Resources for NAZ Staff & Families 

FREE 6-Week Training for Families Interested in Working as a Hennepin County Office Specialist

Please notify your families (via email, text, or a quick call) that PPL‘s Learning Center has an upcoming Hennepin County Office Specialist training. This is a great opportunity with a key partner! Please see attached flyer for more information, and send a connection for interested families to Andre McNeal. 

What: Hennepin County Office Specialist Training
When: Screening process opens on June 5. Program runs August 21 – Sep 29, Monday through Friday, 8:30am-3:00pm 

Notes: This free six-week training, in partnership with Hennepin County, will focus on further developing administrative skills to help participants land a position as a Hennepin County Office Specialist, earning $15-$21 an hour. A two-week job shadow at Hennepin County will provide participants with hands-on experience in the Office Specialist role. 

Click here to learn more about the Office Specialist training.


Free Breakfast/Lunch for School Aged Student

Any school aged student in need of breakfast or lunch this summer can text FOOD to 877877 and receive a message back with the location closest to where they can get free summer meals.

Free IDs (State ID, Marriage, Death, or Birth Certificate)

FOR: NAZ Families in need of obtaining a State ID, Marriage, Death, or Birth certificate.

WHERE: If one of your families has no other means of obtaining these items, have them go to The Basilica of Saint Mary’s 88 North 17th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 333-1381 located at the end of downtown Minneapolis.

WHEN: ID voucher days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 930-1130,

NOTE: Arrive early and prepare to be in line by 8:00am as it gets busy. Families will be given a free voucher for any of the above documents and you will then be able to go downtown and purchase your document without any financial worries. Families must bring two forms of ID. Students can bring a student ID and a copy of their enrollment record as proof. All persons need a piece of mail with a Minneapolis address.


Free Shoes for Mpls Residents

Shoe voucher to Kmart on Lake St

Serving our neighbors who need shoes or boots

·         Mondays and Saturdays, 9:30-11:00am, Teresa of Calcutta Hall

Since 1988, we’ve provided over 200,000 pairs of shoes to children and families in Minneapolis.

What kind of help do we give?

·         Shoe vouchers redeemable at the Lake Street K-mart are available once every 12 months.

How to obtain assistance?

Apply in person in Teresa of Calcutta Hall in the undercroft on Mondays or Saturdays from 9:30-11:00am; first come, first served.

·         Each adult guest needs to be present.

·         Children do not need to be present. A medical card, Social Security card, birth certificate, or form of ID must be provided for each child.

Please bring the following documentation:

·         A picture ID.   A valid driver’s license is required for a gas card.

·         Proof of residency in 55401, 55402, 55403, 55405, or 55411 zip codes. This may be a utility bill or other piece of mail dated within 30 days of receiving the shoe voucher.

·         Minneapolis shelter or transitional housing residents need a letter from shelter

. (The shelter must be in Minneapolis, but does not need to meet the zip code requirement.)


Financial Literacy Directory for Families Looking for Financial Literacy

This directory was created to compile all of the financial services that were highlighted in the Financial Literacy Workshop on April 18th & 19th. This listing is a ‘work in progress’, and will be revised as more resources are added and updated.

On the first page, the various financial services for clients are listed. If you click on the logos, you will reach the website for the agency to get more detailed information, find schedules for classes and workshops, and contact information to refer your clients. The second page of the directory lists valuable online resources for agencies and counselors. To reach the webpages, simply highlight the URL -> right click -> click go.

Agencies can find guidance to use in developing financial literacy training for your clients including curriculum, resources and user guides.
Counselors can find tools and resources to use in one-on-one sessions with clients. This directory has been posted on websites for easy access. It can be found –

1. City of Minneapolis website – bottom of the page: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cped/metp/WCMS1P-115357

2. Hennepin County MFIP website – under in the Community resources drawer, under the Budgeting and Finance section:http://www.hennepin.us/business/work-with-henn-co/mfip-dwp-employment-services



MPHA is opening their two-bedroom public housing waitlist


Please notify your families (via email, text, or a quick call) that MPHA is opening their two-bedroom public housing waitlist. Click here for a flyer with more information.

What: Two-Bedroom Public Housing
When: Apply between June 1 8amJune 3 11:59pm or every 3rd Wednesday until waitlist has reached capacity.

Notes: Interested families MUST apply to the waitlist online at
http://www.mphaonline.com/familywaitlist (note the site is not live until June 1, and will not be optimized for mobile devices).

Questions? See Ashaundria Prowell


Job Training at PPL’s Learning Center

Please notify your families (via email, text, or a quick call) that PPL’s Learning Center has two upcoming trainings for adults interested in careers in banking or the public sector. This is a great opportunity with a key partner! Please send a connection for interested families to Andre McNeal.

What: Public Sector Office Administration Training
When: June 19 – July 28
Notes: This training improves clerical skills, builds professionalism, and includes an on-site job shadow at an employer partner

Click here for more information.



Summer Academic Enrichment Program for students in grades 3-11

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is pleased to announce the 2017 Summer Academic Enrichment Program!


The Summer Academic Enrichment program will provide stipends on a first-come, first-serve basis, to cover all or a portion of the direct cost for students in grades 3-11 to attend eligible summer academic enrichment programs in summer 2017.

  • If you are a MN resident attending an eligible summer enrichment program, and
  • You are eligible for free or reduced priced lunches*, and
  • You are currently in grades 3-11, and
  • If you are in grades 7-11 you must either have an overall “C” average or its equivalent for the most recently recorded academic term in the subject area applicable to the summer program you wish to attend*, and
  • Funds are still available.


The Summer Enrichment stipend will cover the cost of the summer program up to a maximum amount of $1,000. Students will only be able to receive one stipend.


The deadline date is established by the summer program until all funds have been awarded out to students.

How will I know if I was approved?

The summer program will notify you of your eligibility for an award from the Summer Academic Enrichment Program.

What is the Application Process?

You must apply directly to the eligible summer program. The summer program will complete the online application for a stipend from the Summer Academic Enrichment Program. Funds will be processed and will go directly to the eligible summer program.

*Documentation Needed.

You will need to provide the summer program with documentation from a school official that you are eligible for free or reduced price lunches. And if you are in grades 7-11 you will need to provide the summer program with documentation that you have either an overall “C” average or its equivalent for the most recently recorded academic term in the subject area applicable to the summer program you wish to attend.

Eligible Programs:

Program specifics:


FREE Summer Scholars Academy for entering college freshman who recently graduated from high school or a student returning to school after time away

With support from Beverly and Richard Fink, seven colleges in the Twin Cities metro area that are part of Minnesota State are offering the Summer Scholars Academy.

Whether you are an entering college freshman who recently graduated from high school or a student returning to school after time away, this program is designed to be a free* alternative to developmental education courses, saving you time and money.

Summer Scholars Academy will help ease the transition to college life by providing you the opportunity to network with peers and build your confidence as a scholar.

For full details on the gift and the program, check out our press release.


*A $75 application fee is required; however, this money may be earned back in the form of a $150 scholarship upon successful completion of the program and enrolling in fall semester courses at the Minnesota State college where you participated in Summer Scholars Academy.

Enhance Your Skills and Knowledge: Program activities are focused on building skills in reading, writing, and/or math. This work will not only help you discover your strengths and opportunities as a student, but can help you focus on the road ahead and potentially save you time and money.

Meet Fellow Students
The Summer Scholars Academy is ideal for getting to know peers who can support you during the program and beyond. The program enrolls a small cohort of students on each participating campus, providing ample opportunity for you to get to know those participating as you work, learn, think, and have fun together.

Plan for Your Future
In addition to preparing you for the near future of starting college in the fall, the Summer Scholars Academy is a chance to think and dream even bigger. Staff at each participating college can assist you in considering your academic and career goals and help map out the best path to achieving them.

Explore Student Support Service and Resources
The colleges that are part of Minnesota State are bursting with resources that can help you succeed in college and beyond. Through Summer Scholars Academy, you have an opportunity to learn about resources and services available on your campus.

Save Money
In addition to your time and commitment to the program, the Summer Scholars Academy requires a $75 application fee.* However, choosing to invest in yourself pays. If you meet all the program requirements, you will receive support for transportation costs. You may also earn a $150 scholarship toward your fall semester tuition upon successful completion of the Summer Scholars Academy when you register for fall courses at any college or university that is part of Minnesota State.

*Participating colleges may have assistance available to students facing financial hardship. Contact the individual college for details.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Century College
Inver Hills Community College
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
Normandale Community College
North Hennepin Community College
Saint Paul College

For more information about the Summer Scholars Academy, you are encouraged to use the links provided for the participating colleges and use the contact information provided by the individual college.

General inquiries about the program may be directed to:

Pakou Yang, System Director of P-20 and College Readiness, at Pakou.Yang@MinnState.edu or 651-201-1760.



Second Chance Saturdays – Every 3rd Saturday Starting 4/15 from 1130-230

Second Chance Saturday is a workshop for expungement and criminal records assistance. Partnering with local attorneys, we provide free legal advice about expunging criminal records and related issues. This work helps people with a criminal record reduce and remove the stigma and burden of having a criminal history, and the barriers that go with it, such as difficulty finding employment or housing.
Who: Families with criminal records
What: expungement and criminal records assistance
Where: UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
When: Every 3rd Saturday starting 4/15 from 1130am-230pm
Contact: Hannah Lomax-Vogt, Criminal Justice League, 419-296-1159, lomax014@umn.edu for more information

MPD Citizens’ Academy

Learn directly from investigators, trainers, precinct commanders and officers about police procedures, what it is like to be an officer and how the Minneapolis Police Department is organized at the Citizens’ Academy. This 10-week course offered by the Training Unit of the Minneapolis Police Department is open to people who:
• Are 18 years of age;
• Live or work in Minneapolis; or are parents, partners, or spouses of employees of Minneapolis Police Department; and
• Pass a background check.

Topics include Use of Force, Investigations, K-9 Unit, 911 Operations, Emergency Response Unit and much more. For any questions or for information on registering for the class, Mary Lou Fiala in the Training Unit of the Minneapolis Police Department, 673-3420.

The Minneapolis Police Department seeks to serve people from a wide variety of backgrounds when selecting participants in its Citizen’s Academy classes. It attempts to attract candidates of different ethnicities, professions, cultural backgrounds, age groups, and neighborhoods throughout the city in the hopes of enriching class discussions and reaching out to as many communities as possible.

Seating is limited–we give priority to those applicants who commit to becoming block leaders. If seating capacity is exceeded, we will put non-block leaders on a waiting list. Applicants are requested to complete an application and will be requested to have a background check completed through the Minneapolis Police Department. Application


FREE – Fun, Lunch & Hands-on Learning for Northsiders Interested in a Career in Healthcare

Please notify families with anyone 9 and older, who are interested in becoming a doctor, dentist, nurse, vet, EMT or other healthcare professionals, of this opportunity from The Ladder. The Ladder is a society of medical scholars, ages 9-99, committed to service learning, leadership development, and cascading mentorship. This monthly event includes lunch, hands-on activities, and mentorship on next-steps for scholars of all ages interested in pursuing healthcare careers.

WHO: The Ladder (www.theladderMN.org)
WHEN: Each month, every second Saturday, from 12:30-2:30pm
WHERE: UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
COST: The Ladder is FREE and a light, healthy lunch is served
TRANSPORTATION: Bus routes 19, 32 and 7
RSVP: No reservations are needed. Please attend when your schedule permits

Click here for more information.


IN HIM Batterer Intervention Program

WHEN: Mondays from 2/27-6/12 from 6-9pm (meal served)

WHERE: 1200 Emerson Ave North, Minneapolis

ORIENTATION: Was Monday, 2/13, so please contact Dr. Wilma McKinnies at 612/529-6055 / wilma@agapeoasis.com for more information.

WHAT: Anger accountability, violence, and abuse intervention services for men.


Jobs with Minneapolis Public Schools

Forward these job opportunities to any of your friends who might have an interest in any of these positions: jobs.mpls.k12.mn.us.


New Moms Group @ Appetite for Change

A group for pregnant women, 1st time moms, and moms with a child under the age of 24 months who want to engage with other moms and learn more about healthy living, breast feeding, making baby food, and celebrating women. The group meets twice a month on Tuesdays from 5-730pm. Please see flyer for more information.


Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is hiring

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is hiring for various positions! Openings include: Advocacy Associate; Events Program Manager; Faith Relations Senior Associate; Senior Human Resources Assistant; ReStore Sales Associates at new South Minneapolis ReStore.

There are also AmeriCorps spots for Construction Volunteer Facilitators to begin in September. The living allowance for the full term (9/6/16 to 8/18/17) is $12,530 and the education award is now $5,775. If you know anyone interested in building for a year, please have them contact Heather at or visit the website. AmeriCorps is a great way to learn a new skill and get your foot in the door with working for Habitat for Humanity.


Tips on how to talk to kids about traumatic events

Please share these tips with your families on how to have the difficult conversation surrounding tragedies. Please use whatever parts are most helpful for you or your families and feel free to print it off and pass it out. You should reach out to families that you believe may be struggling the most.

If you anticipate these ideas not being enough for some families you can refer them to the 24hr crisis line where they can get support-612-379-6363.  Let families know that if they want to give a fake name or no name when speaking to a counselor they can.

Mobile units are available 24hrs and if needed can come to the home for someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Adults call 612-596-1223

For children call 612-348-2233

Submit an Opportunity

To submit an opportunity for NAZ families, be sure to fill out the form here.