the pendulum of public safety
how stories illuminate and obscure
A poem by Saymoukda Vongsay
Position: Peace Guide
Due to working within elementary schools, hours for this position will vary as follows:
Location / Work Site:
Most hours will take place at the elementary school the Peace Guide is assigned to, either Kaposia Elementary in South St. Paul or St. Helena’s Catholic School in South Minneapolis.
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Pay Rate: Between $16 – $20 per hour. This part-time position is not benefits eligible.
PeaceMaker Minnesota will reimburse employees and volunteers for mileage driven while on PeaceMaker Minnesota business. PeaceMaker Minnesota will use the standard business mileage reimbursement rate as determined by the IRS.
PeaceMaker Minnesota will determine the miles that employees drive from home to their primary PeaceMaker Minnesota work site, and from their primary work site to home. Miles driven to and from one’s home for PeaceMaker Minnesota business in excess of these miles are reimbursable.
Program Purpose & Summary:
To help kids learn to be peacemakers and to help create a positive learning environment. The Peace Guide does this by supporting school staff members (administrators, teachers, aides, social workers, school resource officers, etc.) and by working with students to help them to improve communication, relational and conflict resolution skills. The Peace Guides helps youth to develop empathy, to include others, to address bullying, to repair harm, to advocate for oneself and others, to use kind – Person First – language, to accept and take personal responsibility for their actions, to develop friends who play a positive role in their lives, and to build community. The Peace Guide is a caring adult in the lives of youth to help them to feel listened to, valued and cared for.
The Peace Guide will work at their assigned school. The Guide may occasionally need to attend meetings at the PeaceMaker Minnesota office in Roseville, or travel to other Metro Area locations for training or meetings.
Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
Required Education and Experience:
Six months or more of experience working directly with elementary-age children (k-8) in a structured setting with demonstrated ability in helping them resolve conflicts, repair harm, and improve relationships.
Desired Education and Experience:
Experience applying restorative justice principles and practices preferred. Mediation experience preferred. Completion of foundational circle training and introduction to restorative practices preferred.
Required Credentials / Licensure:
Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications:
This position reports to assigned school staff member (for example, Principal, etc.) and to the PeaceMaker Minnesota Peace Guide Service Manager.
About PeaceMaker Minnesota
To help create a more peaceful world, the mission of PeaceMaker Minnesota is to help schools to be safer places, free from bullying and harassment, and to help youth learn positive relational skills like empathy, respect, cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully.
PeaceMaker provides the following services:
Our vision is for kids – all kids in every community – to learn to be peacemakers. Our strategy is to support more school employees, students, and others in teaching kids to be peacemakers. We strive to be leaders in violence prevention education and generators of support for helping youth learn to be peacemakers. Founded in 1998, PeaceMaker Minnesota meets all standards of the Charities Review Council, earned a Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, and is a giving option for the State of Minnesota Employee Fund Drive.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At PeaceMaker Minnesota, our mission is to help schools to be safer places for everyone. We honor and celebrate diversity within the people and communities who make that possible: partner schools, students, staff, volunteers, Board of Directors members, interns, vendors, community partners, and others. We call on one another to demonstrate and utilize the skills our programs and services aim to develop in young people: empathy, respect, cooperation, and peaceful conflict resolution.
We work to maintain an inclusive environment in which those we work with feel welcomed, included, heard, respected, and valued. Including diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives helps to generate innovation and progress, making our organization stronger and leading to better services and programs for the people and communities we serve.
This position description outlines the general nature and level of work performed by people employed in this position. The mission of PeaceMaker Minnesota requires that employees demonstrate flexibility in terms of accepting and sharing other, sometimes unforeseeable responsibilities as well as those described in this description.
JOB TITLE: Assistant Director, Host Home and Collective housing
Avenues for Homeless Youth Community-Based housing provides emergency shelter, short-term housing, rapid re-housing and supportive services for youth and young families experiencing housing instability and homelessness. We strive to do that in a safe and nurturing environment through a social justice lens. Through such service, Avenues seeks to partner with youth and young families while they define their experiences, life dreams and future. Our work takes into account historical trauma, systems of oppression and intersectionality while being grounded in the power of resiliency, healing and community.
The Assistant Program Director is responsible for the general operations, services and outcomes of the community-based programs. The position provides leadership and support to the community-based programs by helping teach program to cultivate programming that is reflective of cultural awareness, youth determination and social justice advocacy and change.
REPORTS TO: Director of Programs
· Provide Program Managers with leadership and support, both in professional development as well as program development.
· Assist Program Managers with community engagement, locally, nationally and globally.
· Ensure that program values and expectations are clearly understood and followed by youth and staff
· Train and support staff in practicing principles-based work, including the following principles: trauma-informed, harm reduction, trusting relationships, strengths-based, journey-oriented, collaborative, non-judgmental, PYD, and holistic.
· Support staff in utilizing a social justice model that supports liberation and self-determination.
· Work with Director of Programs to help establish a research, evaluation and education institute. This includes creating an internal education institute to identify, train and support staff as needed, agency-wide and program specific.
· Work with Program Managers to create and sustain culturally appropriate models that re-enforce and move Avenues towards its mission, vision and values.
· Support outreach and community awareness to help sustain funding for each program.
· Work in partnership with Program Managers to create a program strategic plan that sustains program growth and viability.
· Assist Program Manager(s) with recruiting and strengthening how we recruit, screen, train and support hosts with an emphasis on hosts that are reflective of the communities served.
· Assist Program Manager(s) with engaging and strengthening how we connect with, screen, train and support Ubuntu with an emphasis on community members that are reflective of the communities served.
· Work in partnership with Program Managers to support Youth Advocate and Engagement Specialist, volunteers, interns and youth.
· Provide direct supervision of program evaluation and outcomes.
· Ensure the accurate and timely data entry into HMIS or other client data management system, if different.
BA, BS or a Master’s degree in the field of human or social services, or other appropriate degree, plus 3 years of experience managing a program that supports youth who experience multiple systemic barriers. Experience with and commitment to principles-based youth work and restorative justice required. Understanding of power, privilege and systems of oppression required. Lived experiences and cross-transferable skills are welcomed and will be considered.
Avenues’ Assistant Director, will enjoy leading with a strong team approach, have excellent verbal and written communications skills, strong problem-solving and team-building abilities, a keen focus on the interests of the youth we support, computer proficiency, attention to detail, willingness to do paperwork and ensure all team members complete paperwork, and the desire and ability to take initiative and follow-through.
· Employment Status: Part-Time, Salaried, Exempt
· Hours: 24 hours per week, including some evening and weekend hours
· Location: Office will be at both the Brooklyn Park, North Minneapolis, and Camden location, but local travel will be required to other sites
· Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Persons of color are encouraged to apply.
Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, references and salary requirements to Zayed Ahmed, Director of Programs at email@example.com. No phone calls please.
Position: Senior Communications Strategist Description: full time, start date ASAP Location: Wherever you live, as long as it’s in the Twin Cities Education: Whatever you got Salary: Salary will be set commensurate with experience and will include a full package of benefits including health and dental insurance, matching retirement, investment in personal development, and an expansive time off policy. Range: $58,000-$69,000 OVERVIEW: Black Visions is seeking a Senior Communications Strategist to support the day-to-day implementation of our strategic communications work. The Senior Communications Strategist will work closely with the Co-Director and Digital Strategist to develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive communications strategy for the organization. Black Visions is a leading organization on the ground in Minnesota advancing the narratives of abolition and the strategies to get us there while also expanding upon the conversations and impacts of state violence on Black people across this country. This person will join the communications team and lead with bold, visionary values to develop and disseminate communications materials and training, to track and analyze media for narrative intervention, and maintain relationships with local and and national media, and more. The ideal candidate has 3-5 years of experience in developing and implementing communications strategy and campaigns with an analysis of race, class, gender and ability. They are self-organized, detail-oriented, flexible, and accountable to deadlines. They are able to work creatively, independently and collaboratively. They know how to authentically engage Black people and other key audiences and are willing to be innovative and strategic. They have previous management experience and are comfortable juggling multiple tasks and timelines. Most critical, this candidate must be excited, able, and willing to work within the nuances of a new and emerging Black organization in Minnesota. ABOUT BLACK VISIONS: Since 2017, Black Visions has been putting into practice the lessons learned from organizations before us, as well as our direct experience in building within the Movement for Black Lives, in order to shape a political home for Black people across Minnesota. Throughout our intentional growth process, we aim to center our work in healing and transformative justice principles, sustainability, and developing Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns. By building movements from the ground up with an integrated model, we are creating the conditions for long term success and transformation. Mission: Black Visions is a Black-led, Queer and Trans centering organization whose mission is to organize powerful, connected Black communities and dismantle systems of violence. Vision: Black Visions believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems. Black Visions Collective is currently in a period of growth, accountability, and development. All prospective applicants must be willing to grow with the organization as we move into our next iteration. CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:
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About this Event
With images of the Grandmother moon (Nokomis), fire, earth, water, and the jingle dress dance entwined in swirling colors, Madweyaashkaa celebrates the resilience of Indigenous women on a spectacular scale. An animated video collage projected onto the 400 x 50 foot wall of the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock wall is synced with a soundscape of music composed by Lyz Jaakola (Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe) and a recorded narrative by Dakota/Ojibway First Nation elder Millie Richard. Viewers will also find three silent video projections with flickers of imagery from the main video distributed around the lock.
This piece will explore themes of homecoming and finding connection within ourselves to culture, ancestors, and nature, no matter how far away we may sometimes feel. From an Anishinaabe perspective, it is a reminder that Nokomis is always around, an elder always ready for us to reach out and willing to hear what’s in our hearts.
A note on place and language:
Owmani-yomni is ‘whirlpool’ in the Dakota language. Gakaabika is ‘severed rock’ in the Ojibwe language. Both are the names of the place where the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam currently sits, in the homelands of the Dakota.
Prior to colonial settlement, the Dakota lived along Owamni-yomni / Gakaabika and Ojibwe,Ho-Chunk, and other nations traveled through that place. It was and still is an important and sacred place to Ojibwe, Ho-Chunk, Dakota and Indigenous peoples currently living here.
What to expect:
COVID-19 Safety Protocol:
We are aware of Minnesota’s COVID-19 guidelines for public outdoor events and venues. Illuminate The Lock is a timed-entrance outdoor event that requires registration to ensure capacity compliance. We want to do our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We will communicate any changes to this event on our website, social media, and via email to anyone who has already registered.
Moira Villiard is a self-taught, dynamic visual artist, Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe direct descendent, and current Minnesota-based community organizer.
Madweyaashkaa is presented as part of Bring Her Home: Sacred Womxn of Resistance, an annual exhibition at All My Relations Arts gallery that invites Indigenous artists to reflect on the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
This project is a partnership with All My Relations Arts, a program of Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), Northern Lights.mn, Mississippi Park Connection and Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and is supported through a grant from the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board.
Located at: Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam | 1 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
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