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Free Application Opportunities at MN Colleges and Universities

As many may know plenty of Minnesota high school students will be and or thinking of applying to colleges and universities. To encourage students to make that first step some of these colleges and universities do not charge application fees or at a certain time of the year. 

So please check the link below or share to anyone interested!


BOX CITY VIGIL

Registration Form - Details

You must complete the attached registration form and turn it in, along with a $5 registration fee to your School's Front Office by Friday, May 4 at 2:30 pm. After 2:30 pm, please bring your completed form and fee to the event and we will accept it until 9 pm.

Registration Form Print 


Congratulations to the winners of this years Bloomington United for Youth (BUY) Recognition Awards!

Bloomington United for Youth (BUY) hosted the annual BUY Volunteer Recognition Event on Tuesday, February 6 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.

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

If you would like to watch the whole ceremony here is a link: https://eduvision.tv/l?eRAtLL

Individual Adult Recognition Award

Dawn Anderson

Over 5 years ago Dawn Anderson started a free clothing resource called "Closet of Hope" at Bloomington Covenant Church. The operation started small, but now serves 250 Bloomington and Richfield residents each month. The shelves and racks are filled with clothing for all ages, footwear, coats, bedding and towels.

Dawn and her team demonstrate, empathy, kindness and generosity with all of the people who come through Closet of Hope.

 

Virg Senescall

For decades, Virg has tirelessly  volunteered for  groups such as the Jefferson swimming/ diving and hockey teams, and served as Vice President of Sports Operations and  director of the golf program for Bloomington Athletic Association, 

Virg is also a Board member of the Educational Foundation of Bloomington. Virg says "Giving back through volunteering and helping others is the most rewarding way to spend your life!" 

Youth Organization Recognition Award

Bloomington Education Cable Television

Nominated by Kennedy principal Carol Kampa, these 7-12th grade volunteers work in all areas of TV production from directing to cameras, to on-camera talent. They work at schools throughout the city, not just their own school helping create between over 500 new shows from Bloomington's public and private schools each year. These students help bring a slice of Bloomington to homebound seniors in our community so they feel included and informed. 

 

Community Group Recognition Award

Bloomington Police Dept. Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC)

MAC has been serving for 10 years to help connect new citizens and youth to the Bloomington Police Department. MAC works as a liaison for the communities, creates opportunities to get to know the Police, and familiarize communities to local law.

"Holiday Helpers in Blue" is one MAC initiative.  Each December his program partners traumatized youth with Bloomington Police Officers to  shop for holiday gifts for the child and the child's family members. 

Transfiguration Lutheran Church (TLC)

TLC has been partnering with Westwood Elementary School since November 4, 1956 when they held their first services in the school. 10 years ago Recently the church began a program called the "Reading Buddies" where 1 adult and 1 or more students come together weekly to read.  For those who couldn't serve during the school day,  TLC also began the Pen Pal program where the adult will write letters to 4th graders who they were matched with throughout the year.

Special Recognition Award

Sue Martel 

For 25 years, Sue Martel served as the Volunteer and Homework Connection Coordinator for Bloomington Public Schools.

She has been champion of recruiting friends and community partners all over Bloomington  - and beyond -  to encourage people to give an hour or two of their time to support students. She recruits outside the walls of the schools; grocery stores, faith communities, community events and even the pickleball courts!

She is the reason the Volunteer Connection office retains volunteers year after year.

In 2017 alone, Sue worked with over 600 volunteers, coordinating  over  37,000 hours serving Bloomington students

Sue is genuinely interested in each volunteer and finds the appropriate placement within the schools, so they feel happy and fulfilled as volunteers. 


Box City Vigil

Box City Vigil is a very fun event to raise awareness for youth homelessness! Everyone brings in boxes to build a small shelter to sleep in and store belongings for the night. There will be pizza, live music, ultimate frisbee, and prizes!

RESGISTRATION: In order to participate in Box City Vigil 2016, we ask that you register by May 9th. 

IF you are unable to register in advance please bring the form and your $5 to the event by 9pm. 

The following link below are the forms for more information.

Bloomington Learn to Lead Initiative

BLLI is a free program that, over about 40 hours spread out over 6 months, will teach participants leadership skills and how to become involved in local government and non-profits by serving on boards and commissions. We believe this program will strengthen our community by encouraging participants to not only take what they have learned and apply it in their personal and professional lives, but also share the information they have learned with their family, friends, and neighbors.

Please note that the deadline to apply is Friday, April 21.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Melissa Wurst-Persaud, at mwurst-persaud@bloomingtonmn.gov or 952-563-4650.

For more information about BLLI, visit the official site by clicking here.

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Bloomington United for Youth (BUY) Volunteer Recognition Awards.

Each year 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 7 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.

BUY Youth Co-Chairs Phoupasong Phaviseth and Bharath Sivaram presided.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 374 (Nativity of Mary) provided an honor guard, and Jefferson brothers Nathan and Landon Glenna provided entertainment.

Individual Youth

David Palmquist (Kennedy Junior)

Genevieve Lund (Jefferson Junior)

Group of Youth

Jefferson TOPPLE (Teaching our Peers Peach, Love, and Understanding)

Individual Adult:

Dwight Geisler (Bloomington Daymaker Rotary - Longtime coordinator of Bloomington Teen Job Fair)

Community Group:

Oak Grove Presbyterian Church (Supporters of Homework Connection since 2004, Home of "Oasis for Youth")

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 www.bloomingtonyouth.org and complete a nomination form by Wednesday, Jan. 28th. Submissions can be accepted electronically or by mail. If you have questions please contact tringdal@isd271.org 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 https://www.bloomingtonmn.gov/events/city-bloomington-job-fair-2017-01-07

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: https://www.bloomingtonmn.gov/forward-2040


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.

Synopsis

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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