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This April's Monthly AMA eNewsletter is dedicated to cover all of the "Stop Asian Hate" events held in the Twin Cities, MN.  

In Solidarity 


1) Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, "Honoring the Lives Lost in Atlanta" - an Asian American and Pacific Islander community gathering online where AAPIs aome together in grief and in rage to hear from each other and share a moment of silence in honor of the lives lost in Atlanta.  

Hosted by Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL)

2) Thursday, March 18, 2021 * "Community Rally for Asian American Women" - Asian American women got together to mourn Atlanta victims. Protesters stand with signs to show support for communities experiencing anti-Asian racism in Minneapolis 

Hosted by: Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence and Anthea Yu
Photo Credit: Sahan Journal

3) Friday, March 19, 2021 from 5:30 PM - 7:00pm * "Asian American Youth OnLine Forum", supports Asian youth with Mental Health Counselor Phia Xiong, to learn how to release the anxiety and fear arouse from the Asian hate crime events. Youth learned stress relief and calming breathing techniques from Maya Park. 
Phia Xiong shared that anger is not always a bad thing. It is what we do with that anger that matters. Suppressing anger is not always healthy, and we can learn how to fuel that energy appropriately and learn to express ourselves constructively. When youth come across an emotional charged situation, they can utilize some of the breathing techniques to center themselves.

With all the rising concerns for safety and wellbeing of AAHPI community, youth were grateful that they had a chance to share, reflect, and connect with each other on their frustrations and fears. The youth are in an environment where they feel like victims, and they needed a space to feel safety, security, and support. It was helpful to have a room of youth with similar lived experiences, as some of the youth expressed that they needed to share with people who could understand the weight that they felt. Being able to share experiences and concerns made them feel less singled out.

They not only express fear for their own safety, but they stress for their parents and elders, too. Having conversation with their family and friends have not been easy to communicate, especially when there is a language barrier. Youth encouraged each other to have these open conversations to process and to heal. 

Hosted by Asian Media Access

4) Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 1:00 PM - 6:00PM * "UNITY COMMEMORATION PERFORMANCE"

Asian American and supporting communities came together to remember the victims of Atlanta Killings on March 20th in front of the Granada Theater near the busy Hennepin and Lake intersection, to powerfully show the world – “UNITED, NOT SHATTERED BY THE VIOLENCE.” 
Mixed with compelling speeches, poems, and music, along with the drive-by supporting car honks, Asian American communities stand in solidarity to show the power of ARTS to unite and to honor the 8 victims in Atlanta killing Asian American Victims:

•    Soon Chung Park, age 74 
•    Hyun Jung Grant, age 51 
•    Sun Cha Kim, age 69
•    Yong Ae Yue, age 63 
•    Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez, age 33
•    Paul Andre Michels, age 54
•    Xiaojie Tan, age 49 
•    Daoyou Feng, age 44

Reading through each victims’ names, the event opened up with the local Thai Band, a song – “500 Miles Away from Home” to illustrate Asian American immigrants’ sorrow, followed by African American artist Jarrelle Barton playing the Chinese instrument Guzheng to sooth the sorrows, and joined by Guitarist Zac Caden in a song “Kayak Girl” to showcase the strengths of Travelers.
Chinese American community showcased their support with signs – “Stop Asian Hate,” “We are Not a Virus,” “Racism is a Virus,” “Fight as ONE,” “Say No to Racism,” and Ange Hwang the executive director of Asian Media Access, an immigrant woman herself, delivered a powerful poem “Give me an Island” written by the Taiwanese Poet Xi Murong in describing the sentiment of immigration and displacement. It was followed by Melody Zhou, Principal of MN International Chinese School, reading the original poem in Mandarin to reflect the empowerment of the bicultural spirit.
Later a powerful speech by Xia Huang, representing Chinese Community Center. She condemned the violence, and highlighted the history of anti-Chinese acts, and cited the law indicating the rights of our immigrants, followed with the Band Mingchen with Chinese songs showcasing LOVE and PEACE, especially a beautiful violin music entitled "Innocence"
(the theme song from the animation film Castle in the Sky) by Vivian, reflecting our immigrants’ sorrow and struggles in the new land.
This was followed by the Chief Executive Officer of Minnesota Humanities Center, and ex-Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights - Kevin Lindsey. Commissioner Lindsey ensured Asian Americans – all human rights have and will be protected. Sia Her, the Executive Director of the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans also joined the calling for justice and unity, and thanked the Chinese American community coming together to stop the Anti-Asian hate crimes.

Continued with the music performance by Thai Pin (Peggy) from the Thai Cultural and Arts Center, she played the Thai music instrument "Khim," with American, Chinese and Thai songs, reminding everyone the diversity we have in this country, and another speech came from Bo Thao-Urabe, the  executive director of The Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL), pledged their non-stop advocacy effort to expose hate crimes toward Asian Americans, and how we can unite together to “Fight Racism and Hate as ONE.” 

The Cambodian American Hip Hop artist, BORN AGAIN TRIGG performed several rap songs to protest the Southeast Asian families impacted by detention and deportation with his powerful words. 

The event closed with the Tay Phuong Lions to honor Asian tradition, having the Lion dance to chase away the bad spirits. It was guested by the appearance of two small lions from the Amazing Thailand.  A memorable event showcasing the UNITY and the POWER from local Asian American communities, and their effort of stopping Anti-Asian hate crimes through music, poems and actions. The event was then followed by speeches calling for the UNITY by Hmong elder – Dr. Yang Dao, and Marcus Hamilton from the Encouraging Leaders, pledging support from African American youth to fight the injustice together.
Hosted by Amazing Thailand Uptown and Asian Media Access
5) Wednesday, March 24, 2021 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM * "Unheard Stories: Asian Americans Experiencing Hate" - an online public community event for Asians and Non-Asians to hear from leaders and community members about what has been occurring in Minnesota and nationwide, and how to work together to take action against violence and hate.  Under the Banner "We are hurting with you. Together we can end hate, " Unheard Stories' speakers include: Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, MDHR Commissioner Rebecca Lucero, CAAL Executive & Network Director Bo Thao-Urabe, and others.

Hosted by Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) and Asian MN Alliance for Justice (AMAJ)

6) Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM * "ASIAN AMERICAN YOUTH HEALING SPACE," met with Asian American youth nation-wide, and supported by Target Asian American Employer Council.  Asian American youth have been split into break-out rooms and discussed their concerns with Asian American Mentors.

Youth and facilitators reflect, discuss, and navigate through how to have conversation with family, friends, and peers (co-workers and classmates). The youth expressed that we need to have truthful, proactive, and empowering communication because there is a need for greater awareness and education. While discussing effective ways to communicate, youth indicated that there is always a pressure to respond when there needs to be a focus on gaining perspective, but we are not looking to gain answers, we are seeking for people to gain perspective.

Although there have been unfortunate events in the AAPHI community, this is not new. There has been Anti-Asian American violence all throughout history. We need to come forward and share our stories, take action, and set our priorities. Communication is key to bringing understanding, engagement, and an environment for healing.

Hosted by Asian Media Access

7) Sunday, March 28, 2021 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM * "STOP ASIAN HATE" COMMEMORATION RALLY
Community members gathered together in front of the Minnesota State Capitol on Sunday, March 28, from 5 to 9PM to remember the victims of Atlanta Killings, to support “Stop Asian Hate” Commemoration Rally.

The two event MCs, Anthea Yu and TRIGG, opened up with the acknowledgement of Atlanta victims, and invited Hmong Shaman Blessing from Hmong Shaman and Herb Center - Nchai Lwm Vaaj (Chai Lu Vang), to welcome the victims’ spirits to join in, to honor their legacies and seek the spiritual protection of the four corners of the world to watch over the event and the people.

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan brought her daughter to the stage and delivered a powerful speech highlighting why the fight is so important for the next generation.   Korean Gayageum (Zither) Musician from JangmiArts, Eva Song Margolis played “Jindo Arirang” on the Gayageum, leading to the Japanese American Citizens League’s representative, Haruka Yukioka. She spoke on historical oppression of Asians in America, and called on the Whitehouse to recognize the “Asian Hate Crimes.”  It was followed by the Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans’ Executive Director, Sia Her, speaking on the Unity of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in MN, and invited State Senators and Representatives to join her to support AAPIs.  Cambodian Poet - Khmer Girl Peuo closed the session with her poems dedicating to all people who have lost their love ones.
Chinese American community, including USCPFA and Chinese Community Center then stepped forward to denounce the hate crimes and the use of “China Virus” towards Asian Americans during the pandemic.  The Chinese Band Mingchen performed “Tolerance” and “Innocent” to honor the victims.  It was followed by young Vietnamese student Dieu Do to share her painful experience being called out as “China Virus,” and asked support for all Asian women. Gender Justice’s Program Director Erin Maye Quade, Black Lives Matter’s Toshira Garraway and Toussaint Morrison all spoke in solidarity to fight white supremacy, racism and sexism.  Asian MN Alliance in Justice’s Program Director Nick Kor took the stage to call for actions to support the Hate Crime Bill - HF 1691 to strengthen hate crime laws and provide support for community responders. Hmong Human Right Activist – Zong Her from Hmong Freedom Fighter delivered a compelling speech highlighting the Hmong refugee experience.  

Cambodian Rap Artist TRIGG delivered a powerful performance with her daughter to stop deportation of the Southeast Asians. Asian Indian Band “No Name” took the stage with Pink Floyd’s song “Wish you were here.” Young Hmong Singer Aneliza Lee followed with the song “I Choose You” by Alessia Cara, and Vietnamese Spoken Word Artist Diana Nguyen performed 4 poems to call for Justice.  The Thai Cultural Council’s "Lighting Asian Power" with Thai costumes and lantern lightings followed, joined by a group of more than 30 community leaders paraded to the center stage with powerful Thai Monks’ chanting to honor all lives lost in the violence.

Followed the monks’ chanting, each Asian American and Pacific Islander took turn to offer prayers in their heritage languages to comfort the spirits, and pledge to continue the fight: 
•    Asian Indian – SEWA-Aifw ‘s community spiritual leader Shiv Mittal offered healing words in Sanskrit and Hindi.;
•    Chinese – speoke in Mandarin, Board Member of Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, Chang Wang;
•    Filipinx – spoke in Tagalog, Filipinx for Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice MN – MJ Carpio;
•    Hmong – spoke in Hmoob – local Hmong scholar and leader, Dr. Yang Dao; 
•    KaRen – spoke in Karen - Karen Organization of Minnesota, Ku Gay Nahpay;
•    Korean – spoke in sang Korean – Korean Church Pastor Jim Soo;
•    Japanese – spoke in Japanese - Japan American Society of Minnesota, Motoko Hioki;
•    Vietnamese – spoke in Vietnamese – Lien Hoa Meditation Center, Hung Huynh; and
•    Polynesian/Samoan - Board Member of Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, Faamati Winey. 

After AAPI community leaders' heritage blessings, leaders offered the Lotus Candlelight to the Flower Shrine, followed by all members lighting up their LED lights to remember all the victims and continue to fight against racism, with the background music from Thai Cultural Council of MN’s Musician Packie playing Khim to complete the ritual and close this powerful event.

Asian American and Pacific Islander communities united together to demonstrate the strength to FIGHT AS ONE with the high numbers of crowds from diverse Asian cultures, and performing cultural prayers to honor the violence victims.  A powerful event in showing the unity and commemoration of the victims. 

Hosted by Local Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community-based agencies

Photo Credits: Humanizing through Story, Thaiphy Phan-Quang, and Youmei Hou

8) Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 9:30am-12:00pm CST AMCO Forum-Safety of AAPI


  • Speak up. Denounce anti-Asian racism and hate. Tell our leaders to speak out
  • Name the racism. The media narrative is already laying blame on Asian women.  We must be clear — the attacker specifically targeted known Asian businesses and killed Asian women. This is clear racism, xenophobia, and misogyny.  
  • Report hate crimes to the MDHR Discrimination Hotline –
  • Include anti-Asian racism in your overall anti-racism analysis and work.
  • Support your Asian American friends, families, and neighbors.  Let them know you are there for them.  Offer to be with them in public spaces.
  • Take action with us at the Asian Minnesotan Alliance for Justice (AMAJ).
  • Contact your representative to support the Hate Crime Bill - HF 1691 to strengthen hate crime laws and provide support for community responders.
  • Ask for Asian American History Curriculum to be included in your school
  • Attend a bystander training, be an Ally.
  • Support a local Asian Minnesotan organization.
Photo Credit: MPR and Humanizing through Story

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Photo Credit: Humanizing through Story

Trylon Cinema Announces Wong Kar Wai Retrospective Lineup

DATE: Fridays, April 2-30, 2021
PLACE: Online,
Minneapolis’ Trylon Cinema has announced its Wong Kar Wai retrospective lineup.

The Trylon has been planning for years to show these beautifully shot, hypnotic movies, which were unavailable while restoration work was completed. Online screenings were offered in January, and the Trylon is thrilled to be able to screen them in their cinema next month.

The Hong Kong New Wave of the end of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st century was a revolution of cinema not only for China or Asia, but the entire world. As Hong Kong reverted back to China in 1997, an anxiety, which has borne itself out, weaved in and out of the film industry. The pre-eminent member of the New Wave, Wong Kar Wai, was creating films that were especially transformative. Cyclical, lyrical and poetic, these films swirl above our heads in an almost otherworldly space.

Staying Connected With Students and Youth During COVID-19: Four-part series


Part 2: Maintaining Meaningful Teacher-Student Connections in the Time of COVID-19
April 5, 2021 2:00–3:00pm Central

Part 3: Tips for Keeping the "Social" in Social Emotional Learning
April 19, 2021,2:00–3:00pm Central

Part 4: Cultivating Belonging in the Era of COVID-19
DATE/TIME: May 3, 2021,2:00–3:00pm Central

Our ability to stay connected and generate a sense of “home” and safety is critical during the pandemic, as well as beyond. Feeling connected is a key factor that impacts our well-being, productivity, engagement, and our ability to reduce internal stress. We may have to shelter-in-place and practice distancing, but there are still ways we can connect and practice inclusion

In the wake of COVID-19 school closures, educators, parents, and students across the globe are coping with a new reality. In this four-part webinar series we will explore research on belonging and connectedness, they key tenants of virtual communication for educators, and effective strategies for building virtual connectedness.

UN ECOSOC Youth Forum 2021

DATE/TIME: April 7-8, 20212:00–3:00pm Central
PLACE: Online,

The two-day event will feature plenary sessions, interactive thematic and regionally-based discussions, and provide an opportunity for a rich exchange of views and ideas on innovative solutions to issues of relevance to young people.

The Forum is being organized by the UN Department of Economic Affairs (UNDESA) in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth (OSGEY), the Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY), the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO) as well as partners in the UN system.

Youth leaders from around the world will have the opportunity to engage with government representatives, youth delegates, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders in civil society and the private sector.

Community Safety Training  

DATE/TIME:  Saturday April 10, April 24, May 8 from 11:00am–5:00 p.m.  
PLACE: 24th Street Omega Place Auditorium (Little Earth), Register 

Hosted by: Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) together with Little Earth Protectors (LEP), American Indian Movement (AIM), Twin Cities Democratic Socialist of America (DSA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Cedar-Riverside Community Council

Learning Objectives: 
Build out de-escalation skills of participants based on identifying their trigger points & anchor points based in Unarmed Civilian Protection.  
Strengthen participant's ability to hold space during actions and crisis points through Healing Justice methodologies.  
Provide a Healing Circle space that is grounded in emotional safety and security & mutual aid/protection.

Lunch provided by: PowWow Grounds  

Event Page: 


DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 13th 2021, 6:00PM CT
Register Here.

DATE/TIME: Monday, April 19th 2021,  3:00PM CT/ 2:00PM MT/ 1:00PM PT/ 11:00AM HST. 
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DATE/TIME: Monday, May 3rd 2021, 12:00PM CT
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DATE/TIME: Friday, May 14th 2021, 11:00AM CT
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DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 20th 2021, 4:00PM CT
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DATE/TIME: Friday, May 24th 2021,  3:00PM CT
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The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person.

Confronting the other pandemic: mental health and young people

DATE/TIME:  Wednesday April 14, 2021, 1:00pm CST
PLACE: Online,
One year in, how is the pandemic hitting our students, inside and outside school? How are young people navigating isolation and, for some, mental health challenges? And what creative ideas have surfaced this year that may point to a new culture of health?

Join us Wednesday, April 14, when we hear from two Ashoka Fellows who lead peer networks of young people - Louise Langheier, co-founder of Peer Health Exchange, and David Flink, founder of Eye to Eye - about how they have adapted across the year, and what's ahead.

So you might want to be a teacher?: Alternative methods of early childhood

DATE/TIME:  Thursday, April 15, 22, 29 2021, 5:00-6:00pm (3 Part Sessions)

Anna Gilbertson, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Anoka County, 763-324-3497

Kim Ferguson, Administrative Services Assistant, Anoka County, 763-324-3499
Traditional. Montessori. Waldorf. Reggio. Multi-sensory. Hands on. Differentiated instruction. Individualized approaches. In this 3-part series, Cindy Goldade will introduce you to different methods of education. You will explore the roles of the child and the adult, the role of the environment (indoor and outdoor), and materials used in teaching. Each session will be different and engaging. **Teaching doesn’t have to equate with the way you were taught.

Health Disparities Roundtable: Disparities in COVID-19 — Social Justice, Policy, and Ethical Considerations in Vaccinating the U.S. Population Webinar

DATE/TIME:  Friday, April 16, 2021, 9:00am-10:30am CST

The Health Equity Work Group at the UMN School of Public Health is pleased to host the annual Health Disparities Roundtable. 

Join keynote speakers Rachel Hardeman, Camara Phyllis Jones, and Michael Osterholm, for a timely conversation, moderated by Jaime Slaughter-Acey, that will explore COVID-19 policy considerations and vaccination strategies through a lens of social justice and structural racism.

Continuing education credits are available. 

This webinar is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

Asian American Identity Development Theory

DATE/TIME:  Friday, April 19, 2021, 10:00am 
PLACE: Online, Instagram @asiansformentalhealth
Join Dr. Jean Kim and Dr. Jenny Wang on Instagram Live for Asian American Identity Development Theory, which Dr. Jean Kim Developed. 

Deliberation Day - Youth and Opportunity CGA Forums

DATE: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
PLACE: Online, For more information contact Kara Dillard at

Join us for the National Week of Conversation. A full day of online forums will be held using the new issue discussion guide Youth and Opportunity: What Should We Do For Future Generations to Thrive?

2-3:30 pm EST CGA Open Forum
5-7:00 pm EST Intergenerational Open Forum on Zoom
8-9:30 pm EST Zoom + CGA Open Forum

Suicide Prevention Learning Collaborative Forming-

DATE/TIME: April 21, 2021-May 25th, 2021, 9:00–10:00am Central
PLACE: Online Zoom, Complete Interest Form by April 6

April 20: Orientation; Identifying & Engaging Stakeholders
April 27: Assessing Readiness for Change: School Climate & Culture
May 4: Strategic Planning & Cultural Implications in Suicide Prevention
May 11: Implementing Suicide Prevention Programs in Schools
May 18: Law, Liability, & Lessons Learned
May 25: Plan Presentations & Group Feedback

The six-session learning collaborative will help participating schools and districts develop a data-driven, evidence-based, and culturally relevant suicide prevention plan. The learning collaborative offers technical support and coaching, strategic planning, and collaborative peer learning experiences with the expected outcome of schools/districts creating and implementing a comprehensive suicide prevention plan. 

Learning Objectives
  • Identify stakeholders and engage administrators, staff, and community partners
  • Assess and review current school policies, programs, and culture
  • Understand the essential components of a school-based suicide prevention strategy   
  • Identify prevention strategies that are responsive to the needs and cultures of students in their school
  • Develop a school-based suicide prevention implementation plan

Ending Vaping The Way it Starts

DATE/TIME: April 21, 2021-May 25th, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm Central
PLACE: Online Webinar Register Here

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be co-hosting a complimentary webinar to provide an exclusive sneak preview into a new social-first, teen-first, vaping-first intervention developed in partnership with Hopelab and UC San Francisco.

According to a recent study in JAMA Pediatrics, 45% of teens who vape want to quit. It’s hard to face a problem that started socially… alone. In response, our new intervention, Quit the Hit, educates teens on quitting through peer support groups on Instagram, providing coping tools to make quitting easier and connecting them with peers who are also trying to quit. Quit the Hit can especially help teens who want to stop vaping but are not yet ready to sign up for a formal cessation service.

You'll learn:
  • Research insights from focus groups with teens who vape and want to stop.
  • The science behind social-media-based interventions.
  • How to apply an Instagram-based approach to cessation education.

More than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents

DATE/TIME: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 6:00pm-7:00pm
PLACE: Online, Register

More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents teaches parents how to be smart about mental health. Parents will learn how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation with their child, and get him or her help.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify signs of depression and other mental health problems
  • Learn strategies to talk with youth about mental health
  • Learn how to access mental health services and supports

Wells Fargo Beyond College: 2021 Webinar Series A young man watches a webinar on a desktop computer.

Covering a wide variety of topics from personal finance to professional development, the 2021 Beyond College Webinar Series may help better prepare you for what’s next after college.

DATE/TIME: April 22, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Budgeting and Money Management 101.

Learn financial strategies for life during and after college, including investing, principles, and the important lesson of paying yourself first.

DATE/TIME: May 20, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET 
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Entrepreneurship and the gig economy.

Find out if you are ready to start your own business, and learn about tools and resources to help.

DATE/TIME: May 20, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET 
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Wells Fargo careers and internships.
Recruiters from Wells Fargo share information about internships and full-time career opportunities, including how to apply.

DATE/TIME: June 17, 2021, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET 
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Salary vs. value: How to determine which role is perfect for you.
Know what to consider when evaluating job offers and what you can negotiate.

DATE/TIME: July 29, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Entrepreneurship and the gig economy.
Recruiters from Wells Fargo share information about internships and full-time career opportunities, including how to apply.

DATE/TIME: August 26, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Digital Native: Social media smarts.
Join a discussion about how social media can promote or destroy your personal brand.

Link to full site:

Online Youth Worker Conference- Amplify

DATE/TIME: Friday, April 23, 2021, 9:00am-3:00pm (session A, B, and/or C)
PLACE: Online,

AMPLIFY:  Youth Workers Connect is a conference for those who support young people. It is supported by Youth Studies & Youth Development Leadership at the University of Minnesota.

We are hosting engaging workshop sessions on a diverse variety of topics, with facilitators aiming to share important information and then invite you into meaningful discussions and brainstorming focused on improving practice with colleagues from around the state (and world). Come to one session, or come to several. Topics already in our line-up include supporting youth mental health during the pandemic (and beyond), creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, and furthering racial justice work as a youth worker in a variety of contexts.

Basic Needs Resource Fairs

DATE/TIME: Monday, April 26th, 5:00-6:00pm and Monday, May 17th, 11:00am-12:00pm
PLACE: Online,
Zoom Meeting ID: 881 9834 8684
Passcode: 100832

 Youth Workers Connect is a conference for those Parents/Caregivers will...
-Meet with community resource navigators one-on-one and get your questions answered!
-Meet with Resource Navigators one-on-one to get connected with basic needs resources available in Ramsey County.
-Learn about the Resource Guide and Community Bulletin Boards available to the community.
-Meet with staff from Ramsey County Children's Mental Health Collaborative to get signed up for resilience coaching, monthly trainings/events, and mental health/wellbeing support.
-Enter into a raffle to win prizes! (must register)

YELS logoThe Sioux Chef Takes Center Stage

DATE/TIME: Thursday, April 29, 4:00pm-5:30pm
PLACE: Online, Register 
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Sam Mihara is a second-generation Japanese American. His parents were born in Japan and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1920’s. Sam was born in the early 1930’s and raised in San Francisco. When World War II broke out, the United States government forced Sam and his family to move, first to a detention camp in Pomona, California, and then to a remote prison camp in Northern Wyoming, where they stayed for three years. The camp was one of 10 in the United States. Together the camps housed a total of 120,000 West Coast residents of Japanese ancestry, most of them U.S.-born American citizens.

YELS logoThe Sioux Chef Takes Center Stage

DATE/TIME: Thursday, April 29, 7:00pm-8:00pm
PLACE: Online, Register
The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Food Movement, with Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson.

Join us for a special preview of Owamni by The Sioux Chef and the restaurant's powerful role at the center of an Indigenous cultural movement

With the imminent completion of the Water Works Pavilion and surrounding park at the Central Riverfront in Minneapolis, Owamni by The Sioux Chef will take center stage. It’s the first restaurant from Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson, co-owners of The Sioux Chef, who are at the forefront of an Indigenous food movement that’s restoring authentically local, healthy, and sustainable food practices which are rooted in Indigenous cultural traditions.

Youth In Educational Leadership Summit

DATE/TIME: Thursday, April 29, 7:00pm
PLACE: Online, Register
YELS logoStudents across Minnesota grades 8 - 12 are invited to join us on April 24 and 25 for an exciting day full of virtual trainings and workshops designed and facilitated by their peers. We are also inviting parents, teachers, and community members to attend and learn directly from students how to best support them as they work to shape their experience in education.
If you are a student that is passionate, driven, and would like to facilitate a 30 minute or 1-hour session or workshop for your peers and supportive adults, sign up to be a youth presenter! Honorariums will be provided for youth facilitated sessions.
Across the state, young people are in positions of leadership in their schools and communities, working within the same system and towards similar goals regarding education and equity. However, we rarely have the opportunity to meet and collaborate directly. We know that strong youth voice, representation, and partnership is necessary in order to create a Minnesota that empowers ALL students

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Songkran Festival Presented by Thai Cultural Council of MN At Wat Promwachirayan

DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 15th, 2021, 10:00am-6:00pm
PLACE: Wat Promwachirayan, 2544 Highway 100 S, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
● 10:00 AM Morning Chanting
● 11:00 AM Alm Offering to monks
● 12:00 PM Songkran Parade
● 1:00 PM Lion Dance
● 2:00 PM Songkran Fashion Show
● 3:00 PM Live Music
● 6:00 PM Program Ends Activities

Thai street food, beverages, and desserts, Thai souvenir vendors, Wat Thai booth with water blessing, Photo booth

Hmong Family Celebrate Your Park Day

DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 15th, 2021, 1:00pm-4:00pm
PLACE: Centennial Park, 6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy. Brooklyn Center, MN  55430

Gen-K: K-Pop Talent Showcase

DATE/TIME: July 28, 2021, 8:00pm
PLACE: Online, Youtube

A production highlighting the talents of the Gen Z K-Pop Community in Minneapolis. Featuring dance cover teams and vocalists from across the Twin-Cities, we invite you to join us on Wed., July 28th, 2021 (8PM CST) on YouTube!  Learn more about us at View on your desktop for best experience. Connect with us! or Email (
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