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2017 Volunteer Recognition Event

Bloomington United for Youth (BUY) will host the annual BUY Volunteer Recognition Event on Tuesday, February 7 to honor youth, adults, and community groups that make a positive difference through volunteerism.

BUY is a volunteer organization that works to engage the entire Bloomington community in the positive development of youth. BUY is composed of members from local government, schools, the faith community, businesses, civic and service organizations, as well as youth.  BUY’s philosophy is based on the 40 Developmental Assets developed by the Search Institute.

Awards are given in the areas of Individual Youth Recognition, Youth Organization Recognition, Individual Adult Recognition, and Community Group Recognition.

The criteria for the BUY Volunteer Recognition Awards are as follows:

Criteria for Individual Youth Recognition

1. Resident of - or student in - Bloomington in grades 6-12.

2. Activity should be done as a volunteer.

3. Youth has demonstrated volunteer services for a committed amount of time.

Criteria for Youth Organization Recognition

1. Organization should be composed primarily of volunteers grades 6-12

2. Group has demonstrated volunteer services for a committed amount of time.

Criteria for Individual Adult Recognition

1. Activity should be done as a volunteer.

2. Activity should benefit Bloomington youth.

3. Adult has demonstrated volunteer services for a committed amount of time.

Criteria for Community Groups Recognition

1. Organization should be composed of primarily volunteers.

2. Activity should benefit Bloomington youth.

3. Group has demonstrated volunteer services for a committed amount of time.

If you know someone who meets these criteria, please go to and complete a nomination form by Wednesday, Jan. 28th. Submissions can be accepted electronically or by mail. If you have questions please contact or 952-681-6527


Link to nomination Google Form

Job Fair

The city of Bloomington will be hosting a job fair Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm at Civic Plaza. It focuses on seasonal jobs and internships. For more information click on the following link

Voices Heard

A conversation between youth and cops. 

Community members of the Multicultural Advisory Committees of Bloomington and Richfield invite you to a community wide dinner, collaborative presentation of personal stories from high school youth and police officers, and post show discussion.

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 
Kennedy High School Auditorium

Click here for more info

Forward 2040

Over the next 20 years, Bloomington will need to respond to a variety of changes that will impact development, public infrastructure and the services the City provides. Help us update the future vision for Bloomington as well as develop goals and strategies to achieve the vision by taking this survey.

Bloomington 2040 Main Website:

2016 Kennedy Student Council volunteer recognition awards.

Visit the Box City website by clicking the image above! 

Bloomington United for Youth Award Honorees

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Bloomington United for Youth Honorees

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Bloomington United for Youth (BUY) Volunteer Recognition Awards.

Each January, citizens across the city are invited  to nominate individuals and groups who volunteer their time to make our community & world  a better place.  

The winners were  formally recognized for their efforts at a ceremony on February 9th in the Council Chambers at Bloomington Civic Plaza. Dignitaries from Bloomington Schools and the City of Bloomington were on hand to help honor the winners.


Individual Youths

Gloria Arpellet  (Jefferson Senior)

Michelle Nguyen (Jefferson Junior)


Group of Youth

Kennedy High School National Honor Society


Individual Adult:

Ginny Beckett (Valley View Middle School’s “Hope for Tomorrow”)


Community Group:

Normandale Community College America Reads / America Counts

Join Us!

We are looking for members to join in helping with our initiatives - specifically someone from the faith community, someone from law enforcement, Bloomington students that are in middle school (public or non-public) and high school students (we are in need of people to start taking over student roles on our initiatives).  Members of the business and non-profit/social service Bloomington community are also welcome. See our next meeting dates here.


Bloomington United for Youth (BUY) is the place in Bloomington where all things related to youth meet. From fun events for high school students to educational seminars for parents – and everything in between – BUY is working to engage the entire community in the positive development of youth.

Education Foundation of Bloomington

Bloomington United for Youth would like to thank the Education Foundation of Bloomington for funding through their grant.

The EFB is a volunteer, not for profit, philanthropic organization. Our Board of Directors includes community and business leaders, school personnel, and parents.


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