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Recent YCB Activity & Other News

New Videos Reinforce Importance of Physical Distancing

The word about physical distancing has not reached everyone in Minneapolis the same way. Realizing this, the YCB, Minneapolis Youth Congress, Minneapolis Health Department, City of Minneapolis, and School Based Clinics came together to create COVID-19 videos aimed at youth. These videos are created by youth, for youth. Please help us spread the word about physical distancing! 

Psychological First Aid Training Video

On Tuesday 6-2-2020 we hosted a psychological first aid (PFA) training with Ignite Afterschool, Sprockets and the Minnesota Department of Health. With so much going on right now it's likely you are feeling emotions you might not be able to pin-point. We recorded our presentation and it might help you understand what you're feeling and thinking. Please check it out if it's useful and share with others. 

If you think your organization or network would like a PFA training, please reach out to Nancy Carlson at the Minnesota Department of Health —

A Special June Hawthorne Huddle For George Floyd

The Hawthorne Huddle happens on the first Thursday of every month. It's been, and is, a place where coordination, community building and healing occurs. This month we threw out our original format and held a community conversation lead by Al McFarlane of Insight News to honor George Floyd and talk about how to heal. 

We had a handful of special guests join us and you can watch the entire conversation that occurred on June 4th.

Full Article Here

YCB & MYC Members Highlighted By St. Thomas University

"No decision about us, without us!" Ramiro Vazquez Jr. — our Youth Development Specialist — and Chelsea Chingwe of MYC were highlighted in this recent article by St. Thomas University. We thank Ramiro & Chelsea for all the contributions and St. Thomas University of acknowledging their work. Find the FULL ARTICLE HERE

YCB's Survey On COVID-19 Experience

We are collecting information from young people and families about their COVID-19 experiences. We will use the information gathered here to inform our partners so they can better respond to the needs of young people and families. You can find this 10-minute survey HERE


Video: YCB's History, Structure & Work

On March 18th, 2020 the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board gave a presentation on the YCB's history, structure and some of the work we do. The presentation was delivered to our board and closest partners. It was originally planned as an in-person meeting, but was changed to a Skype presentation due to COVID-19 concerns. 

YCB's New COVID-19 Help Page

The COVID-19 pandemic is a scary time for everyone, but it's been uplifting to see the private sector, not-for-profits, governments, and communities all come together to make sure we make it through this crisis with minimum damage. The YCB is working diligently to connect with organizations to provide accurate information and to link people to needed resources. There is a lot of information floating around the internet independent of each other, but we haven't seen a page that consolidates announcements onto 1-page. Please visit OUR NEW COVID-19 PAGE HERE where you will find 3 categories of information — FOOD & RESOURCES, ANNOUNCEMENTS, CLOSURES & OPENINGS. 

If you have important information that should be added to this page, please send an email to

YCB's COVID-19 Help Page

Nesani Sabal - Meet A Youth Worker

The Minneapolis Afterschool Network highlights different youth workers within our community and today we introduce you to Nesani Sabal of We Win Institute. Nesani's big smile and positive energy makes our community that much better. We thank Nesani for her work and others doing the same work!

Libraries Consensus Workshop

On March 4th, 2020 — both Hennepin County Library & St. Paul Public Library hosted a workshop with their staff to see how they can better serve their communities. The YCB & The Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth were invited to facilitate. It was a great day where many ideas were shared. Thanks to everyone involved for sharing your thoughts and for doing great work!