The personal is political, always and again. This month we marked 50 years of Pride even as historic legal and political decisions diminished the rights and agency of women and people with regard to privacy, bodily autonomy, and reproductive health. These decisions will result in deepened health disparities, exacerbated for Black, Indigenous, communities of color, and/or low-income communities already hardest hit by the pandemic. To preserve remaining protections and advance health equity, support organizations improving access to care and reproductive health, mobilize for the mid-term elections at all levels of policymaking, and of critical importance, recognize that it's okay to not be okay and take time for nurturing personal care.
Neighborhood Leadership Program
Applications for the 2022-2023 NLP cohort are now open – apply by July 6, 2022! The Neighborhood Leadership Program (NLP) is a seven-month program that brings a cohort of 15 people together who are interested in sharing and learning stories of how people engage the tenets of self-awareness, working across differences and value-based action to create new counter-stories (transformation) in the places where they do life. Participants will spend the next seven months organizing their personal and shared knowledge/stories to clarify the narrative they want to enliven to shape future mindsets, relationships, power dynamic, practices, policies, and resource flow. [Read more.]
Elizabeth Kearney Women's Leadership Program
In 2022, YWCA Mankato is offering a 10-month program that begins in September and ends in June 2023. The program meets in person once a month from 8:30am - 4:30pm. Elizabeth Kearney Women's Leadership (EKWL) is a strengths-based leadership program with a gender and racial justice lens open to all women. The program takes a cohort of women through professional and personal leadership development. Participants identify their strengths, build skills, learn about civic engagement, network, hear from guest speakers, and leave prepared to address common leadership challenges facing women. [Learn more.]
PRISM (Promoting Rural Interconnections for Sexual Minorities) grant support rural LGBTQ+ organizations from across PFund’s five-state service area. PRISM grants are a new initiative being piloted by PFund in 2022 and made possible in part due to funding from the Northwest Area Foundation. The first application period for PRISM grants will run from June 1 - August 31, 2022. To apply for a PRISM grant, groups must meet the following qualifications: -Organizations must be based in a rural community or serve rural populations (defined as small and mid-sized towns under 50,000 people). -Registered as 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the IRS. Informal groups with a nonprofit organization serving as a fiscal sponsor are also eligible to apply. [Learn more.]
"We Are Water MN"
"We Are Water MN" builds networks of people who protect and affect water, hosts a traveling exhibit that shares messages about water in Minnesota, and designs public programming that builds relationships with and responsibilities to water. The "We Are Water MN" partners seek applications for a new cohort of host communities. Selected communities may receive contracts of up to $10,000 with the Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) to offset project-related costs. MHC encourages organizations in small and suburban communities to apply. This funding is available through support of the Clean Water Fund of the Minnesota Legacy Amendment. Proposals due: 11:59 p.m. July 22, 2022. [Read more.]
The arrival of longer and warmer days brings some measure of hope to Minnesotans for happier times ahead but this past month was undoubtedly a heavy one. Last week marked the two year memorial of the murder of George Floyd as well as the second deadliest school shooting on record in U.S. history. Our hearts are heavy for victims of violence of every kind and compel us to work to create safety, heal in community, and initiate connections and actions that grow trust. In that spirit, let's look to upcoming local opportunities, including Juneteenth and Twin Cities Pride, to engage with one another across difference, commemorate our shared stories, and uplift our collective communities.
The next Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) fellowship is now open for candidate nominations and applications. Ideal nominees must:
-Be personally focused on advancing equity for people of color and other underrepresented communities
-Be 18 years of age
-Meet the residency requirements of the board or commission they are interested in sitting on (i.e. live, work, own business, etc.)
-Commit to attending all monthly trainings and events
-Commit to serving on a board or commission after completion of the BCLI
ServeMN is announcing two new career pathway programs slated to begin in late summer. -Emerging Educators | Career pathway program aimed at BIPOC AmeriCorps members interested in teaching. Service members will earn an associate's degree in teaching at Minneapolis College at little or no cost in addition to standard AmeriCorps benefits. Application Deadline: July 29. -Public Health Corps | As part of Public Health Corps, AmeriCorps members serve as Public Health Project Coordinators to help meet emerging public health needs and to grow the public health workforce. Application Deadline: August 10.
Leadership Twin Cities
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber has opened applications for Leadership Twin Cities (LTC), a nine-month professional development program kicking off in September. Program topics include regional cultures, racial consciousness, economic development, public safety/justice, public health, government, education, sustainability, the arts, and more. The program includes experiential learning, group projects, and interactive discussions with community leaders. An upcoming information session on Thursday, June 2 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm will provide program information and allow time for questions. Applications are due June 17th. [Read more.]
Comcast RISE $10,000 Grant Awards
For the second time in less than one year, Comcast RISE will award another $1 million in grants – $10,000 each – to 100 Twin Cities small businesses owned by people of color or women to help grow their businesses, create jobs, and play a vital role in supporting local communities. The application is open from June 1, and through June 14, here in the Twin Cities and includes Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties. Recipients will be announced in late July. Comcast RISE was launched in late 2020, a national effort to uplift and support local small businesses most negatively impacted by the pandemic. [Learn more.]
We're hopeful April showers (and snow, for that matter) bring May flowers and spring blooms to Mni Sóta Maḳoce in time for American Indian Month in Minnesota and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022 in the United States. Clyde Bellecourt's passing earlier this year, the last living founder of the American Indian Movement started in Minneapolis, stirred reflections on the progress he and others were able to advance in developing programs and community change, as well as showing how much work remains to honor treaties and the First Peoples of this land. Elaine Salinas was quoted in the Star Tribune, "What AIM did in this country is awaken Indian people — Indian tribes and urban Indian people who had been so beaten down. AIM said we are proud people, we are a resilient people, and we have to challenge institutions that marginalized us and destroyed our lives. It was a very powerful message." May we honor Indigenous, im/migrant, and all our relations through opportunities for connection and restoration shared in this Dispatch and by others working to advance Native sovereignty and ways across this Land Where the Waters Reflect the Clouds.
Humphrey Policy Fellows
The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance (CSPG) offers professional development for Minnesota leaders through the Policy Fellows program. The Policy Fellows program provides emerging and mid-career professionals a renowned public affairs leadership development experience. Each year, approximately 35 leaders from government, business/industry, and nonprofit organizations from around the state are selected through a competitive application process. Applicants should live and work primarily in Minnesota, be a leader or emerging leader in their field of work and have a strong record of contributing to their community or working toward the common good. [Learn more.]
Rotary Peace Fellowship
Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals to become effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and internship and field-study expenses. The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with work experience in peace and development. Fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities. [Read more.]
Be the change America needs. The Move for America Fellowship Program is a paid, immersive learning experience for emerging leaders to move across America's cultural, political, and geographic fault lines to live, learn, and serve. Fellows will serve in community-based organizations, build relationships, and learn about their host town. They will participate in professional development sessions, peer mentorship, and complete a capstone project designed to build the skills and habits to bridge divides through youth engagement. Applications are available now, with a May 6 rolling deadline, and review process ongoing until all current positions are filled.[Learn more.]
This month's Vernal Equinox, springing forward with Daylight Saving Time, and vacillating between shorts weather and spring snowstorms are reminders that we are in a season of emergence, in a liminal zone that is both familiar and novel. March is also International Women's Month and a time to honor the feminine within ourselves and the world. Locally, the Citizens League Civic Celebration last week honored the late Kao Ly Ilean Her and Joan Growe, former Secretary of State who introduced the iconic red "I Voted" stickers to Minnesota. On the national level, we lost the first female United States Secretary of State with the passing of Madeleine Albright. May her memory be for a blessing and her wise words guide us in this time when a new earth is springing forth:
“The real question is: who has the responsibility to uphold human rights? The answer to that is: everyone.”
“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”
Accepting Applications: Doc U
SPNN's Doc U Program Doc U is a 15-week beginner documentary production program for Twin Cities metro area community members. Sessions are held every Monday evening, 6pm to 9pm, from May 2 through August 15. Participants will have the first 13 weeks to learn and create their own short documentary and will need time to work on their projects outside of the scheduled sessions. All films will explore issues and themes through the stories of 1-2 main characters. Apply by extended deadline of April 4. [Learn more.]
The Carlson School is proud to host the inaugural Elevate Conference, providing essential career advancement and professional development content for Professionals of Color and women. This conference will allow attendees to learn from industry insiders and C-Suite leaders about how to take their career to the next level. Attendees will learn about how to unlock career opportunities in the current competitive job market, key skills for salary negotiations, personal branding tips, and authentic leadership strategies. The afternoon will include time to build your network and connect with fellow attendees and conference speakers. [Register online.]
Register for YNPN-TC Cafe Conversations
Cafe Conversations is an annual event where YNPN-TC members come to together to discuss topics related to the nonprofit sector. See this year's conversations taking place on Friday, April 1 from 8:30am - 10:00am listed below!
-"Self Care in Times of a Global Pandemic" -"The Well-Being Effect"
-"Where Do I Belong?: Working Across Sectors"
-"Nonprofit Jargon We Love to Hate: Authentic Communication in the Workplace" -"Addressing Conflict at Work – When Midwest Niceness Isn't Enough" [Register online.]
Stand Against Racism: Take the 21-Day Challenge
Starting April 4th, YWCA Mankato will provide folks the opportunity to dedicate 21 days to the pursuit of racial justice. This year's focus areas include civic engagement, economic opportunity and security, education, health care, and representation in media. Assignments and discussion topics were hand-selected and curated by YWCA USA. The 21-Day Challenge will be hosted via email and within a private Facebook group. Discussions will be led by trained Racial Justice facilitators and community leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Register today to take part in the challenge! [Learn more.]
Our local and global communities are reeling from conflict and violence over the past few weeks. In the Twin Cities, we are deeply aggrieved by the shooting and killing of Amir Locke by a Minneapolis police officer. Globally, the Russian military invasion of Ukraine has resulted in displacement and a growing humanitarian crisis. Near or far, community turmoil, loss of safety, and ultimate disregard for the lives of others causes rupture and disconnection. To think locally and act globally, consider supporting African American Leadership Forum in their mission to improve the lives of African Americans in Minnesota by building a cross-sector network of leaders and institutions that convenes, collaborates, and champions solutions. To reach across borders, learn how to assist those in Ukraine by supporting organizations providing relief to people in conflict-affected areas. May we remain resilient in our efforts to wage peace.
Register for Care and Curiosity Series for Entrepreneurs
Registration is open now for the Women in Entrepreneurship Series, a week of free virtual programming from March 1-8. This includes workshops, education sessions and offering one-on-one mentorship sessions, centering the unique experiences and challenges of women, female-identifying, LGBTQIA+ and non-binary people, all centered around Care and Curiosity. The week will culminate with an evening Power of 100 Showcase, with hopes to raise $10,000 through ticket sales to directly fund three local woman-owned businesses. [Register online.]
LeadMN Student Voter Summit Call for Proposals
Call for Proposals: Minnesota Student Voter Summit. In 2020, student voter turnout in Minnesota was a record 70% despite the fact that students faced unprecedented challenges in having their voice heard. At this Summit we will work to help build on that momentum as look to help students have their voice heard and be civically engaged. Seeking conference proposal submissions for workshops and sessions to help share best practices in student voter engagement and to train student leaders, staff, and faculty on Minnesota campuses. Learn more and submit a proposal. Deadline is March 15. [Learn more.]
Indigenous & Media Community Roundtable
In partnership with We Are Still Here Minnesota, and MIGIZI, MPR will host three community conversations involving media professionals and Indigenous community members. Led by Indigenous community leaders and moderated by David Cournoyer, a tribal member and former Twin Cities TV reporter, these virtual Zoom events will challenge problematic racial narratives that surround Native communities, seeking more authentic, complete and accurate portrayals of Native communities and issues. The first session will feature Indigenous author and scholar Dr. Anton Treuer. [Register online.]
2022 Naked Stages Fellowship
Calling all performance artists! Pillsbury House & Theatre is seeking applicants to the 2022 Naked Stages Fellowship, an opportunity for individual artists to create their own performances while receiving valuable mentorship resources, workshops, and guidance in their artistic process. Applications are now open and are due March 2. Generously supported by the Jerome Foundation, the goal of this program is to assist individual artists in acquiring knowledge and experience in performance creation, critical response skills, marketing, and technical production. Applications are due by Friday, March 25, 2022 at 5 PM CST, and selections will be announced in May. [Learn more.]