Building meaningful education programs for Lao youth

Youth programs are one of the big areas funders and community organizations serving the Lao community are interested in, and with good reason.

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Legislators team up with Minnesota Family Council against bullying bill

Republican lawmakers are partnering with the Minnesota Family Council to rally opposition to a bill that would address bullying in Minnesota schools.

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$3.5 million too much to spend to give kids lunch in school

$3.5 million is too much to spend to make sure low income children get to eat lunch at school. I wouldn’t have thought so either, but Sen Sean Nienow has shown me the light: “If the problem is that we have one or two or 10 or 50 or 100 or 1,000 kids that have a parent that [isn't] fulfilling their responsibility, well then let’s look at targeting the resources to fix that problem, and not spend it on all 60,000 kids.”

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Minnesota spending more to help homeless youth

Lina Warner was homeless at age 17, but at 22 has a place of her own, is working and attending college. (Photo by Frances Roen)

After Minnesota officials announced Tuesday that more money would be going to organizations that help homeless youth, I talked with Lina Warner, one example of at least 1,000.

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Groups organize support for safe schools bill, prepare for March 3rd rally at Capitol

Organizations supporting the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act are ramping up organizing as legislative session nears.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | "Unchain Our Children" youth organized rally against the school to prison pipeline

On February 26th at 12:30pm, NAACP St. Paul Youth and Collegiate Branch is organizing a protest against the school to prison pipeline at Central High School in St. Paul, MN.

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In sync with the POTUS on workforce training and early childhood

One particular theme in President Obama’s State of the Union address resonated for us at Growth & Justice. And we think it might have drawn the most bi-partisan applause from business owners, educators and philanthropic leaders.

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Bullying in Minnesota: A look at the data

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Though bullying is gradually declining in Minnesota, more than 40 percent of students still report some type of bullying in public schools.

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Minnesota legislators introduce bill to ban ex-gay therapy for minors

Reps. Karen Clark and Susan Allen, both of Minneapolis, have introduced legislation to ban “conversion therapy” for minors. Conversion therapy is used to change or suppress same-sex romantic and sexual attraction and is used almost exclusively by conservative religious organizations and therapists.

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Minnesota anti-trafficking model inspires federal legislation

Minnesota passed the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act in 2011, laying the groundwork for a victim-centered response to sexually exploited children and those at risk of sexual exploitation. The Advocates for Human Rights knew when we drafted the Safe Harbor Act that it marked a sea change in how sexually exploited youth are treated in Minnesota by identifying these kids as victims of crimes, rather than criminal perpetrators.

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