Given our ongoing reflection during this past year in celebration of our 10 year anniversary, we've had ample opportunity to ruminate on the past decade and all of the relationship-, trust-, network-building and vision-setting we have been privileged to undertake alongside thousands of rising Minnesotans through conversations, events, and other partnerships. Thanks again to each of you who has been a part of these ten years of learning, laughter, innovation, creativity, fun, and connectedness in pursuit of a Minnesota that reflects, welcomes, and lifts up all who call this place home. Wishing you and yours every good thing in 2020 and the decade ahead!
Lunar Startups x The Coven
Lunar Startups is a new model for startup incubation specializing in growth, connection, and innovation for women, people of color, and other high potential entrepreneurs. Lunar is now accepting applications for the third cohort of startups and will be at The Coven St. Paul on Wednesday, January 8 at 12:00pm to answer questions, share information about the program, and connect to you, the entrepreneurs changing the status bro. Agenda: *12:00 - 1:00 pm: Lunch with Lunar - Managing Director, Danielle Steer, will share more info about the program, the application, and how Lunar is making more Minnesota millionaires. *1:00 - 3:00 pm: Danielle will stick around for office hours, answering any questions you might have about your business and the program. [RSVP online.]
Apply: Humanities Innovation Lab
The Humanities Innovation Lab supports individuals or organizations who use humanities practices and subject matters to make small steps toward a big idea. These projects will create opportunities for all Minnesotans to think critically using the humanities in their communities, and engage Minnesotans of all ages in appreciation, expression, and connection to their history, heritage, and community. The Lab supports experimenting, playing, learning, and growing as the essential spark for humanities ideas with public impact. The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) values collaboration, good ideas, and community-driven solutions, so also looks to fund opportunities that could lead to deeper engagement and partnership. Application deadline: January 16 at 11:59pm. [Learn more.]
“Crossroads: An Anthology of Resilience and Hope by Young Somali Writers”
For the past two years, the Minnesota Humanities Center has been hard at work with Somali-community partners developing “Crossroads: An Anthology of Resilience and Hope by Young Somali Writers,” an anthology of writing by youth and young adult Somali Minnesotans. Edited by author and educator Marian Hassan, this first-of-its-kind collection serves as a necessary pillar of self-representation in this politically challenging time in history. The poets and writers within these pages are at continuous stages of transition and intersection: between childhood and adulthood, Somali and American culture, their own expectations versus the world’s. As these writers explore their own histories, their dreams, determination, and journeys of self-discovery are sure to inspire pride and understanding in all who read them. [Read more.]
Apply: WFMN Innovators
The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (WFMN) believes in the leadership and ideas of young women in our state. Young women of color, American Indian young women, young women from Greater Minnesota, LGBTQ+ youth, and young women with disabilities, between the ages 16-24, are invited to apply to become WFMN Innovators. Through the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota’s WFMN Innovators program, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota provides microgrants of $2,500 directly to young women (ages 16-24) to support their leadership and to drive their ideas and solutions that advance key recommendations in the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN) Blueprint for Action. Applications are due January 7, 2020. [Read more.]
Thanks to all those who joined in on the festivities or sent warm wishes in anticipation of Minnesota Rising's 10th Anniversary Celebration earlier this month. In the spirit of gratitude for 10 years as an evolving, (un-)learning statewide network and in recognition of the Dakota and Anishinaabe native nations that are original and modern-day inhabitants of this land we call Minnesota, we remain ever-aspiring to build relationships, trust, and a shared vision for our communities and all those who will come after us.
Thank you for being a part of the past 10 years of Minnesota Rising and we hope you'll join us for another decade of building the network for what's next!
Living and Leading with Empathy
Come join the Twin Cities Business Peer Network for an engaging and interactive workshop on Leveraging Empathy to enhance your leadership and improve your results. Learn best practices on how to use elements of Emotional Intelligence in everyday situations to improve connection, communication, and trust. Meet and network with other business and community leaders in the Twin Cities as you go through various scenarios with examples of when and how to use empathy to help build more effective personal and professional relationships. This workshop includes a presentation and multiple videos and role play exercises. Dress Code: Business casual or casual. [Read more.]
Food justice workshops across Minnesota
The University of Minnesota Extension and food justice leaders around the state are working together to equip people with the skills and tools to cultivate meaningful dialogue that leads to action. The team is delighted to offer workshops around Minnesota to support other leaders who are working to create a more just food system. Come ready to learn new skills, form new relationships and work with others to advance strategic efforts like the Minnesota Food Charter. At these workshops you will: Learn how to engage in and lead collaborative work in the food system; Gain valuable methods and practical tools for facilitation; Connect with others in powerful, action-oriented conversations; Become a more effective agent of change in your organization and/or community. Choose from workshops in Rochester, Saint Paul, Willmar, North Minneapolis, Eagan, Duluth, and Moorhead. [Register online.]
Lower Phalen Creek Project Winter Bird Count
A bird count is a free, fun, and easy way for bird watchers of all ages to engage in citizen science by counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants will identify and count birds at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary and report sightings online for analysis which helps guide scientists and policy-makers in addressing the needs of birds. Each session will be led by local birders - Monica Bryand, Abbie Anderson, and/or Maggie Lorenz. Bring binoculars if you have them, there will be a few to borrow if needed. Meet at the entrance to Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary at 4th and Commercial St. Dress for the weather. [More info.]
The Winter Guide
Help newcomers prepare for winter with Make It. MSP.'s Online Winter Guide! Make It. MSP. research has shown that Minnesota winters can be a significant source of anxiety for newcomers - especially those who have never experienced a midwest winter before moving here. It's not just about knowing if and when you need to winterize your car. It's also about connecting newcomers to the local activities, traditions, and events across the Greater MSP region that make this season great. Make It. MSP. created the free online Winter Guide to help newcomers prepare for and navigate their snowy seasons in Greater MSP. With everything from a winter lingo glossary and transportation guide to events calendars and seasonal recipes, this resource empowers residents to make the most of their winter experience. [Learn more.]
As we recognized Indigenous People's Day earlier this month and El Día de los Muertos and Election Day 2019 approach, it’s a time to honor the past as well as to prepare for our future. In the same manner, we are excited to be celebrating 10 years of Minnesota Rising this year and invite you to join us to toast to another decade of building the network for what's next.
Register for the "Minnesota Rising 10 Year Anniversary Celebration" at Soberfish on Monday, November 18 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm and come through for an opportunity to reconnect, celebrate, and continue thinking about our individual and collective futures in Minnesota. Light appetizers will be provided along with some lightly facilitated opportunities for connecting. We look forward to seeing you there to cheers to 10 more years!
YNPN-TC Board Applications
YNPN-TC has made it their mission to provide and promote opportunities for the development of young nonprofit professionals in Minneapolis-St. Paul. The application to join the YNPN Twin Cities Board of Directors is now officially open! Joining the leadership team for YNPN-TC is a great way to practice new professional skills, build incredible relationships, and support your fellow young nonprofit professionals in the sector. NOTE: To complete your application, you must fill out the google form and submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Your name 2019 YNPN-TC Board Application." Applications close on Monday, November 11. [Learn more.]
Accepting New Sector RISE Applications
New Sector's RISE Fellowship is a year-long premier professional development program designed for emerging leaders with up to 5 years of professional work experience. New Sector is seeking candidates for the 2020 RISE Fellowship in the Twin Cities and looking for highly motivated, skilled, early-career professionals who are passionate about social impact. The program accepts applications as they arrive, with a final deadline of November 15th. New Sector matches Fellows into full-time employment at one of their social impact partner host-sites in the Twin Cities, while providing monthly professional development training, mentorship, and individual career coaching to support the Fellows' long-term careers in the social sector. Fellows can also apply to gain access to New Sector's professional development if they are in existing social impact jobs. [Learn more.]
Cultural Healing Summit
The Mental Health and Wellness Action Team of Ramsey County Public Health is hosting a free Cultural Healing Summit on November 16th, 2019 from 9am – 3:30pm at the Washington Technology Magnet School. This Summit welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in community discussions and activities around healing and wellness. This is a family event and children are encouraged to attend. Breakout sessions led by community healers will promote equitable strategies to achieve positive health outcomes and healing including: Indigenous Self-Healing, Radical Self-Love Meditation and Sound Healing. [Learn more.]
Dreaming Together Network Applications
Applications are now open for the Dreaming Together Network, a BIPOC Mentor/Mentee network by and for BIPOC individuals. This network is designed to explore identity and create a sustainable and supportive community and to uplift the BIPOC network of emerging and current professionals of all ages. Applications for the program are due December 1, 2019. They are seeking:
-Mentors, who are individuals that feel comfortable providing guidance on a variety of topics (i.e. based on the mentor/mentee relationship). Mentors must have at LEAST 3+ years within their respective field.
-Mentees, who are individuals that seek support in cultivating unlearned skills. (There is no required age restriction) -"Dreaming Together" Committee Team members, individuals that wish to support this network through commitment to meetings, assistance with logistics, and applying for/seeking funding. [Learn more.]
This month's autumnal equinox helped those of us in the northern hemisphere cross the threshold into the fall season. And so we try to imitate nature by creating a sense of welcome; in this case, as a part of MSP Welcome Week 2019. Thanks to Make It. MSP. for partnering on a great LOCUS MSP Welcome Week Family Dinner to connect with longtime and newer residents of the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area!
MSP Welcome Week Family Dinner at Gandhi Mahal
In the spirit of building connections to lead our communities, League of Women Voters St. Paul (LWVSP) holds nonpartisan candidate forums each election cycle for local elected offices, with opportunities for the public to meet the candidates and put forth questions to them about leadership of the city. The October dates for its upcoming St. Paul City Council candidate forums are listed on their online events calendar. All candidate forums are free and open to the public. Join them or other organizations hosting events in this month's Dispatch to engage in active citizenship!
YNPN-TC Peer Mentor Program
YNPN-TC is launching a Peer Mentor Program in October. The Program will feature mentor groups that meet once a month to challenge and engage with each other. This is a Peer Mentor Program, so program planners do not expect anyone to provide career counseling or career opportunities. This is a safe space meant for brainstorming, collaboration and support. Kick-off is estimated to take place from 5-8 PM on Thursday, October 24 at Impact Hub MSP. You should consider this program if you want to share your own experiences, learn from others in your field, demonstrate leadership skills and expand your network! Fill out the survey, register online, and keep an eye out on the YNPN Twin Cities website for more details! [Learn more.]
Accepting Shannon Leadership Institute Applications
The James P. Shannon Leadership Institute's mission is to nurture the creativity and vitality of community-serving leaders from all sectors. The Shannon Institute provides a structured, challenging, and supportive opportunity for these experienced community leaders to clarify the purpose of their work and the core values they want that work to exemplify, to enhance their focus and effectiveness, and to increase their sense of fulfillment. The result that the Institute achieves is purposeful and effective leadership with a renewed commitment to community service. Ready to reflect on why your work is important or how you might do it more effectively with a renewed commitment to service? Apply now to join the Shannon in 2020: deadline is October 15, 2019. [Learn more.]
Accepting HEAL Council Applications
Health Equity Advisory and Leadership (HEAL) Council is now accepting applications. HEAL was created as part of a broader effort by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to address statewide inequities in health status. HEAL represents the voices of many communities most impacted by health inequities across the state, including racial and ethnic minority groups, American Indians, rural Minnesotans, Minnesotans with disabilities, LGBTQ community members, and refugees and immigrants. The knowledge and wisdom of council members will enhance the work of MDH in advancing health equity for all communities in Minnesota. Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019. [Learn more.]
Apply to be a Bush Fellow
The Bush Fellowship is a recognition of your accomplishments and support for your potential. It is an investment in you, so that you can make a difference in your community. The Fellowship is a flexible grant of up to $100,000 intended to help you strengthen and develop your leadership. It gives you the resources and time you need to reflect, build your leadership skills and learn new ways to make a positive impact. As a Fellow, you define your own vision and create a unique Fellowship plan to learn the skills and build the relationships that will help you make your vision a reality. You are encouraged to think bigger and differently about what is possible for yourself and your communities. Deadline: Thursday, October 24, 2019 at noon CT. [Learn more.]