Thus concludes an historic month in our nation's history, one illustrating the profoundly distinct and disparate realities that people and communities see and experience on a daily basis. While polarization and fear of difference has currently taken center stage, what is clear is that the work ahead of us is to see and honor the humanity in one another, to act more boldly and urgently than ever before, and to deepen the connections that provide and renew our resilience, courage, and hope. See below and the sidebar for opportunities this coming month to connect with others and strengthen your resolve + resources to be the change you wish to bring about in the world.
Apply for EYLI 2017 Institute!
YNPN-EPIP Leadership Institute
Are you hungry for leadership and personal development opportunities, but struggle to find them in your daily routine? Do you work in the nonprofit and/or philanthropic sector? Fired up about your work and want to see that flame burn brightly throughout your career? Well that takes fuel, that takes space, and that takes tending. That takes the Leadership Institute. YNPN Twin Cities and EPIP Minnesota are partnering to offer a unique cohort experience. The EYLI Leadership Institute will encourage you to explore the big career questions you’ve been asking, and will continue to ask, while you do some serious skill swapping and network weaving across the local philanthropic and nonprofit worlds. Whether harnessing your hellfire or holding your sacred blue flame, we invite you to join us to gain the skills you need to build a network supporting your growth as a leader while you develop goals, strategies, action steps, and accountability to help you truly make the most of your career. [Read more.]
Ignited Souls: The Spirit of Social Transformation
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
In the face of unprecedented social unrest, it’s time to talk about how faith and spirituality–things that often seem to divide us–can actually be among the most powerful and uniting forces on the planet. Our panel, “Ignited Souls: The Spirit of Social Transformation,” will explore how to galvanize the passion of spirituality and faith into socially transformative work that furthers the well-being of all. Whether you’re a leader, activist, ally, or simply someone who has been shocked by the divisiveness and injustice of our world and feels compelled to act, this event will help you tap into that well of inspiration to resist oppression, advocate for justice, and participate in transforming the world–in whatever way you feel called. At this event, we’ll discuss: The essence of social transformation. What we, as individuals and leaders, can do. How you can get involved. [Read more.]
Cow Tipping Press Book Release and Author Reading
Five to Ten on Hennepin
Thursday, December 1 at 11:00am - 1:00pm at New Century Theatre | Cow Tipping Press publishes writing by people with developmental disabilities (e.g. Down syndrome, autism), encouraging readers to reconsider the dynamism and assets of this rich form of human diversity. Cow Tipping Press will host their fall book release and author reading on 5 to 10 on Hennepin’s Mobile Stage, giving a dozen authors with disabilities a platform to share their distinct voices with audiences that might not otherwise engage with or think of them in this way. Our authors’ writing spans ages, genres, and content, showing both the profound diversity of this often generalized or neglected form of human difference and appealing to a wide range of audiences tastes. Presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust, Southwest Airlines, Project for Public Spaces & Jack Link’s. [Read more.]
Fall Family Dinners
LOCUS invites you to Family Dinner this fall! Looking for an opportunity to connect and dialogue with other emerging leaders of color and Native emerging leaders around issues of code-switching, microaggressions, and intersectionality? Want to share your personal experiences and hear others' stories and perspectives about race, culture, and identity? Join LOCUS for a series of informal, intimate conversations over meals at ethnic- and minority-owned restaurants across the Twin Cities. Together we'll support local small businesses, engage in building relationships and trust across our diverse cultures, and participate in the self-reflection and collective exploration necessary for developing Identity-Driven Leadership. Save the date for the final 2016 Family Dinner from 5:30pm - 7:30pm on Monday, December 12! *LOCUS will provide light appetizers but participants are responsible for the costs of any additional meals and beverages. [More information.]
We're eagerly preparing to fall back as Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend and then counting down those last days until Election Day on November 8. Key resources for doing your civic duty include the Minnesota Secretary of State and League of Women Voters Minnesota along with their "Your Vote Your Voice" campaign. Connect with others the night before at #GoVoteMN's Election Eve Partyat Mill City Nights featuring DILATED PEOPLES and ALLAN KINGDOM and hosted by GO 95.3 DJ Mr. Peter Parker. Once you've cast your vote (and helped others to do so), check out the events and opportunities in this Dispatch for more ways to make your voice heard in your community!
Apply to be a 2017 NLC Fellow!
New Leaders Council
The New Leaders Council Institute is an intensive, five-month progressive entrepreneurship training program. It is the premier leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career and political advancement program for young professionals. We’re looking for entrepreneurial young professionals, typically 25-35, from diverse backgrounds and industries, with strong progressive values and leadership aptitude, who will apply NLC’s trainings in their careers and lives. From strategic communications to fundraising, and entrepreneurship to coalition management, NLC Fellows master all the skills needed to lead the next generation. The 2017 NLC Institute begins in January 2017. Fellows have to commit to one weekend per month for five months in which each Fellow, along with 15-20 of their peers, participates in trainings on topics from messaging to finance to political management. Applications are due at 3:00pm EST on November 14, 2016. [Read more.]
Fall Family Dinners
LOCUS invites you to Family Dinner this fall! Looking for an opportunity to connect and dialogue with other emerging leaders of color and Native emerging leaders around issues of code-switching, microaggressions, and intersectionality? Want to share your personal experiences and hear others' stories and perspectives about race, culture, and identity? Join LOCUS for a series of informal, intimate conversations over meals at ethnic- and minority-owned restaurants across the Twin Cities. Together we'll support local small businesses, engage in building relationships and trust across our diverse cultures, and participate in the self-reflection and collective exploration necessary for developing Identity-Driven Leadership. Save the date(s) from 5:30pm - 7:30pm on Mondays: November 14 and 28, and December 12! *LOCUS will provide light appetizers but participants are responsible for the costs of any additional meals and beverages. [More information.]
Apply for New Sector Impact Leadership Incubator
New Sector Alliance
New Sector is launching a new program, and we are looking for candidates that are highly-motivated, skilled, early career professionals who are passionate about social impact. If you are know anyone that meets that description, we hope you'll encourage them to apply by Friday, November 18th. New Sector is committed to developing and supporting the next generation of nonprofit leaders. Our programs are focused on providing our Fellows with the professional skills, networks and experiences needed for their long-term success in the social sector. The New Sector Impact Leadership Incubator is a 5-month professional development program designed for emerging leaders with up to 5 years of professional work experience. In addition to full-time employment at one of our partner host-sites, Fellows receive monthly professional development trainings, mentorship, and individual career coaching to support their long-term careers in the social sector. [Read more.]
Give to the Max Day is November 17
On Thursday, November 17, join your fellow Minnesotans in raising millions of dollars for the thousands of nonprofits and schools which make our communities stronger. Just by making a gift for Give to the Max Day 2016, your donation of as little as $10 could turn into $10,000 for your favorite nonprofit or school! Thanks in part to our generous partners at the Bush Foundation and others, we're bringing back Give to the Max Day Leaderboards, Golden Tickets and Super-Sized Golden Tickets. Beginning Tuesday, November 1, visit GiveMN.org to schedule your gifts to be processed on Give to the Max Day. It's just like scheduling your bills to pay automatically. Scheduled donations will be eligible for all prizes during Give to the Max Day. Better yet, we'll randomly select one scheduled gift for a special Super-Sized Golden Ticket just for scheduled donations, adding $10,000 to that lucky person's donation! [Read more.]
Minnesota has a storied history of ranking high nationally in levels of voting and volunteerism. And you can be a part of continuing that trend. 38 days remain until Election Day 2016 - are you registered to vote? This month featured National Voter Registration Day on September 27, so here's your timely reminder to update your registration if needed and to vote early if desired. You can register online through the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office. In the meantime, check out the events below and in the sidebar for upcoming opportunities to build community and connect to changemaking initiatives!
Fall Family Dinners
LOCUS invites you to Family Dinner this fall! Looking for an opportunity to connect and dialogue with other emerging leaders of color and Native emerging leaders around issues of code-switching, microaggressions, and intersectionality? Want to share your personal experiences and hear others' stories and perspectives about race, culture, and identity? Join LOCUS for a series of informal, intimate conversations over meals at ethnic- and minority-owned restaurants across the Twin Cities. Together we'll support local small businesses, engage in building relationships and trust across our diverse cultures, and participate in the self-reflection and collective exploration necessary for developing Identity-Driven Leadership. Save the date(s) from 5:30pm - 7:30pm on Mondays: October 10 and 24, November 14 and 28, and December 5 and 12! *LOCUS will provide light appetizers but participants are responsible for the costs of any additional meals and beverages. [More information.]
Submit your 5 Minutes in Hell proposal
YNPN Twin Cities
Have a story to tell? Come show us what you've got at Five Minutes in Hell, YNPN-Twin Cities’ annual story night where you, our members, take the stage and wow us with your stories. Through quick, fun, five-minute presentations, you'll sharpen your speaking skills while sharing insights with your fellow YNPNers. We're descending deep underground on October 27 to Honey in Minneapolis. This year's theme is Transformation! The guidelines: Presentation must be 5 minutes. You will be timed (and burned to ashes if necessary). Your presentation should be accompanied by a slide deck—PowerPoint, Prezi, etc. You must be a member to submit a proposal. Hint: Membership is free. Make it something fun and tailored to the wants, needs, and interests of YNPN's membership. Submit your proposal by October 5! [Read more.]
A change of seasons approaches, marked by familiar traditions like first weeks back to school, the Minnesota State Fair, campaign ads during a presidential election year as well as a continual and ever-urgent need to find ways to connect and build trust amidst a larger sense of community change, grief, and growth. We invite you to consider the upcoming events and opportunities in this edition of the #mnrising Dispatch to explore issues of race, politics, community, and leadership with local organizations, including convenings with Minnesota Rising and LOCUS later this month. In the way that the autumn air and fall colors urge a rich, more reflective pace, we offer you a stirring quote from Iyanla Vanzant: “It’s time for you to move, realizing that the thing you are seeking is also seeking you.”
2016 Connect MSP Survey for Professionals of Color
Make It. MSP.
Welcome to the 2016 Connect MSP survey for professionals of color. This is an effort of Make It. MSP. – a collaborative initiative of GREATER MSP, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bush Foundation and dozens of other partners. We are passionate about making this region a great place for professionals of color to come, stay and thrive because the future of our community and economy depends on it. Please take or share our survey to help us hear from professionals of color throughout MSP about what makes us strong today and how we can get even better. Upon completion of the survey, you will be able to enter into a drawing for gift cards as a thank you. In the words of Maya Angelou, “Make every effort to change the things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you’ve been thinking. You might find a new solution.” [Take survey.]
The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America
Humphrey School of Public Affairs Thursday, September 22 4:00 - 5:15pm
The 2016 election is drawing near, and millennials have just begun to test their political clout. Recent polls report that the younger generation views the GOP as outdated and unresponsive. How can the Republican party stay true to conservative sensibilities while attracting the attention of millennial voters? Leading Republican pollster, Kristen Soltis Anderson, teams up with prominent Republican strategist Vin Weber to examine shifting voter demographics in the 2016 election and offer key insights on how Republicans can keep up. Anderson's new book titled, The Selfie Vote: Where Millenials Are Leading America(HarperCollins, 2015) will be available for purchase and signing after the event. [Read more.]
Accepting 2017 Bush Fellowship Applications
From August 30 through September 29 the Bush Foundation will accept applications for the 2017 Bush Fellowship! The Bush Fellowship is a recognition of extraordinary achievement and a bet on extraordinary potential. It provides transformative experiences to people with the potential to advance our region. A Bush Fellow has a record of accomplishment and wants to make an even bigger impact in their community. Since 1965, over 2,200 individuals from MN, ND, SD and the 23 Native nations sharing that geography have done just that. Bush Fellows determine what they need to become more effective leaders and receive a grant of up to $100,000 to make it happen. Do you see yourself or someone in your network as a potential Fellow? [Read more.]
Volunteer as a Tutor with Reading Partners
Reading Partners Twin Cities
Reading Partners is a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap by helping elementary students from low-income communities boost their reading confidence and competence. Reading Partners Twin Cities is seeking volunteer tutors in elementary schools for the 2015-16 school year. Our volunteers make a lifelong impact on a child who struggles with reading. - Give as little as one hour a week (we welcome more, if you are able)! - Flexible weekday volunteer times are available. - Follow a highly effective, structured and easy-to-use curriculum. - No formal teaching experience is required. See a full list of tutoring locations across Minneapolis and St. Paul or email us for information. [Read more.]
Together with so many other Minnesotans, we are grieving the loss of trust, hope, and life that our community has experienced so profoundly this month. At this time, caring for ourselves and one another, in order to create connection where there may be a sense of isolation and to feel gratitude when the amount of loss can seem overwhelming, is critical to being able to move forward in addressing inequity at all levels. Moving forward, it is clear that we need more capacity and skills to lead in this time - the ability to hold multiple contradictory and coexisting realities, a nuanced understanding of institutional power and intersectional lives, an open-hearted curiosity that seeds generative questions and possibilities, and personal and community resilience to grow and sustain over time. May we acknowledge and respect the life of our fallen fellow Millennial Minnesotan, Philando, by committing to increasing our donations, conversations, advocacy, and showing up, particularly in this election year (in the spirit of Keeping It 100 in Minnesota). #RestInPower
MSP Welcome Survey
Whether you have lived in Minneapolis-Saint Paul for one day or many years, the people of this region welcome you. A team of your neighbors from companies, community organizations, colleges and universities, and elsewhere is working together through Make It. MSP. to learn more about your experience moving to MSP so we can do better. MSP Welcome is a chance to hear from you. This survey was designed using insight that 50 newcomers shared in a series of discussions earlier this year. Make It. MSP. aims to take what you share with us to work harder and smarter to welcome and integrate new residents from around the world. The survey should take roughly 15 minutes of your time to help make a major impact in MSP. At the end of the survey you'll be given an option to enter for a chance to win Target gift cards and tickets to this summer’s TEDxMinneapolis festival. Thank you for sharing your insight! [Take survey.]
Nominate: Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans
Since 1950 the Minnesota Jaycees have acknowledged the efforts and accomplishments of young adults who have contributed to our state through their service, thought and influence, community involvement, or entrepreneurship. The Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans program is Minnesota’s only statewide recognition program for outstanding young leaders. The program acknowledges the efforts of individuals between the ages of 18 and 40. Past recipients include some very well-known names: Vice President Walter Mondale, Senator Dave Durenberger, and Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield just to name a few. At this time JCI Minnesota is still accepting nominations for TOYM. Nominations are due no later than August 1, 2016. [Read more.]
Make It. MSP.
Minnesota's four seasons offer plenty of opportunities 4Play. Join us for Summer 4Play when we return to Fort Snelling State Park on July 30 between 11:00am - 4:00pm. 4Play provides a safe space where experimentation is encouraged. Try a new activity for the first time or stick with a trusty favorite that works for you - there's no wrong way to do it. Dozens of outdoor activities – from simple to extreme – will be coordinated into a regional play day. Every activity will be staffed by a local organization so anyone can learn how to safely participate. Fun people from all over MSP will come together at Snelling Lake Beach at historic Fort Snelling for Summer 4Play. We'll canoe, hike, bike, eat, dance, laugh and make new friends! All for FREE! Join us! All that's required is you and an open mind. [Read more.]
Board Recruitment Fair for People of Color
Are you a person of color looking to join a board or a nonprofit organization in the Twin Cities seeking to diversify your board of directors? Join Board Repair and partners to table at the second annual Board Recruitment Fair on August 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Oxford Community Center (also known as Jimmy Lee Recreation Center). Our goal is to introduce hundreds of people of color with various skills and backgrounds who are interested in joining boards to potential board openings. Please feel free to come with friends – invite them! Come for the whole time or just a bit. We will also provide light refreshments and are planning to have some fun prizes! [Read more.]