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Recent YCB Activity & Other News

More Funding To Help You With Energy Bills

The last year has been tough, but help is on the way. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan there is more money for Minnesota's Energy Assistance Program. The Program can help both eligible renters and homeowners by:

  • Paying up to $1,600 for energy bills
  • Providing more assistance, if needed for past due bills, to avoid disconnection, or get reconnected
  • Repairing or replacing homeowners’ furnaces
  • Providing referrals to the Weatherization Assistance Program for free home improvements to conserve energy and lower future energy bills. 

Learn more and apply HERE

Energy Assistance Program Website

The Dangers of Skin Lightening Products Video

It isn't widely known, but skin lightening products are very harmful. For example, they contain dangerous chemicals like mercury. We've teamed up with the Minneapolis Health Department to create this new video that informs on the dangerous of skin lightening products. Hear directly from people in Minneapolis — Emani, Fatou, Oumou, and Dr. Tareen teach us more about the history and harmful effects of skin-lightening products. Please share this video and help inform people in your network about the dangers of skin lightening.

Hard in the Paint Hoops Summer 2021

This summer our Outreach Team will conduct a new basketball program called "Hard in the Paint Hoops." It's a program that creates a safe space for youth to develop individual and team building skills. Youth will be put in situations to grow physically and mentally in efforts to come out as better basketball players but also better human beings. Please learn more at this website

Camp Dates:

  • Henry High School | June 21st - June 24th

  • Peavey Field Park | July 12th - July 15th

  • North Commons Park | July 19th - July 22nd

  • Brian Coyle Neighborhood Center | August 9th - August 12th

Hard in the Paint Hoops

A Conversation About Colorism

We are also working with the Minneapolis Health Department to raise awareness on the dangers of skin lightening products, so we're thrilled to share WellShare International's new video on colorism featuring members of Minneapolis. Please share this video with your network and be on the lookout for more information on skin lightening products. 

YCB & MYC Present at Public Health & Safety Committee Meeting

At the May 6, 2021 Public Health & Safety Committee gathering, we were given time to speak about the Youth Engagement Survey on Reimagining Public Safety. The video has since been uploaded to YouTube and you can now view it on demand. Our section begins around the 48:40 mark. Big thanks to Mikayla, Mazine & Elise! 

MYC Member Represents Minneapolis on UNICEF Panel

UNICEF had an online presentation titled "Lifting Children's Voices: UNICEF's Child Friendly Cities Initiative" and Kai Sanchez of our Minneapolis Youth Congress (MYC) was a panelist. Kai's section begins around 10:30 mark. We thank Kai for representing Minneapolis and speaking up on behalf of youth.

Kai also leads the production of MYC's podcast titled "How WE View It." You can listen to the show on Spotify HERE

"What's Up 612!" Help Video For Program Providers

"What's Up 612!" is an ongoing project of the Minneapolis Afterschool Network. We are hoping to build an all-in-one program finder for the people in Minneapolis. If you would like to learn more about "What's Up 612!" please visit our full "What's Up 612!" page by clicking HERE. Recently, we've created a short instructional video to help program providers get started if they want their program(s) to show up on "What's Up 612." Please check it out and share with others so we can make "What's Up 612" the best service it can be. 

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Minnesota Department of Education Provides Translated Information for Families

The Minnesota Department of Education has updated their family webpages on the Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year. The updates include additional information about COVID-19 Saliva Testing for Minnesota Students, which may now be taken at school for middle and high school students, and on COVID-19 Vaccinations for Minnesotans age 12 and older. Webpages are available in EnglishHmongKarenSomali, and Spanish.

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