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Dec 20th

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Program provides lifeline for older foster kids

Program provides lifeline for older foster kidsThe transition to adulthood can be a bumpy road for young people, and family support is often a critical lifeline. But for foster kids who have aged out of the system, the transition is even harder, as many lack the skills needed to make the jump to adulthood. A recent study from the University of Chicago suggests that extending foster care, or providing additional support until age 21, helps aid the transition, and one Minnesota program is doing exactly that. The Division of Indian Work's Healthy Transitions program teaches a range of life skills such as resume building and job hunting, applying for college, and apartment hunting.

Korina Barry is a youth worker with the program. "All of these youth are coming out of foster care with little to no support at all, and our program alone provides them with at least one person. Just being their support, we can provide them with so much, and saving the system a lot of money because they are not ending up in jail, or ending up on welfare services," she said.
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Youth, engagement, philanthropy fund launched

The Minneapolis Foundation and the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board (YCB) are engaging young people to help address youth violence, through the launch of a new (612)

YEP (Youth Engagement Philanthropy) fund. The fund is the first of its kind created by the two organizations, in which young people will choose which projects receive financial support. The fund is now accepting applications for projects and activities that reflect the goals of the City of Minneapolis’ “Blueprint for Action: Preventing Youth Violence.” Only projects involving youth leadership will be eligible for funding. Grants will range in size from $1,500 to $3,500; a total of $40,000 is available.

“The Minneapolis Foundation and YCB joined forces because we both understand the importance of young people’s involvement in the community, especially around this critical issue,” said Ann DeGroot, YCB’s executive director. “This joint effort combines YCB’s expertise in working with youth, with the grantmaking expertise of The Minneapolis Foundation, while providing an opportunity for young people to understand another facet of civic life and invest in solutions they believe in.”
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Community Action makes getting food stamps a SNAP

Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties was awarded $120,900 to establish a Food Support Program. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and Greater Twin Cities United Way, this program will increase both awareness of and access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) among low-income households throughout Community Action’s service area.

In a recent report titled How Effective Are We?, Ramsey County Community Human Services stated that “In 2008, 60% of those eligible for food support in Ramsey County received their benefits.” Thousands of eligible Ramsey County residents are not receiving food support benefits. The report further noted that seniors in particular have a “lower rate of participation.” Making food support available to eligible people frees up funds for other basic necessities such as transportation, rent and medical care.
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Community Action makes getting food stamps a SNAP

Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties was awarded $120,900 to establish a Food Support Program. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and Greater Twin Cities United Way, this program will increase both awareness of and access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) among low-income households throughout Community Action’s service area.

In a recent report titled How Effective Are We?, Ramsey County Community Human Services stated that “In 2008, 60% of those eligible for food support in Ramsey County received their benefits.” Thousands of eligible Ramsey County residents are not receiving food support benefits. The report further noted that seniors in particular have a “lower rate of participation.” Making food support available to eligible people frees up funds for other basic necessities such as transportation, rent and medical care.
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Bus cards, tokens no longer sold at Hennepin County Government Center Service Center effective Dec. 1

Effective Dec. 1, the Hennepin County Government Center Service Center will no longer sell MTC bus cards and tokens. Bus cards and tokens can be purchased at a number of locations. Go to the Metro Transit website – www.metrotransit.org – for additional information.

J.D. Steele and the MacPhail Community Youth Choir – Youth from Twin Cities join in song and cultures

J.D. Steele and the MacPhail Community Youth Choir – Youth from Twin Cities join in song and culturesJ.D. Steele (of the Steele family singers) and MacPhail Center for Music have brought together youth in grades 7-12, from all corners of the Twin Cities, all walks of life, to join hands and voices in a new youth choir which was created last spring. The MacPhail Community Youth Choir (MCYC), is led under the direction of Steele.

The MCYC Winter Concert is December 1, 7 pm in Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music, 501 South Second St., Minneapolis. They will be in performance with the MacPhail Suzuki String Teens with music selections written by members of the MCYC.
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Tickets can now be paid online or by phone

Recipients of tickets issued by the State Patrol, the Department of Natural Resources, or local law enforcement anywhere in Minnesota can now pay their fines via an automated phone system or online using a credit card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is only available for citations that do not require a court appearance, which are referred to as “payable citations.”

Payments can be made by calling 651-281-3219 in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, or toll-free at 1-800-657-3611. Payment can also be made through the Judicial Branch website www.mncourts.gov Payments may still be made at the courthouse in the county where the ticket was issued, or by mail.
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