Per Governor Walz’s press conference this afternoon, we have at least two more weeks of the stay-at-home order to help stem the tide of COVID-19. Minnesotans are finding numerous ways to help manage through this unprecedented time, including volunteering their time and resources, producing face masks, making contributions to individuals and organizations experiencing economic hardship, engaging in mutual aid, participating in birthday parades, supporting local businesses, and more. Upcoming opportunities for taking action to support one another and remind ourselves of our resilience and agency include donating during #GiveAtHomeMN from May 1 - 8, applying to serve on the Ramsey County Racial Equity & Community Engagement Community Advisory Committee, attending a free Hollaback! Bystander Intervention Training to stop anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment during this pandemic, and supporting Black-owned businesses and nonprofits in the Twin Cities, among other events and activities highlighted in this month's Dispatch. Stay safe out there and take good care of yourselves and each other!
Give At Home MN
GiveMN is partnering with the Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, as well as nonprofits and schools across Minnesota, to hold #GiveAtHomeMN May 1-8! #GiveAtHomeMN will be a celebration of generosity and call to give back to the causes you care about most. It’s a weeklong online fundraiser at GiveMN.org to support nonprofits and schools all across Minnesota. Just as Minnesotans come together each year during Give to the Max Day, #GiveAtHomeMN is about the power of our collective generosity and how it can make a difference during this unprecedented time. [Donate now.]
2020 Request for Proposals
YNPN Twin Cities is requesting proposals for presentations, seminars, or workshops that advance, emphasize, and promote inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility within the nonprofit sector. Four applications will be selected and provided a $250 honorarium for turning their application into a reality as a program for YNPN-TC members. Applicants must be able to conduct their program before the end of 2020. The YNPN-TC board of directors will accept applications before Sunday, May 31st at 11:59pm. [Apply online.]
Nine months, endless potential. The FINNOVATION Fellowship program supports and empowers social entrepreneurs who have bold ideas for sustainable, systems-level change. The FINN Fellowship program develops leadership capacity and builds entrepreneurial skills in early stage founders. Supported by the Bush Foundation, its goal is to empower social enterprise leaders in Minnesota and beyond through an immersive nine-month program. Fellowship applications are open now through May 15th! [Apply online.]
Humphrey Policy Fellows
The Policy Fellows program is one of the country’s most respected public affairs leadership experiences for emerging and mid-career professionals. The nine-month program is unmatched in its interaction with public officials, leadership training, diversity of participants and perspectives, and opportunity to undertake important projects that benefit the wider community. Fellows from the Twin Cities area and across greater Minnesota come together as a cohort once a month and travel together to Washington, DC, for a multi-day study trip. The application deadline for the 2020–21 cohort is Monday, June 1, 2020 at 11:59pm. [Learn more.]
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.]