The rhythms and signals of this time of year are familiar and different all at once. Students are heading back to school with First Day photos or move-in days, yet with masking and social distancing requirements in place to support community health. The State Fair is dubbed the Great Minnesota Get-Back Together replete with longtime traditions, yet has experienced a noted decline in vendors and fairgoers this year. Our nation and globe are experiencing compounded grief from crises in Afghanistan, wildfires - including in our state, Hurricane Ida, the Delta variant, and more. We need community care more than ever, including knowing that the narrative is not only negative. To that end, consider nominating someone for the #MNCivicLeader campaign to uplift and celebrate everyday community members who go above and beyond to make a difference in Minnesota; donating to support refugee resettlement, disaster relief, climate justice, health equity, or any number of causes you’re presently drawn to address; or participating in upcoming events and opportunities below listed below to build connection and take local action. Above all, know that doing what is *yours* to do is enough. Today and every day.
YNPN Twin Cities Leadership Institute
The world needs better leaders. But, what makes a better leader? The 2021-22 YNPN Leadership Institute is designed to answer this question with a simple premise: unlearning leadership. This four-part institute will challenge participants to uproot old habits of leadership that are grounded in white supremacy culture - hierarchy, individualism, scarcity, and destructive competition - and plant, nurture and grow a new leadership framework. September 1 is the deadline for online and verbal interest forms to be completed. [Read more.]
Creative Economy Fellowship
The Creative Economy Fellowship is an unrestricted $10,000 award given individually to ten (10) BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Native artists in Minnesota. This program seeks to support and recognize artists who make and share tools designed to benefit as many artists as possible, with the belief that interconnected communities of artists create greater impact, and substantial, systems-wide change. [Learn more.]
The Bush Fellowship is a recognition of your extraordinary 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 to help you strengthen and develop your leadership. 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. 2022 Bush Fellowship applications will be accepted until noon Central on September 9. [Learn more.]
New Leaders Council - Twin Cities
New Leaders Council (NLC) develops, connects, and uplifts inclusive, cross-sector leaders who transform our country through social and political change rooted in equity. Anchored by its six-month action-oriented, engagement-focused training experience, the NLC Institute, the organization builds power among the leaders closest to their communities who will, and do, create the country we aspire to be. Applications due September 7 by 9pm CDT. [Apply online.]