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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Culturally Responsive Youth Work is coming to Brainerd!

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 9 a.m. - 12noon

How aware are you of your own culture? How about others? When you’re working with youth, it is crucial that you are able to recognize cultural differences and respond to them appropriately.

With a foundation in the book Working with Differences in Communities by Ann C. Schauber, this workshop will provide intercultural perspective and explore skills for inclusive and empowering youth programming.  We will explore our own personal cultural identify and perspective, define culture, review positive youth development, and discuss intercultural skills.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize your own cultural perspective and social identity
  • Develop skills for building intercultural relationships
  • Explore ways to make youth programming more inclusive and empowering

Presenters: Heidi Haugen and Margo Herman

FREE for YIPA members
$60 for non-YIPA members

Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and are as little as $200 for organizations. Join or learn more.

This training will count as three CEU hours for most boards. YIPA will provide you with the materials you need to seek approval from your board.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Quality Matters Online: A Self-Study

As you move into summer programming, consider this basics course for part-time staff, volunteers or new staff joining organizations that are focused on improving quality. Participants will learn about the essential components of a high-quality youth program and how to create environments that are positive places for young people to develop. The course consists of seven modules that take between 15 and 40 minutes each. Register and learn more. 

Publishing Opportunity for Youth Workers

Youth Today Out-of-School Time Hub is looking for short pieces on the following:

  • Program Quality
  • Family engagement
  • Evaluation
  • Professional development
  • School-community relationships 
  • And many other OST related topics 

The new online resource will accept a range of formats including essays, photo-essays, blogs and podcasts. Of particular interest: practitioners writing about their work for the Voices from the Field section as well as case studies of programs. Also looking for commentary and op eds for the newspaper, Youth Today. If interested, or for more information, send an email to Sara Hill.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Community job openings

NYLC (National Youth Leadership Council) and Minnesota Alliance with Youth : 3 positions

The National Youth Leadership Council is a national non-profit whose mission is to create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world with young people, their schools and communities through service-learning.

CONECT: Program coordinator

CONECT (Community Organizations Networking Collaboratively Together) at Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners in Plymouth is hiring a program coordinator who would be responsible for planning, managing, and evaluating programming centered around community building and youth success in one of the low-income CONECT sites that we serve.

More information

AmeriCorps: Summer Youth Corps Leaders

22 young adult crew leaders are hired for three months this summer to co-lead crews of 6 high-school youth for a month at a time.

More information and apply

Program Manage at Venture North

Venture North is a bike and coffee shop with a mission to build a community where everyone is safe and everyone belongs. Venture North is a project of Redeemer Center for Life, a community organization dedicated to investing in our neighbors so all are encouraged to grow, thrive and contribute to their fullest potential.


Professional development opportunities

Ignite Afterschool hosting meetings statewide

Ignite Afterschool is holding 3 regional meetings across the state to advance afterschool opportunities and drive the work of our network.

Along with connecting with fellow youth workers, each meeting will include:

  • Lunch or light snacks
  • Introduction to Believe It. Build It. – Minnesota’s Guide to Effective Afterschool Practices, and discussion on how to best put it to use for stakeholders in your region.
  • Update and next steps on statewide afterschool funding legislation
  • Building and connecting afterschool program providers to quality resources and trainings

Collaborative Media-making: Allied Media Conference 2015

This year, Youthprise is collaborating to put on 2 tracks at the 2015 Allied Media Conference, June 18-21: Research Justice and Youth Creating Worlds.

The Allied Media Conference is a Detroit-based annual collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming the world. They recognize media as any way that people communicate with the world – and young people communicate with the world in a multitude of ways.

The Youth Creating Worlds track, now in its second year, is a partnership between Youthprise and Detroit Future Youth (DFY), which aims to strengthen and deepen youth social justice organizing in Detroit. The Research Justice track, in its fourth year, is a collaboration between Youthprise, Research Action Design, and Detroit Ledger.

Read more about Allied Media Conference and Youthprise's participation

Have questions? Email Neese Parker at

YIPA Fest - Sept. 23

YIPA FEST is celebration of Youth Intervention workers and youth serving organizations. It is a day full of learning, networking and fun!  Keynote speaker is Dr. Jermaine Davis.

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