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Applications now open for summer youth internships

The City of Minneapolis youth employment program STEP-UP began accepting applications for 2015 summer internship placements on Dec. 15.  Eligible youth interested in participating in the 2015 STEP-UP class have until February 18 to complete an application online. “The future that our young people dream for themselves is completely possible,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “STEP-UP provides the training, jobs, mentoring, and other support they need to step up, prepare for the future, build solid careers and become our next business and civic leaders.”

Created in 2004, STEP-UP is one of the country’s premiere youth employment programs focused on serving Minneapolis youth ages 14-21 who face some of the greatest barriers to employment, including youth from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, youth of color, youth from recent immigrant families, and youth with disabilities. Since the program was launched, it has provided nearly 20,000 internship opportunities. In addition to summer jobs, STEP-UP also provides advanced-level internships and industry-specific trainings that help interns deepen and integrate their career exposure with post-secondary education and career planning. Continue Reading →

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MN ranked second-worst state in U.S. for Blacks to live


Why do we continue to tolerate such harsh disparities?  
Several months ago, in one of the earliest “Anti-Poverty Soldier” columns to appear in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, I discussed the glaring disparities that plague people of color in Minnesota, particularly African Americans. What makes these disparities especially troublesome is that Minnesota consistently rates at or near the top of all 50 states in a myriad of quality of life measures. Consider the issue of health, for example, as the United Health Foundation ranks Minnesota the sixth healthiest state in America. Minnesota also fares quite well in the arena of education. Continue Reading →

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Tips to help you (finally!) take control of your finances in 2015


By Donna Skeels Cygan

Contributing Writer


As you look back on 2014 (and more preceding years than you’d like to admit), it’s clear that you could have done a better job of managing your finances. Perhaps you’re thinking, “Not to worry — 2015 is the year when I’ll finally save more and spend less. In fact, I’ll make that one of my New Year’s resolutions! However, if you want to rise above the 90 percent of Americans whose resolutions fail, you’ll need more than just good intentions. As is the case with accomplishing most goals, getting on the path to financial security is easiest when you plan ahead and make a series of small, sustainable changes. Continue Reading →

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Building assets to escape poverty

During the mid-to-late 2000s, America’s sub-prime mortgage crisis served as the major catalyst to a larger financial emergency which nearly brought the global economy to ruins. In the wake of this disaster, poverty and unemployment skyrocketed toward record levels and millions of American’s lost their homes. The Center for Responsible Lending reports that since 2007 nearly 13 million homes have gone into foreclosure in the United States. The regions hardest hit by this epidemic were the South, West, and Midwest, which included the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Detroit and the Twin Cities. Most affected in the Twin Cities were the neighborhoods of North Minneapolis and St. Continue Reading →

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How to choose a business attorney

It’s often said that one should choose one’s attorney in the same manner that one chooses one’s doctor. If you have a serious knee injury and one that perhaps requires surgery, you are for certain going to seek out the best orthopedic surgeon that you can find. You will want to speak to and interview that physician on their experience in performing the type of surgery that you require. You may interview another physician for a second opinion or to decide which physician best suits your needs. Most importantly, you would want the best physician that you can afford. Continue Reading →

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Five steps to that first home

Want to buy your first home? Maybe you’ve got some cash saved for a down payment and maybe even recommendations for real-estate agents from savvy friends. But have you cleared your credit report, hired a tax adviser, or weighed FHA financing compared with a conventional mortgage? Sam Williams, 31, has taken all three steps in a yearlong quest to buy her first home. “This whole experience has taught me that it’s important to have your financial act in order,” said Williams, a manager in Minneapolis, MN. Continue Reading →

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Gift yourself with self-compassion during the holidays

By Lisa Ferentz

Contributing Writer 

The holidays can be a wonderful and cozy time of year. We reconnect with those long forgotten warm sweaters that have waited patiently for us in the back of our closets. Everything we eat and drink is pumpkin flavored. We start to look longingly at our fireplaces, and even anticipate the first snowfall. But for many people, the shift out of daylight savings and other harbingers of fall and winter create feelings of anxiety, loneliness, anger, and depression. Continue Reading →

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Children’s lives at stake in fight against obesity

Farm to Head Start among many nonprofit programs making progress

This past summer, Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties’ (CAPRW) Head Start Program partnered with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy to establish a pilot program known as “Farm to Head Start.” Modeled after the successful Farm to Table movement, the Farm to Head Start Program is designed to connect young children to locally grown farm-fresh food, educate children and families about proper nutrition, and support area farmers who are producing healthy choices such as fruits and vegetables. On Sunday, November 30, CAPRW’s Farm to Head Start Program will be highlighted during the local CW 23’s television program “Our Issues Twin Cities.” This particular episode will focus on the monumental problem of childhood obesity, which most experts contend has reached epidemic levels. As part of this program, CAPRW Head Start staff will address the importance of introducing small children to healthy eating options, the challenge of delivering farm-fresh produce to low-income neighborhoods, the logistics involved in getting food from the farm to the table, and the widespread benefit of such a program to the community. These issues are significant, especially when considering the role that poverty and race play in the scourge of childhood obesity. Both nationally and locally, statistics reveal that while the obesity epidemic affects all ages, genders, and racial groups, low-income populations and communities of color are disproportionately affected by this trend. Continue Reading →

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Getting out of our own way

Doing better requires that we confront our self-defeating behaviors

It’s hard not to notice the plight that Black people are in across the nation — well, across the world. However, let’s focus solely on America. Black people are always near the top, if not number one, in every statistic for something bad. We really do not need statistics to point these things out. Just go on Broadway, Lake Street, Payne, Arcade, Penn, Rice Street, etc. Continue Reading →

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