CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) HELP
The Youth Coordinating Board is taking every public health recommendation seriously, but we also know COVID-19 is making lives in our community confusing, challenging, and creating worry. We also feel, now more than ever, is the time to step up and help people with whatever we can. While we aren't equipped to provide medical help, gathering information and communicating is what we do best, so we hope this help page provides some comfort during this unprecedented time. We will continue to update it as more information is gathered, but please know things are changing quickly.
This page was last updated on: April 2nd, 2020 at 4:08 P.M.
April 2nd, 2020
Applications are now being accepted for the COVID-19 Women & Girls Response Fund. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded for general operating support to organizations and initiatives fulfilling the urgent needs of women and girls experiencing gender-based violence, older women, women and girls who need short-term financial support for everyday needs due to the effects of COVID-19. Thank you Women's Foundation of Minnesota. MORE INFO HERE.
PFund Foundation will be awarding grants to assist the LGBTQIA community during the COVID-19 crisis through their Rapid Response Fund. Learn more & apply HERE.
Punch in your zip code at this website and you'll get a list of programs that will help you with food assistance, paying bills, and many other things you might need help with. Start by GOING HERE.
April 1st, 2020
Simple answer is no. Yes, there are flu-like symptoms involved, but COVID-19 is far scarier than the common flu. This video does a great job explaining how it's different with its facts and visually appealing animations. Please remember to practice good social distancing.
"Practicing Resilience in Community" is a new daily Zoom gathering that'll continue through April. You are invited to join this daily, 30-minute gathering Monday-Friday starting at 12:30 p.m. They'll have a new presenter and topic every day as we work through this crisis together. Learn more and find the Zoom link HERE.
March 30th, 2020
There is now a mobile app to help families & kids find free meals. The new app is called Free Meals for Kids and it's available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store. You can read more about THE APP HERE.
The federal stimulus package has passed, but what does that mean for non-profits? Things are moving so quickly and there is news everywhere. If you're a non-profit that needs help making sense of the aid you can seek, THIS ARTICLE from The Chronicle of Philanthropy might be a good starting point.
March 26th, 2020
The City of Minneapolis has a new COVID-19 newsletter. If you want to receive the latest COVID news right in your inbox you can SIGN UP HERE.
If your employment has been affected by COVID-19 (can't work, reduced hours, loss of job), you can apply for unemployment benefits. Apply for unemployment benefits as soon as you can; waiting may result in you losing some benefits. You can apply online, Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or by phone. Customer service representative can assist you in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, or any other language you prefer.
Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644 | TTY users: 1-866-814-1252
The Minneapolis Foundation are offering a funding opportunity to organizations that are helping others during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about the OneMPLS Grant by GOING HERE.
Sesame Street has been a source of entertainment, education and support for many generations of children. Naturally, they are also here to help during the COVID-19 crisis. On THIS PAGE, you will find activities that are both educational & entertaining for your child.
The Minnesota Department of Health sent out an email listing resources that support mental well-being during the COVID-19 crisis. There are also hotlines for parents and domestic violence. Explore their PAGE HERE.
The City of Minneapolis will broadcast radio programs in various languages in various stations about COVID-19. They will broadcast in English (KMOJ), Spanish (La Raza), Somali (KALY) and Hmong (WIXK). You can learn more about when to listen by GOING HERE.
So Gov. Tim Walz told all of us to stay home, but why? Here's a short 2-minute video that is very helpful if you're confused/annoyed/frustrated. Big thanks to Minnesota State Auditor Julie Blaha. We're in this together! #StayHomeMN
March 24th, 2020
ActivityHero is an online platform that helps families find events & programs in their neighborhood. With the current COVID-19 outbreak, they have setup a page where people can come together for online classes and they are FREE. Visit THIS PAGE to learn more and to register for an upcoming class.
March 23rd, 2020
The City of Minneapolis is providing free Wifi via the USI Wireless network. It's more important than ever that we all stay connected and we get real time updates. Luckily the City has an outdoor wireless network that covers nearly 100% of our City. Learn more about how to access this wireless network BY CLICK HERE.
Hunger Solutions Minnesota have created a map to show where kids can get meals during the COVID-19 crisis. There are many closures and people cannot turn to their normal services to help them with their needs. This is not a comprehensive list of places families can go to get a free meals, but is a great resource that is being updated in real time. CLICK HERE FOR MAP.
Internet service provider Comcast usually offers their Internet Essentials package to qualifying households for $9.95 a month. However, during the COVID-19 crisis they are offering people 60-days of free internet. Furthermore, the package usually offers download speeds of 15 megabytes per second, but Comcast has increased that to 25 mps and while keep the feature moving foward. Please GO HERE to learn more.
CLICK HERE to visit the Minnesota Department of Health's COVID-19 page. The page has information on how to best protect yourself & your family; recommendations for travelers; guidance for businesses & employers; and they also provide a situation update that counts the number of positive cases & deaths in Minnesota.
The Search Institute has done great research around developmental relationships between young people and parents, educators, staff, and other adults in their lives. Search Institute has taken their framework and applied it to a COVID-19 context. How can you make sure you are still nurturing important relationships with young people? THIS CHECKLIST will help you think about it.
Minnesota Afterschool Advance (MAA) are helping families & schools prepare for distance learning. The same tax credit that MAA leverages to help families with afterschool programs can now be used to get 75% off computer hardware (up to $200). Learn more about this offer BY GOING HERE.
March 18th, 2020
Here is a wonderful example of community coming together and leveraging technology to create an opportunity to help. The group is a local network of volunteers offering to deliver goods to the elderly, immuno-compromised and quarantined within the Twin Cities Metro Area. If it is too risky for someone to go outside but they are needing items, simply make a request on this page and a volunteer will attempt to resolve that request. The person needing services will pay for their products purchased, and the person volunteering their time and gas to bring those items to the person in need. Multiple Facebook groups are setup for different regions.
Access the SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS AND RICHFIELD GROUP HERE.
Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) are closed during the COVID-19 outbreak. Parents are looking for child care, enrichment opportunities, and meals. MPS have announced they will provide meals while schools are closed. Meal pickup services started on March 17th and will operate Mondays through Fridays from 10am to 2pm while schools are closed. YOU CAN FIND ALL INFO BY CLICKING HERE.
The current COVID-19 situation has many on high alert. It's also difficult to know what information is trust worthy and what is not. The City of Minneapolis Health Department has setup a COVID-19 specific email to answer all questions around COVID-19. Please email any questions to COVID19@MinneapolisMN.gov.
United Way 2-1-1 provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota in multiple languages. This is a great tool all year for people seeking local resources, but it is especially helpful during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please learn more about 2-1-1 HERE.
United Way has also setup a page with COVID-19 specific resources. Please FIND THAT PAGE HERE.
The Minnesota Department of Health have setup a page for Hmong speakers. You can FIND THIS PAGE HERE.
Feeding America has a local food bank finder on their website. Simply visit their website and enter your zip code. They are also taking donations to help food banks respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. GO HERE TO USE THE FOOD BANK FINDER.
April 1st, 2020
Experts and health departments are still emphasizing that social distancing matters! We might have all transitioned to our new "normal" and are feeling the urge to find some social interaction, but it is important that we still practice good social distancing. Timberwolves superstar Karl-Anthony Towns is personally impacted by COVID-19 and has asked for all of us to take this seriously.
March 27th, 2020
The Minnesota House and Senate passed some COVID-19 aid that included help for child care providers. Programs that serve fewer than 15 children can apply for grants of $4,500 monthly and seek an additional $1,000 available if they provide care for children who have special needs or speak a first language other than English. Programs serving 15 or more children can receive up to $15,500 monthly. Programs must be open and prioritize children of essential workers.
March 26th, 2020
Below is an update from Minneapolis Public Schools:
MPS has extended the end of the third quarter from March 26 to April 16, adding eight days of instruction before grades are recorded on April 17 (which is a non-student day). This will give teachers additional time to provide instruction that has been disrupted due to school closures. The fourth quarter will begin on Mon., April 20. More information will be provided on how students can prepare for Distance Learning per Governor Walz’s announcement today that schools will be closed until at least May 4.
March 23rd, 2020
Governor Tim Walz announced on Monday 3/23 a ban on evictions as Minnesota deals with the COVID-19 crisis. The Governor said evictions at this time would be, "not only personally cruel, but counterproductive to what we're trying to do," as people are being asked to stay inside their homes. Find a Star Tribune article on this executive order HERE.
The Federal Communications Commission is urging broadband and telephone service providers to pledge to the following: Given the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on American society, [Company Name] pledges for the next 60 days to:
CHECK HERE to see if your company has taken the pledge.
Cities across the area are reminding people to not flush anything but toilet paper down toilets. This is a great lesson even after the COVID-19 crisis, but especially important right now to not put additional pressure on public works employees. To be clear — flush only toilet paper. Do NOT flush sanitary items, paper towels & napkins, and even wipes that claim to be flushable.
March 20th, 2020
The Minneapolis Community Planning & Economic Development Department, MYC, and YCB were hard at work planning for the 2020 Teen Job & Opportunity Fair months before the COVID-19 outbreak. This year was shaping up to be the best year yet, so we're disappointed to announce the event is postponed until at least May. It's an event that hosts volunteers, employers, 300 youth, all while normal library patrons come and go, so this was the safest choice possible. An update will come hopefully in early May.
Learn more about the JOB FAIR HERE.
Annex Teen Clinic have announced they are no longer able to conduct in-person visits, but that nurses are available to consult patients via phone call. Due to these limitations, Annex Teen Clinic is unable to conduct STI and pregnancy testing. Please visit THEIR WEBSITE to learn more.
March 17th, 2020
Mayor Jacob Frey signs emergency regulation. This allows the City of Minneapolis to more swiftly respond to COVID-19 and orders temporary closure of bars, restaurants, and places of public accommodation. This regulation commences at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The City is working with the Minnesota Department of Health and Hennepin County to better handle the COVID-19 situation. See Mayor Frey's EMERGENCY REGULATION HERE.
Hennepin County Board Chair, Marion Greene, has declared a state of emergency in Hennepin County. This is effective immediately and through April 6th.
Note from County's Twitter page:
We understand the hardship this creates for customers, clients & residents and are working on solutions to serve residents w/o person-to-person contact. Gov services continue to function.
A note from STEP UP:
Due to the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 outbreak, we are postponing our Step Up intern work readiness trainings this spring, and cancelling the annual Step Up Mock Interviews, which were scheduled for March 23-26. The safety of our interns, staff and volunteers is our greatest priority. Our team is working hard to develop alternative ways for young people to prepare for their summer Step Up internships. We encourage our participants and partners to watch emails closely for future updates and next steps. We are planning for another wonderful summer of internships with our great students and employers, and we will be in touch with more information as soon as that becomes available. For questions or concerns, please contact our team at StepUpInfo@achievempls.org or 612-455-1541.
There has been an influx of scam calls related to COVID-19. If you are getting strange calls asking for personal information you can contact your state Attorney General's office. Please check in with your elders and people at risk and talk to them about potential scams.
You can contact the OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL KEITH ELLISON HERE.
The Sick and Safe Time ordinance requires the provision of sick leave to workers in the City of Minneapolis. The City's Labor Standards Enforcement Division has THIS HELPFUL PAGE that explains how this ordinance works during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is also working to provide information and updates to minimize disruption for employers and workers in Minnesota — PLEASE UTILIZE THIS PAGE.
An employee's accrued sick and safe time hours are legally protected for their use due to Coronavirus symptoms, testing or infection. Protection extends to the employee and the employee's care of a covered family member. Ordinance protection includes, but is not limited to:
It is important for the Youth Coordinating Board to operate at a time like this to keep families & youth updated and assist them in anyway possible. Therefore, the YCB will remain operational during the COVID-19 outbreak, but staff will be working remotely to practice social distancing. Please send questions and/or updates to Min.Lee@MinneapolisMN.gov. Thank you & stay safe!
CLOSURES & OPENINGS
March 20th, 2020
Finally some good news! Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's rec center buildings are still closed, but their parks and trails are open. If you're feeling stressed out perhaps a walk is what you need. The Minneapolis park system was planned so that nearly every resident can get to a park in about a 10-minute walk and there are 161 locations. With that said, if you're out for a walk and you encounter others, PLEASE STILL PRACTICE GOOD SOCIAL DISTANCING.
March 19th, 2020
March 18th, 2020
Hennepin County has closed all 41 of their libraries along with human service centers and licensing centers through April 6. If you have items checked out from a library with a due date approaching, please note that due dates for all physical materials have been extended. No items will be due before April 28th. You can learn more about how Hennepin County are altering services during the COVID-19 crisis BY GOING HERE. Library specific updates CAN BE FOUND HERE.
Following the Governor's mandate, the Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center is closed to the public until at least April 1. Their in-school and after-school programs are also suspended until their school partners resume activities. Please visit their WEBSITE for contact information.
The Mall of America announced that they will be closing at 5 p.m on Tuesday March 17th and will remain closed at least through March 31st. They released a statement on Twitter:
"We respect Governor Tim Walz' leadership and decision to further enhance community mitigation to stop people from gathering and potentially spreading the disease (COVID-19). We must act responsibly and comply with Governor Walz' order because it is the right thing to do for the state, for our tenants, guests, and our team members."
WE WIN Institute has taken the guidance of their lead partner, Minneapolis Public Schools, and have closed their doors to youth programming starting March 16th. They plan to resume programming the week of April 6th. They are currently working with public schools and charter schools to develop a plan during and after the closure. In the meantime, their offices are open to essential staff, so they are able to offer support to youth and families as needed. Please visit their WEBSITE HERE.
MIGIZI have announced they will be closed between March 18-27. They will reassess the situation on March 27th based on what happens with schools, Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Department of Health, and the Governor's Office. In the meantime, they will work with students remotely on projects and school support.
Courageous HeARTS have decided to close until March 27th. They will update their plans at the end of each work week. Their ONLINE CALENDAR will have the most recent schedule updates.
Plymouth Christian Youth Center — including their PYC Arts & Technology High School, out-of-school-time programming, and the Capri) will be closed to the general public starting on March 17th through April 6th. They currently plan to re-open on April 6th based on how things evolve between now and then.
The City of Minneapolis Health Department planned Youth Violence Prevention Week to originally occur from March 30 to April 7. They scheduled a week of great events — such as Restoring Hope Fest, Bridges to Manhood, and Teen Tournament Day — but it will all be put on hold until further notice. You can see their pre-coronavirus schedule HERE.