Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
You're invited to an inspiring evening of learning, sharing, and creative thinking around new solutions to advance lasting social change:Ashoka Twin Cities Solutions Forum
Live Interview with Ashoka Fellows
Conchy Bretos & Felipe Vergara
Join leaders from the private and citizen sectors of the Twin Cities for a one-hour live interview, conducted by media personality Rick Kupchella, with Ashoka Fellows Conchy Bretos and Felipe Vergara. The event is free and will be held at the Walker Art Center on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7 p.m., with a reception to follow. Doors will open at 6:30p.m.
Ashoka is the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs - men and women with system-changing solutions for the world's most urgent social problems. In the Twin Cities, Ashoka is creating a model chapter that engages business entrepreneurs in social innovation, inspires the public to be active changemakers, and positions the Twin Cities as a hub for social solutions.
- Conchy Bretos developed MIA Consulting, an initiative for more autonomous elderly care, working with policy and public housing buildings so low-income and disabled elderly won’t be forced into nursing homes against their will.
- Recognizing the need for an efficient system to finance higher education, Felipe Vergara created Lumni and is introducing human capital contracts—a new set of financial products—to draw private capital toward the high education sector.
The Solutions Forum is co-sponsored by InCommons, The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, and Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Unveiling Ceremony for the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar 2011Saturday, January 29, 2011 7pm -8:30 pm
Progressive Family Life Center
1505 Burns Ave in St. Paul, MN
Admission: $10 (includes 1 calendar). Children 12 and under free.
Can't attend the ceremony? You can get your calendar now! The 2011 Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar is now available for only $10. For the 5th year, it showcases the accomplishments of the following African Americans with roots in Minnesota. The 2011 Class of Honorees are:
The 2011 calendar features these twelve accomplished honorees, each with a unique story to tell. This collaboration supports the nurturing, education and development of our children, youth and families. This calendar presents a richness and texture to the history of African-Americans to fill the gaps in history books. Hopefully, these exceptional individuals will inspire all youth in Minnesota and beyond.
- W. Toni Carter
- Bobby Joe Champion
- Timothy T. Childs
- Christopher E. Crutchfield
- Nathaniel Khaliq and Victoria Davis
- Lee Gatlin
- Robin P. Hickman
- Kimberly Price
- Rudy Rousseau+ The Steeles
- Deborah Watts
- Robert Williams
The 2011 Minnesota African-American Heritage Calendar will support the purpose and vision to celebrate our heritage and to inspire the human spirit. For further information or to order the calendar, please contact Kim White at 651-263-5769 Wh6k@aol.com, Pat Evans at PDEvans@aol.com, or the Progressive Family Life Center @ 651-774-5503.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Institute for International Public Policy Student Fellowship ProgramThe UNCF Special Programs Corporation’s Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellowship Program is now entering its 17th year. The Institute seeks to enhance U.S. national security and global competitiveness by promoting excellence, international service, and awareness among a representative cross-section of the American citizenry. IIPP also seeks to broaden access to international education and training opportunities for underrepresented minority college students.
Eligibility Requirements - We welcome applications from undergraduate sophomores who:
- Sophomore Summer Policy Institute
- Junior Year Study Abroad
- Junior Summer Policy Institute
- Summer Language Institute
- International Internship
- Internationally Focused Advanced Degree Program
- Wraparound Student Services (academic, study abroad, and career advising)
Students from Minority Serving Institutions such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Other Minority Serving Institutions (OMIs) are particularly encouraged to apply.
- Are enrolled full-time at an accredited, four–year baccalaureate-granting institution.
- Are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents (documentary support required).
- Will remain enrolled at their undergraduate institution for two years following their acceptance to the Fellowship.
- Have a minimum 3.2 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
- Have a strong demonstrated interest in international affairs.
- Are an underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic/Latino American, Asian American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander).
- Plan to seek admission to an internationally focused advanced degree program.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Getting in the Door and Getting the Job: February 15, 5:30 - 7:00 PM at Goodwill Easters Seals headquarters, 553 Fairview Ave. N.
Part of YNPN-TC's Nonprofit EDGE series for job seekers, this hands-on workshop will give attendees the opportunity to speak with hiring managers at local nonprofits and get advice on the process of getting a job. Email in your resume beforehand to get specific advice tailored to you!
Get all the details and register online at http://ynpngettinginthedoor.eventbrite.com/
Registration is required and space is limited so don't delay!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
The LEAD Project is excited to announce its first charitable event of 2011!
All event proceeds will benefit Children's HeartLink, an organization working in partnership with health care centers in underserved regions of the world to promote sustainable cardiac care for children with congenital or acquired heart disease.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the LEAD Project website.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
PROGRAM6:00 Cash bar & minglingDia Satori will autograph copies of C Sweets: Desserts from the Executive Suite, Dessert recipes and stories from 50 women leaders. $5 from each purchase will be donated to the Minnesota Women's Consortium.6:40 Dinner - Choose from two delicious entree options, and sample C Sweets.7:15 Honors - Mistress of Ceremonies Cathy Wurzer, host of MPR's Morning Edition, TPT's Almanac, and producer of Tales of the Road - Highway 61.
Exceptional Achievement in Honoring Women's Dreams
Equal Place at the Table Honoree:
Center on Women & Public Policy, University of Minnesota - Debra Fitzpatrick
Woman-Centered Health Care Honoree:
Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota - Sarah Stoesz
Hnub Tshiab, Hmong Women Achieving Together - Nou Yang
Peace and Safety Honoree:
Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center - Suzanne Koepplinger
Economic Justice Honoree:
Life-Work Planning Center (Mankato) - Jean Willaert8:30 AdjournSENECA FALLS SOCIETYAbigail AdamsNina and Ken RothchildLucretia MottSally JorgensenKatherine Austin MahleSusan B. AnthonyJoyce S. PruddenYWCA of MinneapolisSojourner TruthJessica Trites RolleRosalie WahlIda Wells BarnettKathy AhrensCarol Freeman SENECA FALLS SOCIETY/ Clara UelandJan Jordet Connie Barry **** Sharon BigotSally Pillsbury Marilyn T. Bryant **** Lyn BurtonMary Jo Skaggs Ralph Ebbott **** Kay EricksonPatty Tanji Billie Franey **** Shelly FranzLauren Weck Ramsey County Attorney Susan GaertnerWestern Bank Rhoda Gilman **** Grace HarknessMeredith Hart **** Ruth HaydenMORE Seneca Falls/ Clara UelandJoan Higinbotham **** Karen Howell **** Teresa HudobaLorraine Kemmer **** Lurline Baker Kent **** Karen and Dave KirkwoodMary Louise Klas **** Tom Knabel and Kent Allin, UTSPerrin Lilly **** Becky Lourey **** Peggy LucasAnn Newhall **** Mary Nuebel **** Marilyn RaplingerNancy Rustad **** Ellen Sampson **** Heidi StennesEmily Anne Tuttle **** Clara Ueland **** Susan VentoBonnie Watkins and John Zakelj **** Lynelle Wood **** Ann WyniaNamed Table HostsMinnesota Nurses AssociationPlanned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South DakotaJessica Trites Rolle for Minnesota NOWSt. Cloud State University Women's Center and Student Life & DevelopmentSponsorsLouis B. Asher * Wendy Amundson * Karen J. Anderson * Anonymous * Rachel Callanan* Margaret Clayton * Janet Conn * Judy Corrao * Lyn Crosby * Janet Dieterich * Dunnwald & Peterson, P.A. * Sara Evans * Mary H. Gates * Susan McCormick Hadley * Nancy Hite* Marge Hols * Lori Jacobwith * Rep. Phyllis Kahn * Marlene Kayser * Maureen Kucera-Walsh * Patricia W. Lancaster * Becky Montgomery, MN Women's Political Caucus * Shirley Nelson * Linda Ojala, Ojala Law Office * Jane Olsen * Senator Sandy Pappas * Connie Perpich * Jan Rabbers * Andrea F. Rubenstein * Carol Sheggeby * Laurie Simon * Nora Slawik * Rosemary Smithson for US Women Connect * Diane Tran in honor of Sara Renn * Kay Williams * Dede Wolfson * Women's Programs of Employment Action Center * Kate Wulf
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Dear Members,It’s that time of year where we all take some time to reflect on the things that are most important to us and acknowledge everything we are thankful for. This year, we want to thank all of you for loyally attending our events. Because of you our organization has grown to almost 4,000 members. We realize the growing number of networking groups and events bombarding your calendars, so thank you for choosing to support the YPOTC. Our goal is to provide you with a safe, professional and fun environment to meet other young professionals in the Twin Cities area. To ensure that we’re providing you with the most valuable experience possible, we’re coming up with new opportunities and seeking out new partners to work with. We also value membership feedback and ideas, and welcome you to share them with us.
On behalf of the YPOTC board, we want to thank our Sponsors for promoting the YPOTC and for so generously donating the wonderful food for our events. We also want to thank the United States Marines for so graciously coming out on this chilly night to support our Toys for Tots drive. Words cannot express our appreciation for all you do for our country! We also want to acknowledge Farzad and the staff at The View for being such gracious hosts to our monthly happy hour events. Your generosity and flexibility are very much appreciated and we look forward to many more events with you. Thank you again for making 2010 a wonderful year, we look forward to the endless opportunities 2011 has in store. Happy Holidays and Happy New Years!Your 2010 YPOTC Board
YPOTC News & Announcements! YPOTC is looking to fill two board positions.
VP of Sponsorship
Mission: Bring value to YPOTC members’ professional lives by coordinating sponsorship for social and educational events.
Job Description: Prospects for and creates sponsorship opportunities for the YPOTC organization. In this role, you will be responsible for seeking out and securing sponsors for our various events. This includes but is not limited to food/drink sponsorship at the second Tuesday happy hours, possible venue sponsorships for the educational events and general YPOTC sponsorship funding. Coordinates event sponsorship with Social Events chair and Educational chair. This role will be responsible for all communications between sponsors and board.Requirements:
- High level of professionalism
- Ability to effectively communicate via email and phone
- Self starter with the ability to maximize networking skills
- Must be organized
- Able to attend one board meeting and one event per month and one education and community event annually
- Use YPOTC’s name and your affiliation in good faith
- Able to form a committee
- Have fun with itVP of Business AffairsPosition Responsibilities:
- Work with members to create all standard templates (meeting minutes, sign in sheet, Sponsorship Info, etc.)
- Summarize meeting minutes and email to board members in addition to saving in the shared folder.
- Manage Shared Folder
- Manage Bank account and sponsorship dollars
- Explore the possibility of becoming a 501c3Interested applicants should email their resume to Alanna Spotts at firstname.lastname@example.org by 12pm, January 18th. Please include which position you're applying for and a summary of why you think you're a good fit for the role. The top three candidates will be required to interview with the board the evening of 1/25/10. Candidates will be notified of the decision by 1/28/11.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
AmeriCorps service members will host community service projects on Monday, January 17, 2011 in honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Service projects have been organized across the state by the InterCorps Council of Minnesota as part of the MLK Day of Service.
AmeriCorps and other community members will “Make it a day on, not a day off,” by volunteering all across the state, in the Twin Cities metro area as well as St. Cloud, Duluth, Moorhead, and Crookston. AmeriCorps is a national service that engages over 1,400 individuals in service to Minnesota communities.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?' AmeriCorps members and community members volunteering on Monday will answer that question in full force.
For more information on the InterCorps Council of Minnesota and this service project, please visit http://sites.google.com/site/iccminnesota/ or call 612-366-8474.For more information on AmeriCorps members in Minnesota, please visitwww.serveminnesota.org or call 612-366-8474.Post-MLK Jr. Day Happy Hour at Merlin's RestPlease come join members of the ICC for a Post-MLK Day Happy Hour and hang out time at Merlin’s Rest Pub from 5-7 on Monday, January 17th. All ages are welcome with drink specials for those over 21. After 7pm feel free to stay for Merlin’s Rest Pub’s “Shanty Pub Singers.” This is great opportunity to meet members of AmeriCorps and learn about their service experiences for MLK Day. For directions or just to check out the venue follow the link below: http://merlinsrest.com/.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 201110:30AM - 12:30PMMinneapolis Central Library300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 55401Room N-202, Mark E. Johnson Conference Room
Monday, January 10, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Hi friends –
These days, people keep talking about “the new normal” in many walks of life. While Engine is new, I don’t think we can be considered normal quite yet. We offer a new way to engage in community activity, spend volunteer time and engage with talented peers. I recently got this testimonial from a participant on an Engine project:
“This project provided me with a unique opportunity to use my professional skills in a new and exciting way. Partnered with extremely talented professionals from all over the Twin Cities, I left our meetings energized, engaged and extremely motivated to do more. It is truly an amazing feeling to leverage your professional skills in a way that furthers the cause of a nonprofit organization and inspiring to meet so many other people that share your passion.”
We are currently seeking several more highly-skilled people to engage in important community activity in a new and compelling way. We look for people who want to:
Specific skills are not required, but backgrounds in marketing, sales, Six Sigma, HR, accounting, consulting, finance or general management are all a plus. We also have an IT reporting project.
- Develop their leadership and professional skills
- Build or enhance their network of highly-capable peers
- Engage in high-impact capacity-building for nonprofits
List of upcoming Engine projects - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TRMPJ9B
Participant application – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GM2RR7SPlease apply or pass this on to friends or colleagues who want a unique and engaging experience.One last thing – we just moved into our new office at 91 S 10th street (right near The Local) – keep an eye out for upcoming events!
Thanks, and Happy New Year!
Principal – Engine for Social InnovationVisit www.PoweredByEngine.com
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Inspiration and Overview
Rock Your Block is a safe and secure application that helps teens find ways to make money by connecting with adults in their neighborhood community. My inspiration for creating Rock Your Block is most appropriately credited to my work ambition as a young child and teenager. From about the age of 9, I would walk around the neighborhood with my dog with the hope that I would run into other dog-owners so I could hand them a business card and pitch my dog-walking and pet-sitting services. The dog-walking evolved into other types of odd jobs, such as taking care of pets, babysitting, bringing in mail and watering plants. Whatever odd job was available, I would do it.
As someone who grew up with the evolution of the Internet, I quickly became intrigued by the idea that professionals could find jobs through online services like LinkedIn and Monster.com. Then I started to wonder why there was never a service like this that targeted teens and youth looking for odd jobs. After loads of research, I began to conceptualize the idea for providing a service that helped teens find quick and simple jobs from people online. I wanted to build something that would be safer than Craigslist and more targeted toward teenagers. Teens always love to discover new ways to make money and are paying for more things themselves these days. With a busy schedule around school, athletics, and extracurriculars, it is hard for teens today to commit to even part-time jobs. Rock Your Block is the perfect alternative solution.
Rock Your Block is built off of the idea that teens often find odd jobs from people they or their parents already know. To leverage this referral and word-of-mouth method, we are building the application through Facebook. According to Pew Research Center, over 90% of teens use the Internet. So why not help make this time more productive by providing them with jobs through an online application using the most popular social networking site?
Building Rock Your Block within Facebook allows people to connect with others around them and with people in their network. Nowadays, people tend to turn to the Internet when it comes to connecting with others first before connecting face-to-face. Rock Your Block helps push people to that first step in connecting with people.
My vision is to help teens and their families understand the value in learning life skills such as helping others in their community, managing money, and creating a positive reputation. By establishing partnerships with schools, churches, and other community organizations, I will be able to promote the benefit that Rock Your Block can provide to help engage members of all different types of communities.
- A Beta-version of Rock Your Block will be available within the next few months. I am currently gathering volunteers to be the test group. This means these volunteers will get to be the first users of Rock Your Block for a free trial period.
- In order to find these potential users, I have been speaking with different high schools, community councils, community engagement organizations, and churches to gain feedback on how they would find value in Rock Your Block.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations was released by the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector in October 2007. The Guide outlines 33 practices designed to support board members and staff leaders of every charitable organization as they work to improve their own operations. The Panel encourages these leaders to examine the Principles carefully and determine how best they should be applied to their own operations. The development of these Principles included comprehensive analysis of over 50 systems of self-regulation and best practices, two public comment periods, and the involvement of charities and foundations nationwide. The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector has been dedicated to finding ways to strengthen governance, transparency, and ethical standards within the charitable community since its creation in October 2004 at the encouragement of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Bush Fellowship Program - OverviewIn 1965, the Bush Foundation began investing in individuals through fellowships. The three programs that evolved had disparate goals, but shared one belief—investing in individual artists, physicians and “leaders” from a broad range of disciplines would create broad impact for the communities in which they lived and worked, as well as for their fields. For the last 45 years, nearly 2,200 “Bush Fellows” have lived up to this belief and have achieved more for their communities than we would have ever dreamed.Inspired by the achievements of these Fellows, the Foundation will continue to invest in the capacity of individuals through the Bush Fellowship Program. While this fellowship program is informed by and replaces the three that went before it, the Bush Fellowship Program responds directly to the new challenges that face our communities.About the Bush Fellowship Program
- Applicants self-determine the community and demonstrate their connection to it, the problem/issue they want to address, and their plan for building their leadership capacity to address it.
- The main requirement of the proposed learning plan is that it prepares the applicant to mobilize others in their identified community to find solutions to the identified problem/issue.
- Grants will be for a minimum of $25,000 and a maximum of $75,000. Funding will be paid out over two years.
- The Bush Foundation expects to have a long-term relationship with Bush Fellows. In addition to the two years of funding, fellows also commit to engage with the Foundation to advance its goal of building leadership capacity within its defined geographic region for two more years immediately following the end of their funding as part of the fellowship.
- Bush Fellows will not be required to take a leave of absence from their employment in order to pursue the fellowship.
- A Bush Fellowship cannot be combined with participation in the Native Nations Rebuilders Program.