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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Join us at our upcoming events!


Sign up for Social and Emotional Learning in Practice, our 3-hour SEL basics course, on Sept. 15. Participants who have taken this course say:

"Great presentation! Very informative and useful."

"I appreciate the tangible terms and easy-to-infuse practices for my program — like the charts, worksheet, acronyms, examples we covered." 

If you've already taken this course, or have a solid understanding of SEL basics, consider registering a team of 2-3 staff from your organization for our new, advanced 6-hour workshop, Mapping Social and Emotional Learning in Programs on Oct. 25. Participants who have taken this course say:

"It was very helpful for gaining a new perspective on our program sequence and where our kids are already practicing SEL skills in our program. It was also very useful to create a new visual tool that represents our offering."

"This workshop gives you an opportunity to re-evaluate and re-assess what you currently are doing."

And save the dates for these regional forums!
  • Sept. 22 in Duluth
  • Oct. 20 in Marshall
  • Nov. 15 in St. Cloud
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Skuza. She will discuss why global youth citizenship is important, frame it as an educational approach, and share innovative methods that can help youth workers and educators teach it. Breakout sessions will vary by region. 

Youth: I think we all need a 'thank-you' speech

Do we pay enough attention to youth voice? During the busy summer months and as we wrap up our program year, youth voice is easy to neglect. Anne Stevenson gives her daughter a chance to talk about her experiences as a young person.  Join the Youth Development Insight blog conversation!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Professional development opportunities

courageous heARTS, an arts-based youth center in south Minneapolis, is hosting a bazaar and community gathering on Aug. 6-7, 2016 at 4164 Cedar Ave. S from 10-4 p.m. each day. They are currently seeking emerging youth artists ages 10-25 to sell their work during this event. Baked goods and art supplies will also be for sale to support our donation-based studio and Youth Advisory Board.

Interested in selling your work?
Table fees are $40 for the whole weekend and artists keep all sales. To apply, complete this interest form.




Get Ready to Celebrate Lights On Afterschool! 
Oct 17 - 21 

Ignite Afterschool is excited to announce the statewide theme: Hats Off to Afterschool! Make sure to take part in our statewide light up hat activity courtesy of the Bakken Museum.  What will you do to take your hat off for afterschool?  

What is Lights On Afterschool?
Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool (LoA) is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

How do I get started?
Here’s a few ways to jump-start your LoA event planning:




Community job openings

Project for Pride in Living: Resident Services

Join the Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) AmeriCorps team at PPL! We’re looking for two members with a passion for bringing tech skills and access to people with lower incomes. You’ll provide 1:1 and group tech-based services at housing sites; connect residents to employment, education, and tools needed to reach their career goals!

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