The conclusion of a year offers a meaningful chance to reflect on what has transpired in one's community, relationships, and self over the last twelve months. The past 365 days have been full of happy, hard, and historic moments around the nation and world. Those things we've encountered and carried in 2016 we can now choose to let go of or bring forward with us as we step across the threshold into a new year. Wishing you and yours the best of intentions, opportunities, and life in 2017. Happy holidays and happy new year!
2016-17 Community Equity Pipeline Launch
Come celebrate the 2016-17 CEP cohort on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 10:30am - 12:00pm. Join us for the 2016-2017 official Community Equity Pipeline Launch to meet the new cohort of leaders who will be supporting and championing state legislation proposed during this year's state legislative session. We are excited to introduce the 14 amazing leaders in the program who represent various communities from across the Twin Cities Metro Area. In addition to introducing this new cohort of leaders doing powerful work at our state capitol for underrepresented communities we will also hear a few words from supporters of the program. The Community Equity Pipeline (CEP) is an immersive 10-month leadership program run out of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation that brings together up to 15 community and nonprofit indigenous leaders and leaders of color to have a powerful and influential voice in the legislative process in order to drive social change and transform lives in Minnesota. Participants learn through a framework that focuses on legislative training, immersion in legislative advocacy, a cohort learning community, and active engagement within their communities through a train-the-trainer model. [Read more.]
January Day of Service
YNPN Twin Cities
Ready to release some mid-winter pent-up energy by doing something good for your community, while also connecting with other YNPN-TC members? Join us as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day a few days early! We'll be meeting on January 14, 2017 from 1pm - 4pm at the Arc Value Village in Richfield to assist with receiving donations, unpacking and sorting donations, hanging clothing items for the sales floor, placing new items on the sales floor, and straightening the sales floor. There will be plenty of opportunity for networking while volunteering, but for those looking for more chances to connect, we'll be meeting up at a nearby restaurant for more social time after we're off-duty. The Arc Greater Twin Cities promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families trust The Arc for information, assistance, education and training. Disabilities may include autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, fragile X and other disabilities. [Read more.]
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.]