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Monday, March 31, 2014

Opportunity: Small Community Innovation Grants available


Sometimes the biggest community impacts come from the smallest projects. That's why the Bush Foundation has partnered with the Headwaters Foundation for Social Justice to provide a new type of Community Innovation grant.

Back in January we let you know about the initial announcement of grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000. The new grants, available quarterly, will range from $500 to $10,000, so there are now funding opportunities for projects and ideas of all sizes!

To learn more and apply, check out this link:

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

U-Lead Advisory Academy Class Five Alumni practice and apply skills


Last weekend, alumni from Class Five of the U-Lead Advisory Academy meet over two days in Itasca State Park. In addition to learning about the history of the headwaters of the Mississippi, participants reconnected with each other, practiced skills, and, most importantly, put them to use.

Alumna Mary Kay Delvo planned and facilitated a session to jump-start a non-profit of a fellow alum. Participants used their knowledge, experience, and connections to provide the non-profit with some actionable next-steps and suggestions of individuals and groups that can benefit the organization and its board.

Reflecting on the event and the group at the end of the two days, alum Scott Peterson shared, "I feel like we are on the verge of something big."


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Opportunity: Policy Fellows Program Accepting Applications

Looking for another way to build your leadership skills and network, specifically in the area of public affairs? Consider apply for the Policy Fellows program offered by the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. This nine-month leadership and professional development experience offers a chance to
  • Focus on practical leadership skill development
  • Engage with a diverse cohort of emerging and existing leaders
  • Connect to a long standing public affairs network
Participants will focus on using leadership to advance the public good and will engage in a group project of their own design that involves community partners addressing a public policy issue.

To learn more about this great offering, including how to apply, check out the program's website.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Opportunity: Symposium on Small Towns

Minnesota's small towns are part of what makes our state unique and great. The Symposium of Small Towns is a chance to come together with others to discuss and address the changing truths of small towns and debunk the myths about migration to and from small town. Fittingly, this year's topic is Understanding Rural Migration: Myths, Trends and Opportunities Exposed. Click here for more information or read the flyer below.

WHAT: Symposium on Small Towns

WHEN: June 4 and 5, 2014

WHERE: Morris, MN


Monday, March 3, 2014

Highlights from the Compass Annual Meeting 2014

MNCompassAnnual.jpgWhat do predicting the choices of each state in the last Presidential election, finding value on the baseball diamond, and making better movie recommendations have in common? All three are informed by data.

On February 11, 2014, Minnesota Compass hosted its Annual Meeting. Entitled Minnesota next: Millennials, leadership, and the information economy, presenters used data to highlight key trends throughout the state. Here are some interesting highlights for leaders to consider:
  • Minnesota is aging but Millennials comprise the largest percentage of Minnesota's population at 28% (followed by Baby Boomers at 25%)
  • Diversity is fueling Minnesota's growth - In the past 12 years, the state's overall population grew by a modest 10%. But Minnesota experienced a 63% increase among our state's population of color
  • Employment is bouncing back, but not for all groups - At 75%, Minnesota leads the nation in the proportion of adults working, but that number plummets for some groups, including African-Americans (58%) and Native Americans (51%)

Speakers also addressed engaging millennials and using data to identify the positives.

To get more data and trends for thought, check out Minnesota Compass' site. It also contains full videos of the presentations for the dedicated data lovers.

How might you use this data guide your work, volunteering, and community?

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