Every 10 years, states redraw the boundaries of their congressional districts to ensure equal elected representation based on new population counts from the census. Minnesotans will soon be able to use their voices and votes with the newly redrawn districts. This year, the Minnesota Primary Election takes place Tuesday, August 9. You can check your registration status to vote early or register same day at the polls on Election Day. Learn more about voting in the upcoming elections on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website and help keep Minnesota's voter turnout highest in the nation!
Leadership Longevity Fellowship
The Leadership Longevity Fellowship (LLF) will bring together 12 mission-driven professionals across the United States for an innovative new leadership development program focused on career and life design, mental health and wellness, and creating a supportive community of peers. This program uses a lens of longevity because they know that in order for you to do work that changes the world, you need support that helps you build lifelong skills and sustain your energy in order to continue impacting the communities you serve. Apply by September 1. [Read more.]
BETA Cohort Program
The BETA Cohort is a 5-month program designed to give you tools to help make your businesses more successful. This program is of no cost to you. The 5-month experience includes 3 months of programming and training (including the BETA Showcase), and 2 months of time with your peers to apply what you've learned. Once companies successfully complete the cohort, they will be invited to participate in future Bridge and Backers events. Fall 2022 Cohort programming will be primarily in-person events. [Learn more.]
Goff Public Pro Bono Services
Since 2020, Goff Public has made a dedicated effort to donate staff time and expertise to organizations engaged in important work to address racial disparities in our community. These projects are part of a comprehensive Goff Public commitment to donate at least 5% of pre-tax earnings annually to nonprofit organizations through donations, pro bono services and employee volunteer time. Goff Public is now seeking to support a new round of Minnesota-based nonprofits working to achieve racial equity within our community. Organizations that are interested in pro bono services can apply by August 31. [Learn more.]
Race Forward 2-Day
YWCA Minneapolis is excited to announce their 2022 race weekend, Race Forward 2-Day! Through these events, they will race forward to advance the mission of YWCA Minneapolis to eliminate racism and empower women. Registration is available for the August 13 5K Run/Walk for people of all ages, genders and abilities at 8:00am. Gender and racial disparities in sports participation, health outcomes and physical well-being are endemic in our culture. The stated goal is to create a safe and welcoming space for individuals of all abilities to participate in physical challenges that also challenge the status quo. [Read more.]
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.]