Cheers were in order at this month's Minnesota Rising Cascading Conversations Tour 2014 Advance Team Ice Cream Social: Minnesota Rising was featured in the most recent edition of Initiative Quarterly and planning has begun in earnest for the 2014 Un/Conference. While we urge you to take every opportunity to bask in the sunshine, we also welcome you inside our efforts to pull off our best annual Un/Conference yet. See below for more details and we hope to see you yet this summer!
Now Recruiting: 2014 U/C Volunteers
Hosted by and for emerging leaders, the 2014 Minnesota Rising Un/Conference will engage 150 emerging leaders across the state in an energizing day of innovative learning and dialogue, skill-building, and network-building with their peers! The fifth annual Un/Conference, slated for November 2014, will explore themes of inquiry and the emerging future through engaging breakout sessions, inspiring speakers, and a highly interactive learning lab.
Minnesota Rising is seeking volunteers to serve on the Un/Conference planning team, in the areas of logistics, content and program, and outreach. Have expertise + experience and/or interest + energy to lend over the next 4 months? We welcome you to join us on Tuesday, August 5th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm for our next planning meeting! [RSVP here.]
Adam Yust, YNPN Twin Cities Blog
Have you ever felt like the youngest person in the room? Growing up in a civically-engaged family, I constantly found myself the youngest person at neighborhood meetings.
In 2000, at age 13, I went on the record at a Saint Paul community meeting to oppose a project that would have destroyed aspects of my neighborhood. A bus-way from downtown Saint Paul to Mall of America was proposed to travel down the center of West 7th Street. This transit project would have cut service levels, divided the neighborhood in half, and taken away boulevard trees. Because of my young age, people at the meeting asked me, "Why are you here?" I answered, "I'm here because I care." [Read more.]
Generation Next: The Millennials
Franz Vancura always thought he'd practice law in the Twin Cities. That certainly was the plan when a Minneapolis law firm hired him in 2011. But when his new employer encouraged the recent University of St. Thomas School of Law graduate to take a year to clerk for a judge before jumping into life as a corporate attorney, Vancura didn't pursue any opportunities in the metro area. "I applied to any judge north of Brainerd," said the New Ulm native.
Vancura's interest in the region started when he was young. His family owned property on Little Webb Lake in Hackensack and he had happy memories of fishing and relaxing with friends and relatives on the lake. "I had a real connection with the geography and nature of the area," he said. When he was hired by Judge John P. Smith in Walker, Vancura packed up his Minneapolis condo and moved to a cabin in the woods on Horseshoe Lake. [Read more.]
Seeking Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellows
Minnesota Council on Foundations
MCF's Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship, which we opened applications for earlier this month, will prepare individuals from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy. But the fellowship is about more than changing the face of leadership in philanthropy; it's about infusing new ideas and viewpoints into the field.
Are you interested in applying to be a Ron McKinley Philanthropy fellow? Do you have questions about the application process? Join Alfonso Wenker, MCF director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, for a short informational webinar about the process and the program on Thursday, August 7, at 3 p.m. Alfonso will provide a high-level overview of the program and take questions from participants. [Read more].
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