach on current youth work practice. Each of the fellows will frame an inquiry question and spend the year reviewing relevant research and writings; tapping the local wisdom of their professional network; engaging in conversation with local and national leaders in the field; and writing a position paper that will inform systems development and field advancement in Minnesota.

Learn more about the fellowship and download the application. The Fellowship requirements are listed in the Overview document, and include consistent participation, monthly meetings, outside readings, and producing a position paper for publication. There is no cost to you or your organization for the Fellowship, and Fellows will receive a $500 stipend, two University credits (tuition fees apply), books and materials, and extensive contact with local and national field leaders.

The application deadline is July 18, 2014. For questions or more information on the NorthStar Fellowship, contact Sheila Oehrlein at 651-582-8448.

The 2014-15 Fellowship is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education, the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, and Youthprise.

Youth Engagement Matters

Youth are in and out of your programs daily, but how do you know if they're really engaged? What steps are you taking to plan meaningful engagement in to your programming planning? It can be very difficult, so let us help!

Thursday, July 10, 2014
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Brainerd Police Department

This Extension Center for Youth Development training is being offered through YIPA. It is free for YIPA members and $45 for non-YIPA members. This training will count as two CEU hours for most boards. YIPA will provide you with the materials you need to seek approval from your board.


Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters

Examines and develops the concept of creating inclusive youth programs. Participants will explore their own and other cultural identities and examine how these critical elements impact interactions with youth. Also included is a discussion on how a culturally responsive practice creates a sense of belonging and empowerment in young people. Foundations include both lived experience and research.

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Minnwest Technology Campus
Life Center Auditorium, 1800 18th St NE, Willmar

Cost: $45 (includes morning coffee and box lunch)


Youth Work Matters Online

The Youth Work Matters Online course takes an in-depth exploration into the foundational research and theories of positive youth development. It allows participants to interact with other youth development professionals from around the state, region and nation! Activities include synchronized group time and individual exploration.


Introductory week: Jan. 12-18, 2015

Course content: Jan. 19 - Feb. 15, 2015

Live webinars: Dates TBD


$100 (Participants who complete the entire course may receive 2.0 (20 hours) of Continuing Education Units (CEU's) for an additional $10).

Organizations that register five or more people for this course at the same time may receive a group discount of 25%. Contact the course facilitator for the promotion code to be applied at group registration.


Axdahl Farms is looking for people 17+ to work in their garden center. Contact Leslie Axdahl at 651-439-3134 for more information.

Children's Learning Academy is looking for individuals with experience working with children: toddlers (16 months) to school-age (8th graders). This is a temporary position through Saint Paul Public Schools Office of Family Engagement and Community Partnerships.

Hourly rate: $11.50/hour
Duration: Sept. 2014-June 2015 (applications accepted on a rolling basis)

Job duties:

  • To be actively engaged with children's learning and activities.
  • Provide a structured environment with academic focus to promote learning.
  • Provide and ensure the safety of children and staff.
  • Provide a safe, warm and welcoming environment for parents and families.
  • Maintain accurate child check-in/out system with parents/guardians.

  • Age 18 or older
  • Reliable transportation
  • Experience working with children ages toddler (16 months) to school-age (8th graders) in a structured school or childcare setting
  • Complete all required new hire paperwork (including background check) and media release.
  • Complete mandatory in-person orientation and training
  • Preferred certification in infant/child CPR and first aid training
  • Preferred experience with lesson planning, special needs students, and students with behavioral concerns

Contact Colleen Mackey for more information.

Minnesota Alliance With Youth is looking for energetic and passionate individuals to join the team and accepting applications for the following positions:

Engaging Youth in Pop Culture and Renewal, Resilience, and Self Care in the Face of Stress and Trauma

  • Tuesday, July 22
  • 9 a.m. - 12Noon
  • $40 for non-YIPA members; FREE for YIPA members and Youthprise Grantees
  • CEU's available
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $45 for individuals and are as little as $200 for organizations.
  • TIES Building in Falcon Heights (at the intersection of Snelling and Larpenteur Avenue) in the Grand Hall

Dates & locations:
Sept. 22 - Cloquet
Oct. 20 - Maple Grove

Standard registration- $100 ($50 savings from 2013)
Student/AmeriCorps -$60 ($15 savings from 2013)

New Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota Training: The Impact Exchange

The Impact Exchange seeks to create a safe space for an intentional conversation within the mentoring and youth development community about the issues of race, class, and privilege. This is a complex and multi-faceted conversation, but our hope is that by gathering each month and exploring one issue pertaining to race class and privilege in-depth, we will not only engage in critical conversations, but uncover workable solutions for facilitating effective youth-adult relationships.

Date: Second Wednesday of every month beginning May 14, 2014
Time: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: The Banks Building, 615 First Ave. NE, first floor board room, Minneapolis
Cost: $10 per session OR $60 for the full series of eight sessions. Free parking.

More information

More than 300 people came together at TCF Stadium in Minneapolis and online from throughout Minnesota and the U.S. to take part in our public symposium, Social and Emotional Learning: Assess it to address it. If you weren't able to attend, or if you'd like to view the presentations again, we've posted recordings and slides from the symposium on our website, where you can also find an impressive library of recordings from past speakers. We've also begun posting shorter segments of recorded presentations on our YouTube channel.

What would you like to know about social and emotional learning? We are planning our future symposia and your want input. Please take this quick four-question survey and help shape the conversation!

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