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Welcome to the YCB News!

In this section you will find archived newsletters and community write-ups on YCB as well as issues and events pertaining to Minneapolis Youth.

YCB international employee Kim Heng Tan (courtesy of Metro Transit).

Interview with Kim Heng Tan by Christina Garner

YCB welcomes an international employee for the month of May

The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board is happy to welcome Heng Kim (Kim Heng TAN) all the from Cambodia to our staff for the month of May. She comes as part of the American Council of Young Professional Leaders (ACYPL) Young Southeast Asian Leaders (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program.

Kim is currently president of Khmer Youth Association, which works to provide youth with positive change through participation health, education, vocation, gender equality, and policy training. Heng originally joined the organization as a volunteer in 2013. After graduating from college in 2016 with her degree to teach English as a foreign language ran for president of her organization, a position she will hold until 2020. At just 25 years of age, she currently leads 30 person staff that targets five provinces in Cambodia  located in the north, east and northeast.

Upon ending her term, Heng hopes to go back to school to pursue a Masters in Public Policy and eventually a PhD. Her goal is to continue to be a positive example for young people in her country, specifically young women, who are often under educated do to Cambodia's cultural and political climates.

To learn more about Heng, listen to our interview below.

Plan to raise tobacco-buying age moves forward in Minneapolis

Star TribuneAn ordinance that would would ban tobacco sales, including nicotine vaporizer or e-cigarette devices, to those under 21 received a unanimous vote in a Minneapolis City Council committee Monday, after a 2½-hour public hearing in which some defended vaping as an alternative to cigarettes.


Minneapolis job fair is by teens, for teens

Star Tribune Arwah Gedi admitted he was a little shaky during his first conversation with a recruiter at the 13th annual Minneapolis Teen Job Fair on Saturday.


Ground Level: On a cold morning, a conversation about race and hope

MPR - On a bitterly cold morning, 50 or so people gathered at Farview Park Recreation Center in north Minneapolis for a conversation about hope.


Melvin Carter proposes $50 college savings account for every St. Paul child

Star TribuneEvery St. Paul kindergartner may soon start school with money for college.


Statement of Welcoming

Thursday, March 9, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) – The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and the Minneapolis Youth Congress joined forces Thursday evening in an effort to share their perspectives on making Minneapolis a welcoming city for refugees and immigrants in the wake of White House executive orders. Despite the recent delay due to judicial action, youth from the MYC and elected officials from the YCB felt it was imperative to release a Statement of Welcoming to not only highlight the  issue but to show their solidarity and support to refugee and immigrant families during this time.

Elected officials in attendance were Mayor Betsy Hodges, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, City Council member and YCB Chair Cam Gordon and Hennepin County Commissioners Marion Greene and Peter McLaughlin as well as Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson.

The YCB and MYC were recently featured on KSTP's 10pm news following its Statement of Welcoming  press event Thursday, March 9, 2017. The report on the special event can be found 9:53 minutes into the news broadcast above.

Straight-talking youth workers save lives, keep peace in streets and classrooms

CityPagesAmjed Yussuf dashes down Hennepin Avenue, his chest emblazoned with a big yellow circle around a red star.


RAGE Team Turning Troubled Young Lives Around

The conversation on the corner near Fifth Street and Hennepin Avenue has happened here over and over again.


Mpls. Police bringing back SafeZone patrols

MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis Police are bringing back the SafeZone patrol project this summer.


Henry High School Strives to Enlighten Young Males at its "100 Black Men Strong" Event

Patrick Henry High School had an estimated 100 black male professionals and 285 male scholars show up to its first ever "100 Black Men Strong" event Friday, Nov. 6. The goal was to engage Henry students with black male mentors from around the Twin Cities representing a countless number of careers.

After the success of a similar event at the school last year held in conjunction with the Minneapolis Public Schools now defunct office of Equity and Diversity, its former head James Burroughs reached out to MPS Black Male Student Achievement  coordinator Christopher Flemings and Henry's new principal Yusuf Abdullah to continue the great work of mentoring today's youth.

"Stand out moments to me included seeing men from the community teaching the young men how to tie a tie and having very genuine and organic conversations and connections," said Henry's Northside Achievement Zone academic navigator Tameika Williams. "Some men even pledged to donate and sponsor an athlete at Henry who has been invited to compete for the US overseas."

The purpose was for the mentors and students to establish long-term relationships based on careers and career aspirations. Williams said in the future it may be a good idea to have a daylong retreat allowing the black professionals and scholars more time to engage.