The rhythms and signals of this time of year are familiar and different all at once. Students are heading back to school with First Day photos or move-in days, yet with masking and social distancing requirements in place to support community health. The State Fair is dubbed the Great Minnesota Get-Back Together replete with longtime traditions, yet has experienced a noted decline in vendors and fairgoers this year. Our nation and globe are experiencing compounded grief from crises in Afghanistan, wildfires - including in our state, Hurricane Ida, the Delta variant, and more. We need community care more than ever, including knowing that the narrative is not only negative. To that end, consider nominating someone for the #MNCivicLeader campaign to uplift and celebrate everyday community members who go above and beyond to make a difference in Minnesota; donating to support refugee resettlement, disaster relief, climate justice, health equity, or any number of causes you’re presently drawn to address; or participating in upcoming events and opportunities below listed below to build connection and take local action. Above all, know that doing what is *yours* to do is enough. Today and every day.
YNPN Twin Cities Leadership Institute
The world needs better leaders. But, what makes a better leader? The 2021-22 YNPN Leadership Institute is designed to answer this question with a simple premise: unlearning leadership. This four-part institute will challenge participants to uproot old habits of leadership that are grounded in white supremacy culture - hierarchy, individualism, scarcity, and destructive competition - and plant, nurture and grow a new leadership framework. September 1 is the deadline for online and verbal interest forms to be completed. [Read more.]
Creative Economy Fellowship
The Creative Economy Fellowship is an unrestricted $10,000 award given individually to ten (10) BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Native artists in Minnesota. This program seeks to support and recognize artists who make and share tools designed to benefit as many artists as possible, with the belief that interconnected communities of artists create greater impact, and substantial, systems-wide change. [Learn more.]
The Bush Fellowship is a recognition of your extraordinary accomplishments and support for your potential. It is an investment in you, so that you can make a difference in your community. The Fellowship is a flexible grant of up to $100,000 to help you strengthen and develop your leadership. As a Fellow, you define your own vision and create a unique Fellowship plan to learn the skills and build the relationships that will help you make your vision a reality. 2022 Bush Fellowship applications will be accepted until noon Central on September 9. [Learn more.]
New Leaders Council - Twin Cities
New Leaders Council (NLC) develops, connects, and uplifts inclusive, cross-sector leaders who transform our country through social and political change rooted in equity. Anchored by its six-month action-oriented, engagement-focused training experience, the NLC Institute, the organization builds power among the leaders closest to their communities who will, and do, create the country we aspire to be. Applications due September 7 by 9pm CDT. [Apply online.]
The world has come together for the #2020ne Olympic Games and the celebration is strongest in our home state this week. Governor Walz and Mayor Carter of the City of Saint Paul declared July 30 "Sunisa Lee Day" after the Minnesota gymnast won a gold medal for the women's individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics. Suni is the fifth consecutive American woman to win gold in the event and the first Hmong American to make Team USA.
Her personal story of persistence and overcoming speaks volumes about the spirit and resilience of the Hmong community, the role that family and community play in supporting young people's success, and the importance of believing in what's possible. Wishing continued luck to the many Minnesotans representing the best of our communities at these Olympic Games!
Pandemic Storytelling Workshop
The Moth, the internationally-acclaimed organization dedicated to the art and craft of personal stories told live, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Pandemic Action Network, are holding three virtual storytelling workshops in September 2021. These sessions aim to develop and amplify community-level stories from the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. If chosen to participate, you will: Be introduced to principles of personal narrative developed by The Moth through its work with thousands of storytellers; Identify one personal story to develop; and Receive one-on-one coaching to help craft your five-minute story. Applications will be accepted through Monday, August 2 at 6:00am CDT. [Read more.]
Pro bono services for racial equity
Goff Public offers pro bono services to organizations working to achieve racial equity. They are now seeking to support a new round of Minnesota-based nonprofits and advocacy organizations working to achieve racial equity within the community. Whether it is developing communications strategies, advocating for legislation at the state Capitol or pitching stories to news outlets – Goff Public will support organizations that are striving for constructive change, building relationships, and sharing resources and perspectives to help educate the community. Organizations that are interested in pro bono services can fill out the online form by August 31. Organizations will be notified by September 30. These projects are part of a comprehensive Goff Public commitment to donate at least 5% of their pre-tax earnings annually to nonprofit organizations through donations, pro bono services and employee volunteer time. [Apply online.]
This month we celebrate with pride that the Stonewall Uprising helped pave a way for greater inclusion and efforts to outlove hate. And as Juneteenth increasingly becomes recognized as a federal and local holiday, we are reminded of the words of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” The Summer Solstice marked a diminishing daily length of daylight but the fact that it remains lighter out for later during this time of year bolsters the assurance of the many different ways to be in the light. With an attentiveness to history, may we all do the best we know how to shape the here and now, on our paths toward justice and love.
YWCA Mankato Leadership Program
Elizabeth Kearney Women's Leadership is a gender-specific, strengths-based leadership program. The program takes a cohort of women through either a 6-month or a 10-month program of professional and personal leadership development. The program addresses the gender and racial bias facing women in leadership. Participants identify their strengths, enhance their leadership skills, connect with other leaders in the community, and leave prepared to address women's unique leadership challenges. Applications for the 10-month cohort, which starts in September, are due the first week in July. [Learn more.]
Right Track Plus Internship Program
Ramsey County and the City of Saint Paul are excited to announce a new career internship program, Right Track Plus, for un-and underemployed young adults ages 18-24 with focus areas of: healthcare, technology, creative arts, urban agriculture, construction/green energy or the public sector. Through Right Track+, participants will receive a paid part-time internship starting in July 2021, mentorship, professional development opportunities, career counseling & case management, support services and more! [Read more.]
BMPP 2021 Grant Cycle
BMPP Giving Circle's 2021 grant cycle is now accepting proposals. Micro-grants of up to $2,500 are available for projects serving Asian/Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, including Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities that are focused on building solidarity across racialized communities made most vulnerable at this time, and healing projects that support communities. Applicants must be located in the Upper Midwest region (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa) and the project must serve the Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The deadline is Friday, July 16. [Apply Now.]
2021 Twin Cities Pride Festival
The 49th annual Twin Cities Pride Festival will be held at Loring Park July 17 – 18, 2021 and will feature local BIPOC and LGBTQ+ vendors, food courts, a beer garden, and music stages. The Twin Cities Pride Festival is a CELEBRATION of the LGBTQ+ Community. All LGBTQ+ people and allies are welcome! Due to time constraints, Pride is foregoing the Saturday night concert and fireworks this year. Hours will be 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. both Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 at Loring Park in Minneapolis. As always, the Twin Cities Pride Festival is FREE! [Learn more.]
This month marks 12 years of the Minnesota Rising blog and the idea that collectively sharing this time and space is a basis for mattering to one another. One year out from the uprisings following the police murder of George Floyd, we also recognize the ways in which our community has been catapulted into global focus. May we use this pressure for positive growth, to break patterns and condition ourselves and institutions to respond in different ways. Ways that for May's month-long observances, ranging from those of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage, American Indians in Mnisota, and Mental Health Awareness, among others, ensure that our communities are seen, supported, and fully represented as a part of the story of and future of Minnesota. Read on for several such opportunities to develop capacity and garner resources for advancing equity and community change.
"Change Greater Minnesota With Us." The Initiators Fellowship is a big, bold strategy that provides the next generation of regional leaders the opportunity to use their entrepreneurial spirit to address society’s needs while building the business and leadership capacity of Greater Minnesota. The application process for the two-year fellowship opens on May 24 and closes on June 15. Up to eight fellows will be selected for the social entrepreneurship program that provides a $60,000 stipend ($30,000/year), a hand-selected, executive-level mentor and wrap-around training and support to help up-and-coming leaders advance their social enterprise ideas. [Learn more.]
Lead For Minnesota 2021 Fellowship
Lead For Minnesota's Fellowship selects, trains, and places our nation’s most promising young leaders in two-year paid fellowships in local community organizations – such as local government, nonprofits, and community-based organizations – as a means of strengthening America’s public institutions, revitalizing our local communities, and cultivating a new generation of transformational community leaders. Lead For Minnesota is an AmeriCorps program, and as such, applicants are eligible to become AmeriCorps members if qualified. Candidates can apply to serve any community where they have strong personal ties. If selected as a Finalist, Lead For Minnesota will support applicant-led candidates in identifying a suitable host placement in their community of choice. [Learn more.]
Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute
Applications for the next cohort of the Nexus Community Partners (Nexus) Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) are open. BCLI works to build more engaged and powerful communities in the region by equipping BIPOC and other community members who have been shut out of governing to serve on city, county, metro and state boards and commissions that influence and impact equity in the region in economic development, health, housing, transit and workforce development. Nominations are due Friday, June 11. [Learn more.]
Community Equity Program
The Community Equity Program (CEP) is an immersive program housed out of Wilder Foundation that brings together up to 20 Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) who want to get involved in state-level policy and fight for change in their communities. CEP will provide participants the knowledge and tools to advocate and advance legislation, engage with policymakers, and build community power and solidarity at the Capitol. CEP is open to applicants who are both early and seasoned in their leadership journeys. CEP is more interested in learning about your passions and commitment to building your skills to shift policies and make change in the communities you care about than degrees and accolades. Everyone has something to learn and share from/with one another. [Read more.]
All eyes were on Minnesota earlier this month as a guilty, guilty, guilty verdict was read. And with this small measure of accountability we were able to let go of our collectively held breath. This is an important initial step in the work to advance equity and justice in our communities, to ensure that the lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are seen, supported, and matter, but it is clear that we have far to go.
It has been a heavy time locally as we experience some modicum of relief for George Floyd and his family and as we process the harm done to our communities (in this case as well as by the police killings of Daunte Wright, Philando Castile, Jamar Clark, and more). Please take good care of yourselves through grounding tools, rest, movement, and connection to nature and others.
Facing Race Awards Nominations
The Facing Race Awards recognize anti-racism activists and organizations in Minnesota who challenge absent and harmful narratives on race, build solutions that unite, instead of divide, and push for justice and equity. Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their commitment to racial equity and anti-racism efforts in Minnesota? Nominate that person for the 15th annual Facing Race Awards. Award recipients are nominated by the community, and up to four will be recognized.Each award recipient will receive a grant to benefit a Minnesota nonprofit of their choice and be recognized at a televised Facing Race Awards ceremony later this year. The nomination period has been extended to Monday, May 3 at 3pm. [Nominate someone today!]
LOTT Fellows and Mentors Recruitment
Applications for 2021 Fellows & Mentors are live! The 2021 LOTT Program will run September 2021 to March 2022 and will include one-on-one mentoring, leadership workshops, networking opportunities, and a community-based project. The program is actively recruiting women for the Fellowship who are looking to develop their leadership, expand their network, and realize their professional goals. They are also looking for women to mentor the Fellows: a critical piece of the program's success. To learn more, consider joining a Virtual Info Session on May 6th, and apply for the program by May 31. [Learn more.]
Policy Fellows Program Applications
The Policy Fellows program provides emerging and mid-career professionals a renowned public affairs leadership development experience. Each year, approximately 35 leaders from government, business/industry, and nonprofit organizations from around the state are selected through a competitive application process. Applicants should live and work primarily in Minnesota, be a leader or emerging leader in their field of work and have a strong record of contributing to their community or working toward the common good. The program welcomes applicants of all backgrounds and political perspectives and seeks Fellows who want to engage respectfully and productively across these differences. [Apply by June 1.]
Rural Regenerator Fellowship Applications
The Rural Regenerator Fellowship will facilitate long term learning and exchange across rural geographies and provide financial support to these leaders so they can think big as they grow, shift or expand their leadership efforts. 10 Fellows will be selected from communities of 50,000 people or fewer across the Upper Midwest. Fellows will receive $10,000 in flexible funds to support their existing work and/or to launch a new project in their community. Applications for the Rural Regenerator Fellowship are due by June 11, 2021, with information sessions on April 30 and May 21. [Find out more and apply.]