by Nyemadi Dunbar
Stories of greatness often start before their time — a film, family member, or public figure that spoke to the essence of the story’s main character. For Jasmine Parker, that passed-down example of inspiration and greatness came from her mother.
Though Jasmine would not enter the medical field like her mother, she was determined to find her own way to ensure people had the nourishing ingredients that we all need in order to thrive, and to discover the greatness in ourselves. In that way, she’d carry on the example of giving that shaped her growing up. Jasmine Parker is now a mother herself, raising four sweet kids on St. Paul’s east side, each with their own take on life, and their own unique needs.
In 2013, information arrived at her doorstep about 30,000 Feet (30k) — a program that provides arts education and technology apprenticeships as a first step to many levels of change. Jasmine seized the opportunity.
“There were no barriers”
says Jasmine, highlighting the warm accessibility of 30k’s initial outreach. Nine years later, Jasmine’s continued presence in the program is a nod to her way of “speaking up and out” for herself and in service to others.
Jasmine’s kids are a presence at 30k as well. Her daughter is the eldest; a high-schooler who excels in her studies and makes use of 30k’s internship program. Her two sons, middle-schoolers, are learning how to use their love of music to connect with their classroom studies. For them, 30k’s after-school academic support and art residencies have been positively impactful. The youngest of Jasmine’s children is a 7-month old who will no doubt be nurtured and supported down his own wonderful path.
Jasmine, a savvy risk-taker who likes seeing ideas through, feels at home on 30k’s concerned parents committee, mental illness board, and homelessness board. Through 30k, Jasmine feels better equipped to understand current events that affect her life and how mental health and homelessness impact one another.
Jasmine knows that people of color in Minnesota struggle with homelessness and lack of mental health support at disproportionate rates. But she didn’t need statistics to understand the importance of battling homelessness and working to bring mental health resources to St. Paul schools.
She’s lived the data points; enduring both issues and journeying to find the best way to understand and overcome barriers.
“I had instabilities that I was afraid to deal with or even let people know about because I wanted to make it appear that everything was okay,”
“But mental illness doesn’t look a certain type of way. It affects all of us.”
Jasmine’s goal is not only about seeing numbers of those affected by social ills or lack of resources decline. She wants to usher in a world where it “won’t be so uncommon or unheard of to see a group of young, Black women and men that are all for the community.” The pivotal presence of Jasmine’s mom that began a chain of greatness now flows through Jasmine to her children and greater community — both primed to thrive. Through Jasmine’s influence and 30k’s programming, new stories have begun:
Jasmine’s daughter is a positive presence and voice for her friends and classmates, channeling the greatness that has been passed down to her into her peers. If there’s something amiss, whether it’s bullying or other harmful happenings, Jasmine’s daughter is there to step in — pulling her strength from watching her mom buff down injustices daily.
Jasmine’s sons have become more vocal in standing up for themselves; rooted in a stronger sense of self through learning better social and emotional development at 30k’s after-school program. They’ve also turned into published artists in their own right. The two produced a song (from lyric to beat) on what they experienced following George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police in 2020. 30k was there to give them the support and space they needed to be creative.
And as Jasmine continues her efforts, parents are learning from her that “it doesn’t matter what you look like or where you come from” in order to push for (and achieve) wins like rent stabilization or learning how to best fight for issues close to one’s heart. Understanding and unpacking social issues is a give and take.
You can listen, but Jasmine also encourages people to not “take anyone else’s word and find out for yourself.”
Jasmine is crafting her own chapter of a story that connects people across time and generations, giving a community a place to beautifully be. She glows as she speaks on the bubbling potential of youth in Saint Paul. Looking for the next wave of great thinkers and doers? “We have them here,” she says. This idea fuels her tireless energy, and gives deep personal value to her efforts. “Children only know what they see and what we teach them,” Jasmine says. That’s why she shines her guiding light so brightly.
This story was originally produced and published for 30,000 Feet by Pollen Studio.
Standpoint, formerly known as the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project (BWLAP), seeks passionate and committed volunteers with diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and professional skills to serve on our Board of Directors.
Standpoint is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote justice for domestic and sexual violence victims throughout Minnesota. Since 1996, Standpoint has established a statewide reputation as the premiere legal resource for domestic and sexual violence victims and those who work with them, including advocates and attorneys. We provide direct representation, legal information, training, litigation support, and expert support on program and legal issues.
At Standpoint, we:
Recognize the importance of an effective and skilled advocate to support domestic and sexual violence victims;
Focus on reducing barriers for under-represented and under-served groups of people;
Provide programs that meet changing and emerging needs;
Are an egalitarian, feminist and anti-oppression organization; and
Are multi-cultural and multi-ethnic in all dimensions.
Standpoint Board Members ensure healthy governance, lead strategically, serve as an ambassador, ensure financial stability, and support and supervise the Executive Director. Board Members work closely with one another in overseeing the general operations of the agency, strategic planning, fundraising, and large-scale decision-making. Board Member responsibilities include close communication with the Executive Director, active participation in fundraising campaigns, review of financial statements and approval of annual budgets, proactive building of relationships across the community, and serving as an ambassador of the organization. Board Members are expected to attend meetings every other month, serve on at least one board committee, and actively participate in all board activities during their 2-year term. Board members may serve up to four terms.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience in:
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
We also strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented communities, including but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQIA, veterans, immigrants, people of all income levels, and people with disabilities. A college degree is not required.
While our Board meets in Saint Paul, Board Members from greater Minnesota are encouraged to apply and participate remotely.
Send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Specialist Emergency Shelter (Part-time, 8 am – 4 pm, Wed-Sat)
Position: Youth Specialist Emergency Shelter (Part-time, 8 am – 4 pm, Wed-Sat)
Type: Part Time
Location: Minneapolis, MN
The Youth Specialists are responsible for the 24-7 safety, supervision, and security of the youth and building at The Link’s Safe Harbor Emergency Shelter and Housing Program for commercially sexually exploited youth. This position provides program supervision and is responsible for supporting youth and promoting a safe, supportive, and nurturing atmosphere. The position is also responsible for assisting in the holistic case-management support of youth and for developing, supporting and implementing youth programming that is culturally-competent and grounded in positive youth development, harm reduction, and trauma-informed care.
Hours: Part-time, 8 am – 4 pm, Wed-Sat
Location: Southwest Suburbs (location provided when candidates are invited to interview)
Duties and Responsibilities:
Education and Experience:
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Working Conditions and Environment:
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Compensation: This position is a part-time, 16 hour/week position. Compensation is $20.77/hour (non-exempt).
NOTE: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities
to this job at any time.
The Center for Health and Wellness (Hamre Center) at Macalester College is seeking to hire an Assistant Director of Care Management, Counseling. The Assistant Director of Care Management provides leadership in helping students access counseling care. This position coordinates intervention and support services for students with more complex counseling/mental health needs; offers referrals and provides support in accessing appropriate mental health care on and off-campus; supports student follow through with treatment plans by addressing barriers to care; maintains ongoing contact with students to address needs; advocates for students individually and systemically, and fosters self-advocacy. Also, this role coordinates care of students of concern in partnership with other departments.
The Assistant Director of Care Management oversees efficient counseling client flow through the Center for Health & Wellness. In partnership with the Director of Counseling and Operations Manager, the person in this role develops and implements clinical protocols focused on equity and best practice to best serve students with existing resources.
The Assistant Director of Care Management provides a limited amount of short-term mental health counseling to students via drop-in appointments, and occasional scheduled follow up care. The Assistant Director of Care Management, will when appropriate provide clinical supervision of Counseling Interns.
About the Center for Health and Wellness:
The Laurie Hamre Center for Health and Wellness offers integrated medical, counseling, disability, health promotion, and sexual violence prevention services and programs for all students and serves as a resource supporting the entire Macalester community’s effort to build a healthy campus. We are dedicated to providing care, support, and connection to resources for students of all identities.
The mission of the Laurie Hamre Center for Health & Wellness is to create a healthy community by working with students to achieve physical, emotional and social well-being while promoting the value of life-long learning and health.
Compensation & Benefits:
This is a full-time, .81 FTE position (full time during the academic year and 8 hrs/week during the summer) that offers an annual salary of $61,000-65,000 and includes Macalester’s Benefits package.
To be considered, please apply online via Macalester’s Employment Opportunities page by submitting both your resume and cover letter in the same pdf. Candidates who apply by April 20th will receive priority consideration. This position will be posted until filled.
All inquires about this position can be sent to:
Talent Acquisition Manager
Macalester College – Institutional Overview
Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students with the inspiration, insight, and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester enrolls nearly 2,100 students who come from virtually every state and 91 countries. Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college known for its high standards of scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.
Macalester is proud of its longstanding commitment to social justice and creating a safe environment for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, religion, age, or ability. Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities and women.
Macalester employees enjoy a fantastic benefits package and working environment that is second to none. Please visit http://www.macalester.edu/employmentservices/benefits/ for more information about benefits at Macalester College.
Our Commitment to Safety in response to COVID-19:
For the safety of our community, Macalester requires all employees to have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Should a newly hired employee be unable to receive the vaccination for either medical or religious reasons we offer accommodations and assistance.
Questions or concerns about this process should be directed to Bob Graf, Director of Employment Services, at email@example.com
As part of the continuum of services offered by The Family Partnership’s PRIDE program, this position provides psychoeducational services and trauma-informed therapy to adult and youth survivors of sex trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault. To do so, the PRIDE Therapist implements harm reduction practices when working with clients and upholds the core beliefs of the PRIDE program, as created by survivors: 1) Prostitution is NOT a victimless crime; 2) A non-judgmental approach makes it easier to access services; 3) Everyone has a right to a life without violence; 4) Treatment and recovery looks different for everyone.
Education and Experience:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Licenses and/or Certifications:
The Family Partnership has a mandated vaccination policy implemented for all employees, subject to reasonable accommodation required by law.
In addition, The Family Partnership has the following policies in place to protect both staff, clients, and visitors: screening of employees and visitors, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, social distancing, maximum room capacities, and housekeeping (cleaning, disinfecting and decontamination).
Please go to The Family Partnership Job Board to apply through our online applicant tracking system.
For more than 140 years, The Family Partnership has built strong families, vital communities, and better futures for children. We fulfill our mission through counseling, education, and advocacy, primarily in the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul area.
We Believe: Families, no matter what their form, are the foundation of strong communities.
Our Purpose Is To: Clear the path for family success.
We Pursue This By:
Diversity and open expression are fundamental to the work of The Family Partnership. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment where everyone can belong. Every member of our team enriches our work by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions.
We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our sector: individuals who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQI+ and gender fluid or gender nonconforming, individuals with disabilities (both seen and unseen), veterans, people of any age or family status.
We encourage you to apply even if you feel like you don’t fit 100% of the technical requirements.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, disability, marital status, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, genetic information or a protected veteran’s status.
Our organization has a partnership with Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities (MACC) to provide administrative services including management of the recruiting process. If you apply for this position, you may see references to MACC in some online materials.
The Family Partnership participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. See E-Verify’s official poster at https://e-verify.uscis.gov/web/media/resourcesContents/E-Verify_Participation_Poster_ES.pdf.
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