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Lead in 2022

Featured Opportunity: Minneapolis Youth Congress (Apply December 20th)

Minneapolis Youth Congress is seeking new members. Passionate & interested in changing the world around us? You’re the right person for the Minneapolis Youth Congress! Join the Education, Housing, Safety, Employment, Transportation, Health, or Green committee. If you’re an 8th-12th grade student, apply to be a member by December 20th, 2021. 
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December 22nd: Submit to the MLK Racial Justice Oratorical Contest

Minneapolis College students and high school seniors and juniors from Metro Area Public High Schools are invited to submit a 500- to 1000-word speech or performance piece in response to MLK-related questions and prompts. Five $1,000 scholarships will be given to the top 5 Minneapolis College winners, and one $1,000 scholarship will be given to an area high school student. Put your speaking skills to the test! Learn more and apply by December 22nd. 

January 6th: Apply to the Women’s Foundation of MN Innovators Program

Calling all young women (16-24) in Minnesota! Apply to the WFMN Innovators program now for the opportunity to receive:

?$2,500 stipend to invest in your idea, art, business, or leadership
?Networking opportunities & access to the Innovator alum network
?Leadership training

?Learn more about the program & past Innovators’ experiences:

?Apply before January 6th 2022!

January 15: Social Justice Through the Humanities (Youth Voice in Action) Mini Grants

Apply for a Social Justice Through the Humanities (Youth Voice in Action) Mini Grant by January 15thLearn more and apply. Grants will be awarded in amounts ranging from $50- $350 to implement youth-led projects that address some of the most critical issues facing our young people.

March 21: The Social Dilemma Debate Project

Newsweek, NAUDL, BUDL, and WUDL invite you to share your ideas about social media regulation. Record a 2-minute video summarizing your proposal for how we should regulate social media and upload it to The Social Dilemma Debate Project website by March 21, 2022. Up to 5 selected winners will receive a $500 scholarship and will be featured on a future episode of Newsweek’s The Debate podcast.

Keystone Best Buy Teen Tech Center – Project Invent

This January, the Keystone Teen Tech Center and Project Invent will be collaborating to host a cohort of 6-10 high school-aged teens interested in learning business skills. Participants will have the opportunity to work with clients and mentors to build a solution to a problem in their community and earn a $100 stipend. Questions? Email

Volunteer With Us!

We have in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities to judge middle school debates this semester.

No experience? No problem. We train judges at every tournament.

Sign up to take part as a volunteer judge! 

Learn in 2022

Get a Discount for Minneapolis Parks & Rec Activities

Are you interested in taking courses or activities through the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board? You can do it at a significant discount if you are 17 years old and meet income requirements. Check out scholarship opportunities on the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board website.
Best Buy, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, and uCodeGirl will be hosting a FREE virtual technology entrepreneurship training under the theme of “hacking the diversity gap in technology”. This training program is group-based and interactive. We have national and diverse female software engineers and entrepreneurs as mentors to support young women in building a software solution to an issue they identify in their community. No previous coding experience is required. Learn more and apply!