The arrival of longer and warmer days brings some measure of hope to Minnesotans for happier times ahead but this past month was undoubtedly a heavy one. Last week marked the two year memorial of the murder of George Floyd as well as the second deadliest school shooting on record in U.S. history. Our hearts are heavy for victims of violence of every kind and compel us to work to create safety, heal in community, and initiate connections and actions that grow trust. In that spirit, let's look to upcoming local opportunities, including Juneteenth and Twin Cities Pride, to engage with one another across difference, commemorate our shared stories, and uplift our collective communities.
The next Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) fellowship is now open for candidate nominations and applications. Ideal nominees must:
-Be personally focused on advancing equity for people of color and other underrepresented communities
-Be 18 years of age
-Meet the residency requirements of the board or commission they are interested in sitting on (i.e. live, work, own business, etc.)
-Commit to attending all monthly trainings and events
-Commit to serving on a board or commission after completion of the BCLI
ServeMN is announcing two new career pathway programs slated to begin in late summer. -Emerging Educators | Career pathway program aimed at BIPOC AmeriCorps members interested in teaching. Service members will earn an associate's degree in teaching at Minneapolis College at little or no cost in addition to standard AmeriCorps benefits. Application Deadline: July 29. -Public Health Corps | As part of Public Health Corps, AmeriCorps members serve as Public Health Project Coordinators to help meet emerging public health needs and to grow the public health workforce. Application Deadline: August 10.
Leadership Twin Cities
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber has opened applications for Leadership Twin Cities (LTC), a nine-month professional development program kicking off in September. Program topics include regional cultures, racial consciousness, economic development, public safety/justice, public health, government, education, sustainability, the arts, and more. The program includes experiential learning, group projects, and interactive discussions with community leaders. An upcoming information session on Thursday, June 2 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm will provide program information and allow time for questions. Applications are due June 17th. [Read more.]
Comcast RISE $10,000 Grant Awards
For the second time in less than one year, Comcast RISE will award another $1 million in grants – $10,000 each – to 100 Twin Cities small businesses owned by people of color or women to help grow their businesses, create jobs, and play a vital role in supporting local communities. The application is open from June 1, and through June 14, here in the Twin Cities and includes Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties. Recipients will be announced in late July. Comcast RISE was launched in late 2020, a national effort to uplift and support local small businesses most negatively impacted by the pandemic. [Learn more.]
We're hopeful April showers (and snow, for that matter) bring May flowers and spring blooms to Mni Sóta Maḳoce in time for American Indian Month in Minnesota and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022 in the United States. Clyde Bellecourt's passing earlier this year, the last living founder of the American Indian Movement started in Minneapolis, stirred reflections on the progress he and others were able to advance in developing programs and community change, as well as showing how much work remains to honor treaties and the First Peoples of this land. Elaine Salinas was quoted in the Star Tribune, "What AIM did in this country is awaken Indian people — Indian tribes and urban Indian people who had been so beaten down. AIM said we are proud people, we are a resilient people, and we have to challenge institutions that marginalized us and destroyed our lives. It was a very powerful message." May we honor Indigenous, im/migrant, and all our relations through opportunities for connection and restoration shared in this Dispatch and by others working to advance Native sovereignty and ways across this Land Where the Waters Reflect the Clouds.
Humphrey Policy Fellows
The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance (CSPG) offers professional development for Minnesota leaders through the Policy Fellows program. 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. [Learn more.]
Rotary Peace Fellowship
Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals to become effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and internship and field-study expenses. The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with work experience in peace and development. Fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities. [Read more.]
Be the change America needs. The Move for America Fellowship Program is a paid, immersive learning experience for emerging leaders to move across America's cultural, political, and geographic fault lines to live, learn, and serve. Fellows will serve in community-based organizations, build relationships, and learn about their host town. They will participate in professional development sessions, peer mentorship, and complete a capstone project designed to build the skills and habits to bridge divides through youth engagement. Applications are available now, with a May 6 rolling deadline, and review process ongoing until all current positions are filled.[Learn more.]
This month's Vernal Equinox, springing forward with Daylight Saving Time, and vacillating between shorts weather and spring snowstorms are reminders that we are in a season of emergence, in a liminal zone that is both familiar and novel. March is also International Women's Month and a time to honor the feminine within ourselves and the world. Locally, the Citizens League Civic Celebration last week honored the late Kao Ly Ilean Her and Joan Growe, former Secretary of State who introduced the iconic red "I Voted" stickers to Minnesota. On the national level, we lost the first female United States Secretary of State with the passing of Madeleine Albright. May her memory be for a blessing and her wise words guide us in this time when a new earth is springing forth:
“The real question is: who has the responsibility to uphold human rights? The answer to that is: everyone.”
“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”
Accepting Applications: Doc U
SPNN's Doc U Program Doc U is a 15-week beginner documentary production program for Twin Cities metro area community members. Sessions are held every Monday evening, 6pm to 9pm, from May 2 through August 15. Participants will have the first 13 weeks to learn and create their own short documentary and will need time to work on their projects outside of the scheduled sessions. All films will explore issues and themes through the stories of 1-2 main characters. Apply by extended deadline of April 4. [Learn more.]
The Carlson School is proud to host the inaugural Elevate Conference, providing essential career advancement and professional development content for Professionals of Color and women. This conference will allow attendees to learn from industry insiders and C-Suite leaders about how to take their career to the next level. Attendees will learn about how to unlock career opportunities in the current competitive job market, key skills for salary negotiations, personal branding tips, and authentic leadership strategies. The afternoon will include time to build your network and connect with fellow attendees and conference speakers. [Register online.]
Register for YNPN-TC Cafe Conversations
Cafe Conversations is an annual event where YNPN-TC members come to together to discuss topics related to the nonprofit sector. See this year's conversations taking place on Friday, April 1 from 8:30am - 10:00am listed below!
-"Self Care in Times of a Global Pandemic" -"The Well-Being Effect"
-"Where Do I Belong?: Working Across Sectors"
-"Nonprofit Jargon We Love to Hate: Authentic Communication in the Workplace" -"Addressing Conflict at Work – When Midwest Niceness Isn't Enough" [Register online.]
Stand Against Racism: Take the 21-Day Challenge
Starting April 4th, YWCA Mankato will provide folks the opportunity to dedicate 21 days to the pursuit of racial justice. This year's focus areas include civic engagement, economic opportunity and security, education, health care, and representation in media. Assignments and discussion topics were hand-selected and curated by YWCA USA. The 21-Day Challenge will be hosted via email and within a private Facebook group. Discussions will be led by trained Racial Justice facilitators and community leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Register today to take part in the challenge! [Learn more.]
Our local and global communities are reeling from conflict and violence over the past few weeks. In the Twin Cities, we are deeply aggrieved by the shooting and killing of Amir Locke by a Minneapolis police officer. Globally, the Russian military invasion of Ukraine has resulted in displacement and a growing humanitarian crisis. Near or far, community turmoil, loss of safety, and ultimate disregard for the lives of others causes rupture and disconnection. To think locally and act globally, consider supporting African American Leadership Forum in their mission to improve the lives of African Americans in Minnesota by building a cross-sector network of leaders and institutions that convenes, collaborates, and champions solutions. To reach across borders, learn how to assist those in Ukraine by supporting organizations providing relief to people in conflict-affected areas. May we remain resilient in our efforts to wage peace.
Register for Care and Curiosity Series for Entrepreneurs
Registration is open now for the Women in Entrepreneurship Series, a week of free virtual programming from March 1-8. This includes workshops, education sessions and offering one-on-one mentorship sessions, centering the unique experiences and challenges of women, female-identifying, LGBTQIA+ and non-binary people, all centered around Care and Curiosity. The week will culminate with an evening Power of 100 Showcase, with hopes to raise $10,000 through ticket sales to directly fund three local woman-owned businesses. [Register online.]
LeadMN Student Voter Summit Call for Proposals
Call for Proposals: Minnesota Student Voter Summit. In 2020, student voter turnout in Minnesota was a record 70% despite the fact that students faced unprecedented challenges in having their voice heard. At this Summit we will work to help build on that momentum as look to help students have their voice heard and be civically engaged. Seeking conference proposal submissions for workshops and sessions to help share best practices in student voter engagement and to train student leaders, staff, and faculty on Minnesota campuses. Learn more and submit a proposal. Deadline is March 15. [Learn more.]
Indigenous & Media Community Roundtable
In partnership with We Are Still Here Minnesota, and MIGIZI, MPR will host three community conversations involving media professionals and Indigenous community members. Led by Indigenous community leaders and moderated by David Cournoyer, a tribal member and former Twin Cities TV reporter, these virtual Zoom events will challenge problematic racial narratives that surround Native communities, seeking more authentic, complete and accurate portrayals of Native communities and issues. The first session will feature Indigenous author and scholar Dr. Anton Treuer. [Register online.]
2022 Naked Stages Fellowship
Calling all performance artists! Pillsbury House & Theatre is seeking applicants to the 2022 Naked Stages Fellowship, an opportunity for individual artists to create their own performances while receiving valuable mentorship resources, workshops, and guidance in their artistic process. Applications are now open and are due March 2. Generously supported by the Jerome Foundation, the goal of this program is to assist individual artists in acquiring knowledge and experience in performance creation, critical response skills, marketing, and technical production. Applications are due by Friday, March 25, 2022 at 5 PM CST, and selections will be announced in May. [Learn more.]
The end of January marks the completion of the first month in the new Gregorian calendar year as well as the end of the current lunar year. February 1, 2022 kicks off the Year of the Tiger, Black History Month, and in Minnesota, statewide precinct caucuses. These shifts urge us to honor tradition and cultural customs toward auspicious ends, acknowledge and celebrate all that Black excellence has contributed to our history and culture, and to engage urgently and locally to ensure our leadership and decision-making represents and invests in all of the best of our communities. Wishing you and yours good health, peace, and prosperity in the new lunar year!
Applications for CCLI 2022 are Now Open
Creative Community Leadership Institute (CCLI) is an intensive, in-person, cohort-based training program with real-world practice for artists, culture bearers, community organizers, community development practitioners, and other leaders seeking to deepen their impact in creative community building. Each cohort will meet for three intensive sessions over four-five months. The first and third sessions will take place in person, overnight and the second session will be virtual. This Institute, lodging, and meals are free for participants. Participants will receive a stipend to support the cost of travel, childcare or any other hospitality needs. [Learn more.]
Refugee Response Initiative (RRI)
ServeMinnesota is searching for applicants to its newest AmeriCorps initiative – the Refugee Response Initiative (RRI), created in partnership with Minnesota's Department of Human Services. Refugee Response Initiative AmeriCorps members will begin serving as soon as early February and will continue serving for 3-4 months. Full-time and part-time opportunities are available, and customizable shifts are available between 8am – 10pm. RRI AmeriCorps members will receive a living stipend, health benefits (for full-time members), an education award that can be used for tuition or student loan repayment. The deadline to apply is February 9. [Learn more.]
Neighborhoods Now! Spring 2022
Neighborhoods Now! is an innovative community educational series to strengthen the work of individuals and organizations working in neighborhoods to: -Organize to win issues for people and places. -Build power to change systems for racial equity and economic justice. -Build organizations whose leadership is reflective of the community. -Build diverse and effective cross cultural collaborations. The Neighborhoods Now! Spring 2022 course is April 25 - April 29 from 10am - 2:30pm each day. The course will also have select guest speakers from the field, two follow-up Think Tanks and graduation all conducted virtually. [Apply online.]
Submissions open for 2022
TEDxMinneapolis is scheduled for September 24, 2022, and the call for speakers is now open! All candidates are asked to provide a 60-90 second video that covers their idea, who they are, and why it's an idea worth spreading. Some ideas that have made good TEDx talks in the past are: -A unique perspective on important and timely issues given by subject matter experts -New inventions, scientific or economic theories that will change the way we live, work or play. -Universal insights gained through unusual or unexpected personal experiences TEDxMinneapolis only considers candidates who live and/or work in Minnesota. Last day for submissions is February 14. [Share your idea worth spreading.]