In this season of dark and cold in the Bold North, we can be grateful that this time of hibernation and dormancy are providing the necessary ingredients for the seeds of creativity, connection, and hope within us to sprout in 2018. May you find what you need among the opportunities within this month's Dispatch, friends and family around you, and the larger community committed to taking action to improve health and vitality for all in the year ahead. "And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been." -Rainer Maria Rilke
Statewide social justice conference
MNxMN 2018: Beyond Resistance is a brand new social justice conference designed to bring new and experienced activists from around the state together to focus on issues affecting all Minnesotans. Our goal is for participants to become more effective advocates in preparation for the 2018 legislative session, mid-term elections and ongoing grassroots activism. This one-day event on Saturday, January 28 at Harding High School will feature workshops, speakers, forums and activities to deepen knowledge, develop advocacy skills and build relationships between new and existing activist organizations and individuals. [Read more.]
Somali Youth Anthology
Submissions due January 31
The Minnesota Humanities Center is excited to share that we are seeking submissions for a new anthology project of storytelling by Somali youth. This first-of-its kind anthology will be edited by community-leader Marian Hassan and will include the authentic, first-hand stories of Minnesota's Somali youth (ages 10-30). Through stories and storytelling, these youth will take inspiration and realize the power of their voices by sharing their experiences in a variety of creative formats, collected together as a tapestry of experience. First draft submissions are due January 31, 2018 and over the next few months will be workshopped into a final draft to submit to the editorial panel for final review and assessment. [Read more.]
Make It. MSP.
On Thursday, January 18, Travelers and the Science Museum of Minnesota will host a lively event for the professionals of color who help make our region thrive. This isn't your typical professional networking event, you’ll engage with new people and have the opportunity to connect post-event. Join us to make new connections across organizations and build towards a more supportive, inclusive community! This MSP Mingle includes the added opportunity to experience the Science Museum's popular RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit with the curator responsible for its creation and the museum's equity and access leadership staff. [Read more.]
Better Angels Moderator Training
Applications due January 16 at 11:59pm
Do you want to bring together people who lean red and blue politically to talk with, rather than simply at or about one another? Some workshops in Minnesota and elsewhere have produced ongoing Better Angels alliances of liberals and conservatives working together in their community. Minnesota Campus Compact and Better Angels are co-sponsoring a training on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Augsburg College for people interested in organizing and moderating workshops. Please note that participation in the moderator training is limited to 25 people, with preference given to people at Minnesota Campus Compact member institutions. [Read more.]
It's the season for gratitude and we give thanks for all of you in our network - who you are and the commitment you have to our communities. In so many ways, we are living in an unprecedented time. While that can at times feel volatile, uncertain, and exhausting, we know there are equally as many stories--large and small, public and personal--of engaged generosity, profound connection, and transformative change. Wishing you and yours the space and sight to witness all the light within and around us now.
Apply for a Stipend to Attend 2018 PolicyLink Equity Summit
The Alliance has recently announced the availability of stipend funds for Twin Cities leaders to attend PolicyLink's upcomingEquity Summit: Our Power. Our Future. Our Nation. This summit will take place Wednesday, April 11-Friday, April 13 and is located in Chicago, IL. Individuals interested in receiving a stipend should fill out an application and turn it into Margo Fritz at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, December 11. A community-led committee will review the applications and award stipends to help broaden the Minnesota Delegation attending the conference. Final announcements will be made sometime after Wednesday, December 20. [Read more.]
Good Night Market
Thursday, December 14 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Good Night Market is a dusk inspired pop-up market showcasing local, socially conscious brands, businesses, and makers. Spend a wintry evening at the Traffic Zone Art Gallery, enjoying food, art, and shopping that makes a difference in the world with every purchase. Whether you are looking for that perfect last minute gift or a customized gift set, let the Good Night Market be your destination for amazing products and gifts with a great story! [Read more.]
"Give to the Max 2017 sails past $20 million high mark"
"Give to the Max, Minnesota’s one-day online giving marathon, shattered last year’s record-setting $20.1 million total. Donations were climbing past $20.6 million late Thursday, with money still pouring in as the midnight deadline passed. Give to the Max’s five staffers had been working around the clock all week to ensure a smooth experience for thousands of donors, registered nonprofits and schools, said Jake Blumberg, executive director of the nonprofit that runs the online fundraiser. 'It just really is an incredible celebration of generosity for our ninth year in a row,' Blumberg said. 'We are thrilled to really shine a light on those organizations.'” [Read more.]
Policy and a Pint®
The Caregiving Sandwich: Caring for older adults and children in Minnesota
Join the Citizens League and 89.3 The Current on December 5th, 2017 at Midpointe Event Center. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of people 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060. In Minnesota, the height of the age boom will take place at the same time that the growth in the labor force—a key ingredient for economic growth—drops to almost zero. This unprecedented demographic shift will have an impact on all levels of public policy, from Social Security and Medicare to employment productivity and scholastic achievement. [Read more.]
As we in the Northern Hemisphere transition into the new, yet familiar, rhythms that fall brings, it's a ripe time for (re-)connection. In the weeks ahead, join Minnesota Rising at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2017 annual conference during the "Identity and Professional Development: Supporting Early-Career Professionals of Color" session and/or LOCUS at our next Family Dinner on October 4 to check in on and with one another. Whether at one of these events or another among those listed in this month's Dispatch, we hope you'll heed the calls for action, community-building, and taking steps to build the world we want to reap this harvest season.
2017 Civic Celebration
Rub elbows with other politically interested Minnesotans, catch up with old friends, meet new and interesting people – and have a good time doing it – at our annual Civic Celebration! Come for the social hour with complimentary bites, cash bar, and lively meet-and-greet, and stay for our program where we'll honor two civic trailblazers: Dr. Josie Johnson and Susan Kimberly. Our honorees this year have shown how an individual person can blaze a path that has ripple effects throughout the generations. We hope you can join us Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 5:30 at the Minneapolis Event Center! " [Read more.]
Young Professional Networking Event
Ann Bancroft Foundation
The blending of giving back to the community and career advancement is a natural combination; especially here in Minnesota. The Ann Bancroft Foundation invites Twin Cities professionals ages 22-35 to explore the power of philanthropy for donors and recipients, the importance of mentor relationships and how to integrate those two components into your career adventure. We will also share how the Ann Bancroft Foundation is beginning that education early for Minnesota girls through our grant and mentorship programs. 7:30am - 9:00am at Securian Club at CHS Field on Thursday, October 12. [Read more.]
It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race 2017
YWCA of Minneapolis
Minnesota communities struggle with some of the nation's worst racial disparities. This year's event will feature Sun Yung Shin, editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, a provocative book where 16 of Minnesota's best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota. Shin will facilitate and guide a panel discussion regarding current concerns in our community with seven contributors from the book. Over 1,000 diverse leaders from business, education, arts and community service will come together on Tuesday, October 17 from 11:30am - 1:30pm to move Minnesota forward through honest conversation about race. [Read more.]
Make It. MSP. Summit
You Make It. MSP.
Make It. MSP. is You. You make the region what it is and you will be critical to shaping its future. Whether you've been working on the inititiave with us since the beginning, or are wanting to learn more about how to get involved, join us as we celebrate YOU and showcase how it takes everyone coming together to make our region stronger. We invite you to dig in deeper and continue on the journey with us as we shape what's to come. Friday, October 27 from 12:15pm - 6:30pm at TCF Bank Stadium. [Read more.]
From Hurricane Harvey to Charlottesville, this month's headlines hurt the heart. More than ever, as the stakes become increasingly higher and the challenges painstakingly extreme, we are reminded we must seek and speak the truth; call out racism, hate, and bigotry in all forms; and more importantly, go beyond merely discerning and disparaging to do the life-giving work of holding space, building relationships, and ultimately creating the kind of community that knows, values, and is in relationship with one another and the earth. And especially doing so in a way that honors the need for our self-care and collective care. May we bring light and heat to what the world calls forth from each of us now.
Seeking visual identity and web designer
LOCUS is seeking proposals to assist with updating our visual identity and website. Deliverables include a LOCUS logo and website with a project timeline of October 1 - December 31, 2017. Applicants should have a POCI-lens centered in the experiences of indigenous leaders and leaders of color that translates into writing and designing from this perspective. Through the generous support of the Linking Leaders Initiative of the F.R. Bigelow Foundation, funding of up to $6,000 is available for all costs related to this project, including design, production, and hosting. To receive a copy of the full Request for Proposal or with questions, email Diane at email@example.com. Proposals due by 5:00pm on Friday, September 22.
2017 Elections Summit
Secretary of State
America’s increasing reliance on social media creates exciting new opportunities in the realm of elections. Facebook’s pioneering effort in 2016 to make voter registration easier and more accessible reduced costs for taxpayers and increased citizen engagement in Minnesota. The effort helped Minnesota to regain its #1 ranking in voter turnout. The 2017 Minnesota Election Summit, which serves as the University's 2017 Constitution Day event, brings together Facebook leaders with Secretary of State Steve Simon and others to spotlight the breakthroughs in 2016 and lessons for 2017 and beyond. Join us Thursday, September 14, Noon - 1:30 p.m. at the Cowles Auditorium at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. [Learn more.]
Seeking grant reviewers
MRAC is now accepting inquiries for new grant review panelists! MRAC holds panels year-round to support each of our grant programs and we take great effort to make sure our review panels the reflect diversity from across the region. As a panelist, you'll review peer applicant groups which can include small non-profits and informal groups (arts and non-arts related). Ideal panelists bring a diverse personal, professional, and artistic backgrounds from across the 7-county Twin Cities Metro area. To inquire further, please contact Oskar Ly, Community Connections Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: Panelist inquiry. [Read more.]
North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship
Nexus Community Partners
Nexus is pleased to announce The North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship. The North Star Fellowship is a four-month fellowship focused on Black American Cooperative Economics. North Star teaches Black Cooperative Economic local and national history, rethinking capitalism, support and network new black coop enterprises and their leaders, analyze local cooperative resources and institutions and support emerging cooperative businesses. The North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship is centered on the history of Black cooperative economic thought and practice. We place priority on applicants who share the ancestry of Enslaved Africans in the United States and place value on their legacy of cooperative economics and collective care. The North Star Black Cooperative Fall Session Applications are now open August 15 and will close by September 15, 5:00pm. [Learn more.]
Drawing inspiration to fully embrace these days and this season from Mary Oliver's "The Summer Day," we leave you this month merely with an excerpt of her poetry:
I don't know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Cafe Conversations 2017
YNPN Twin Cities
It’s that time of year for a YNPN-TC member-favorite event! Join like-minded peers for small conversation circles at this year’s Cafe Conversations (Saturday, August 19, 10:00-12:00).There is a talk for everyone! The conversations will range from serious topics like racial equity and political advocacy to personal discussions about parenthood and the question "Am I still a young professional if I'm in my 30s?" Choose your own adventure from the full list of sessions (each has its own page where you can read a description of the session, learn about the facilitator, and register to participate). Each conversation will only have 10-15 participants, so make sure to register before your favorite session is full! [Read more.]
The CARE Fellowship aims to provide early childhood development and school-age care professionals an opportunity to connect the dots between early childhood development and school-age care public policy and the daily work of caring for and supporting children and families. Over 200 individuals from throughout Minnesota have graduated from the CARE Fellowship. Participants will learn how they can be effective advocates for the early childhood and afterschool fields when engaging and educating policymakers at all levels of government. Advocacy is about changing the conversation and defining the debate. Participants will learn how to use their voice and share their story to impact change. Applications for the 2017-18 cohort are due August 11. [Read more.]
Recruiting Fellows and Mentors
Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LOTT)
The LOTT program empowers emerging professional women to envision themselves as leaders professionally, personally, and in their communities. The 2017-2018 program will run from September 2017 through April 2018 and will include one-on-one mentoring, leadership workshops, networking opportunities, and more. LOTT fellows are challenged to cultivate the leadership skills they already have in order to envision themselves as current leaders and plan for future leadership opportunities. The program is also a chance for experienced professional women to share their knowledge and develop the next generation of female leaders! The 2017 application deadline is August 11. [Read more.]
Seeking Multicultural Leadership for Advisory Board
Minnesota's National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is seeking young adults between 18-35 to serve on a multicultural advisory board. Members of the board will assist NAMI Minnesota in providing education and outreach to build positive relationships with Minnesota's multicultural communities. Board members will gain experience working for a nonprofit, and will receive mental health psychoeducation and peer–support training. Members will assist in developing and piloting peer-based anti-stigma campaigns, and will be provided access to NAMI Minnesota's state mental health conference, research dinner, and annual mental health walk. To apply, email a resume and statement of interest to email@example.com, attention: Cynthia Fashaw by September 24.