We sprang forward for Daylight Savings Time in Minnesota into an unprecedented era as our international community now contends with COVID-19 on the global scale. Our most significant civic duty during these next few weeks, per Governor Walz's Executive Order, is to #StayHomeMN to help #FlattenTheCurve and shore up critical health and hospital system resources for those most vulnerable among us. While we're asked to physically distance, we can stay socially connected and prioritize self- and community-care in the midst of rapid and profound changes to life as we have known it. Let's support artists, nonprofits, small businesses, essential workers, children, elders, and marginalized community members during this critical time, recognizing that viruses don't discriminate and neither should we, so that we can emerge from this challenge having learned how resilient, creative, resourceful, and powerful we can be, together.
Counting Every Minnesotan — Census Day is April 1, 2020: Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau works to count every person in the United States, including everyone living in Minnesota. The resulting count will guide the distribution of billions of dollars to Minnesota’s communities, determine political representation for the next decade, and provide data that shapes how Minnesota’s policymakers and business leaders decide to invest public and private resources. The 2020 Census is happening now. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail to help ensure a complete count of our Minnesota communities. [Learn more.]
February 29 reminds us this Leap Year is one filled with unique days and events that will impact each of us and our communities for the long-term. 2020 marks the Decennial United States Census and Presidential Election, and as we transition from honoring Black History Month into recognizing Women’s History Month, it’s clear that all of our intersectional histories compromise U.S. history and should inform our shared future.
Happy Leap Day, and may it inspire you to make your mark in those most unique and important of years!
2020 Atlantic Council Millennium Fellowship
The Atlantic Council is now accepting applications until March 15 for the 2020 class of its Millennium Fellowship. The fellowship is open to young leaders (ages 25-35) from every country and all sectors. The fellowship is a two-year, part-time program requiring three weeks of in-person activities supplemented with virtual convenings and distance learning, executive coaching, and optional events that take place around the world and throughout the year. The Atlantic Council covers all expenses for these activities. Fellows join a global network of exceptional peers, have unparalleled opportunities to meet world leaders, go behind the headlines to explore global challenges up-close, and lead the debate on issues that will shape the 21st century. [Read more.]
Accepting Applications: Minneapolis Global Shapers
Are you (or is someone you know) a young leader who wants to amplify their involvement in the Greater MSP community? The Minneapolis Global Shapers are looking for new members! Born out of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is a network of young people working together to address local, regional and global challenges. With more than 8,500 members, the Global Shapers Community spans 400 city-based hubs in over 150 countries, and believes in a world where young people are central to solution building, policy-making and lasting change. [Apply by March 9.]
Apply by March 16: 2020 NEW Leadership Development Institute
NEW Leadership™ Northern Lights has held an annual NEW Leadership™ Development Institute since 2004. These intensive five-day residential institutes provide leadership training, inspiration and support for women in the upper Midwest. NEW Leadership Development Institute accepts applications from college and community women, age 18 and over, who reside in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Each year approximately 40 community and college women are invited to participate. Each NEW Leadership™ cohort includes women from diverse ideological, socioeconomic, ethnic, racial and educational backgrounds. Applicants do not have to be college students or involved in formal political roles. [Learn more.]
FeMNist Day 2020: Night Market, Showcase, Workshops
FeMNist Day is back and better than ever! In its third year, the event is headed east to St. Paul, with a showcase and workshops at The Coven's new St. Paul location and a night market at the Palace Theatre. Attendees will enjoy more workshops and mentor sessions, more vendors, and more ways to give back to womxn doing business in the Twin Cities. It's all going down Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th. FeMNist Day is all about inclusion, which means using an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female,” and welcoming trans women, genderqueer, and non-binary people. [Learn more.]
Happy new calendar year, new decade, and new Lunar New Year! In late January, we welcomed the Year of the Metal Rat, which shows promise to be a strong, prosperous, and auspicious year for almost all Chinese zodiac signs. Xīn Nián Kuài Lè! Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!
As we wrap up the cloudiest January in Minnesota on the record books for several decades, here's hoping we see sunshine and big steps into what's rising next for you in the weeks ahead!
For the Love of Mu
Join Theater Mu as we celebrate the stories we share and the space we provide to grow and connect. We give a toast to a new year of making memories together. Funds raised from this event will go towards the creation of the performances and programs from the heart of the Asian American experience. So, for the love of Mu, join in for a night of fun that includes: Special performance of PEERLESS; Live musical performances by Artistic Director Lily Tung Crystal, Eric Crystal, Francesca and Isabella Dawis; Delicious drinks from Indigo Street Drinks; Lots of bubbly champagne and sweet desserts; Raffle prizes and mystery grab bags filled with fun Mu merch! Learn more and purchase tickets online. [Read more.]
Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
Since 2009, LOTT has provided a fellowship program to inspire womxn leaders to instill community, connection and authenticity at no cost to them. We know that investing in womxn who may not have professional development opportunities supports their career and leadership trajectory, making our community a better place. We are excited to launch the next cohort of fellows in March! This year's program will run from March - June and will offer a revamped curriculum including: new age professionalism, identity driven leadership, teamwork and working across difference, ethics, health and self-care, networking, and goal setting for personal and professional development. [Apply online to be a 2020 Fellow or Mentor.]
2020-2021 Minneapolis Handbook of the Streets
Hot off the presses, a fresh edition of the Minneapolis Handbook of the Streets has landed! Just like the first edition of the Handbook of the Streets that St. Stephen's Human Services published in 1989, the 2020-2021 Minneapolis edition has a yellow cover. Copies of the 2020-2021 edition of the Minneapolis Handbook of the Streets or the 2019-2020 edition of the St. Paul Handbook of the Streets may be ordered online. People in need may stop by the St. Stephen's Welcome Center during open hours (8:30am – 4:00pm, Monday-Friday) to obtain a copy. [Learn more.]
YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice Facilitator Program
The YWCA Minneapolis provides free racial justice facilitator training. Through the indigenous tradition of circle dialogue, facilitators gain experience and confidence navigating through difficult conversations about race and the effects of racism. After completing the three-part training program, you will be prepared to facilitate YWCA workshops, community conversations and the yearly It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race™ event. The time commitment consists of 7.5 hours spread over three 2.5-hour sessions with a single cohort, or group of facilitators. The training is FREE. New trained Racial Justice Facilitators are expected to commit to facilitating on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at the annual It's Time to Talk™ event. [Learn more.]
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.]