Dignity In Schools National Week of Action Coming October 2015

Dignity in Schools

The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) challenges the systemic problem of pushout in the nation’s schools. DSC advocates for the human right of EVERY young person to a quality education and to be treated with DIGNITY. The DSC unites parents, youth, advocates and educators to support alternatives to this culture of zero-tolerance, punishment and removal in schools.

National Week of Action is a nationwide Campaign to bring about awareness  to the #SchoolPushout crisis in the nation’s schools. Rallies, marches, forums and workshops are held across the country by students parents, teachers and advocates working to transform #SchoolDiscipline policies and practices. In 2014, there was over 100 Week of Action events in more than 50 cities and towns. The Duluth and Minneapolis were among those cities!

Gear up it’s COMING — 2015 Dignity in Action. Be counted! October 5-12, 2015. Contact: info@MNEEP.org


Second Chance Career Fair – Wed. 7/22/2015




Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota understands the challenges individuals who have a criminal background can face while seeking employment. In recognizing those challenges, they are hosting a career fair specifically for individuals with criminal backgrounds. Please ATTEND or SHARE this event for an opportunity to meet with some area employers who are looking to hire skilled candidates!

Goodwill Easter Seals MN Main Office
553 Fairview Ave. N.
St. Paul MN 55104

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Who Should Attend?
Candidates who have a criminal background. The employers attending are aware of this,  it will NOT be their primary focus when interviewing. The employers will have hiring criterias. Plus each individual will have to go through the normal hiring process including background checks. This event was created to provide YOU who have a criminal background an opportunity to focus on your interviewing skills and making a positive first impression!

Bring some form of identification to check in on the day of the career fair.
The recommended dress code is business casual but it is not a requirement.
Bring copies of your resume or a sample application.
Be prepared to interview with employers.
Click below to attend or to register multiple attendees.



It’s time for…..YIPA FEST 2015!!!!!

YIPAFEST …..September 25th  

Youth Intervention Programs Association comes together once a year for YIPAFEST to celebrate the Youth Intervention workers and youth serving organizations throughout the state of Minnesota. YIPA has an approach with proven outcomes and documents showing social returns on investments by moving towards youth intervention.  Youth Intervention takes the likely consumers of public services and turns them into life-long contributors to the common good. It saves taxpayer dollars, improves public safety and prepares the future labor force keeping it competitive. When our youth thrive, WE ALL WIN!!!

Register for a Day of Fun, Learning and Networking. Small communities, rural and urban come togethering. It will be held at the TIES Event Center in Falcon Heights off Snelling Avenue North from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

YIPA does not directly serve youth, rather they serve the Youth Intervention professionals and organizations that do. They organize and mobilize support for Youth Intervention programs. Their mission is simple:

Ensure that Youth Intervention programs are supported in their communities and they have the resources they need to provide high quality and cost effective intervention services for youth.”

YIPA has more than 220 organizational and 150 individual members throughout Minnesota who are passionate about youth. YIPA FEST is a day full of learning, teaching and networking YIPA FEST builds upon YIPA’s unique ability to bring together Youth Intervention providers from urban, rural and suburban communities. YIPA has always been the place to make new connections, re-connect with old friends and meet industry leaders. YIPA FEST makes it even easier for you to network.



Solutions Not Suspensions

Many of the school districts in Minnesota and nationally have been wrestling with closing the achievement gap and the education gap. States spend $5.7 billion a year on the juvenile justice system instead of our schools. On average, states spend $88,000 to incarcerate a young person, but only $10,000 to educate one. There was 62% of students of color graduating in 2013 compared to 85% of the Caucasian students. Students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to receive an out-of-school suspension than students without disabilities.

TAP’s teams are committee members and advisors on the SNS Coalition supported by Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP). Solutions Not Suspensions Coalition held a SNS Coalition meeting WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 from 10 am–12 pm at 2233 University Avenue Suite#201, St. Paul, MN. Meeting was held in the conference room at the Danish Institutes Study Abroad North American Program (in the Wright Building, second floor next to the MnEEP Offices.

Here’s Five Key Areas Discussed:
~How the SNS Coalition intends to engage youth in the coalition and at the table
~Discussed plans for a statewide participation in the National Dignity in Schools Week of Action in October later this year
~Discussed the coalition report on coalition structure and workplan
~Connected  with fellow community organizations and shared updates and some promising best practices on restorative discipline
~Rallied around the student and parent rights to participate in the decision-making affecting school policies

Additional Briefings from youth and adult advocates in Minnesota:



Annual Summit by MIC for ALL Communities!

The Mission Impact Council (MIC) began in 2013 lead by and co-chaired by YMCA, United Way and Youthprise. MIC convenes diverse organizations and communities to work together for positive social change through developing innovative and community-based solutions that change life opportunities for youth in and around the Greater Twin Cities area. These are the 3 key ideas driving the MIC:

  • SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: How can participating MIC organizations ensure they live their missions to transform life opportunities for youth?
  • COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: How can the MIC learn from, honor, and partner with the existing efforts, talents, and dreams of diverse Twin Cities communities and initiatives?
  • COLLECTIVE IMPACT: How can the MIC create a deeper and more sustainable impact for youth through building a common agenda, coordinated activities, and common metrics?

The 6 focus areas of our youth:

  1.  Youth Development & Leadership
  2. Education Equity
  3. Health & Wellness
  4. Employability
  5. Diversity
  6. Support Services

The 6 Communities of immersion experiences:

  1. Hmong/ Asian Pacific
  2. African American / Black
  3. Somali / East Africa
  4. Hispanic / Latin America
  5. Homeless & Highly Mobile Youth
  6. Indigenous / Indian Communities


Come Out! Be apart of the Common Agenda, Metrics and Partnerships to Transform Life Opportunities & Equity with Our Youth! Register Now Space is Limited.

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mic-2015-summit-increasing-life-opportunities-equity-with-youth-tickets-16824794413