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April 30, 2019

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CLUES’ Youth In Action (YA!) Program had a busy winter, with mentors and mentees from both Minneapolis and St. Paul participating in several community service projects with many different organizations.

Students and mentors wrote letters to detained immigrants in Arizona with The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, decorated bags for Meals on Wheels, sorted food for Community Emergency Service, and got into the holiday spirit volunteering for Toys for Tots and Arc’s Value Village‘s Thriftmas event. We also spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Land O’Lakes, Inc. and packed bags for people experiencing homelessness in our community.

We are so grateful for these opportunities to get involved in great causes and look forward to many more outdoor projects through the spring and summer!

 

Do you want to be part of the new cohort of the YA! Program? CLUES’ YA! guides Latino high school students to achieve their hopes and dreams through group activities. The application process is open until June 7. Apply now! http://bit.ly/CLUES_YA


El Programa Jóvenes en Acción (YA!) de CLUES tuvo un invierno muy ocupado, con mentores y alumnos de Minneapolis y Saint Paul participando en varios proyectos de servicio comunitario con muchas organizaciones diferentes.

 

Los estudiantes y mentores escribieron cartas a los inmigrantes detenidos en Arizona con el projecto The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights, decoraron bolsas para Meals on Wheels, clasificaron alimentos para Community Emergency Services, y se involucraron en el espíritu navideño de voluntariado para Toys for Tots y el evento Thriftmas de Arc Value Village. También pasamos el día de Martin Luther King Jr. en Land O’ Lakes y empacamos bolsas para personas sin hogar en nuestra comunidad.

 

¡Desde CLUES estamos muy agradecidos por estas oportunidades de involucrarnos en grandes causas y esperamos tener muchos más proyectos al aire libre durante la primavera y el verano!

 

¿Quieres formar parte de la nueva generación del programa YA? YA! de CLUES guía a los estudiantes latinos de secundaria a alcanzar sus sueños a través de actividades grupales. El proceso de aplicación está abierto hasta el 7 de junio. ¡Aplique ahora! http://bit.ly/CLUESYA

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April 25, 2019

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CLUES is committed to helping Latino families and youth in their college and career journeys by providing easy access to information to help them take their next educational, financial and career steps. In addition to our annual Latino Youth Conference, we held two Spring informational sessions this April, called Next Steps and Beyond, to provide mid-year guidance and information on the college application process, financial resources and more. A total of 34 participants attended, with 12 presenters giving an overview and tools on topics such as financial planning, how to afford college and how to land internships.

“I felt so happy sharing my experience as a Univision Minnesota intern through the CLUES internships program to parents and youth”, explained Diana, who participated as a panelist and talked about how she got into college and what parents could do to support their kids trying to get into college. “I witness so many parents and kids getting their questions answered by the panel that it made me happy to be in this type of event that gathers so many valuable resources for the Latino community!”

We want to thank the following partners for their incredible contributions: North Hennepin Community College,  NeDa, Old National Bank, CLUES Financial Empowerment Team, Hispanic Solutions Group, Ameriprise Financial Inc. and Augsburg University. Thank you for helping to cover all the important parts of making our students’ dreams a reality!


Los jóvenes y las familias se preparan para la universidad y más allá en las sesiones de Primavera para Jóvenes

CLUES estamos comprometidos a ayudar a las familias y jóvenes latinos durante el proceso de búsqueda de universidades, proporcionándoles fácil acceso a información y respuestas a preguntas que les ayudarán en sus próximos pasos educativos, financieros y profesionales. Además de nuestra Conferencia Anual de Jóvenes Latinos, tuvimos dos sesiones informativas de primavera este mes de abril, llamadas Next Steps and Beyond (Próximos Pasos y Más Allá), para proporcionar orientación e información a mediados de año sobre el proceso de solicitud de ingreso a la universidad, recursos financieros y otros detalles. Un total de 34 participantes asistieron, con 12 representantes de diferentes instituciones que ofrecieron una visión general y herramientas sobre temas como la planificación financiera, cómo pagar la universidad y cómo conseguir pasantías.

“Me sentí feliz compartiendo mi experiencia como pasante de Univision Minnesota a través del programa de pasantías de CLUES con padres y jóvenes”, explicó Diana, quien participó como panelista y tuvo la oportunidad de hablar sobre cómo llegó a la universidad y dar su visión sobre lo que los padres pueden hacer para ayudar a sus hijos a entrar a la universidad. “Fui testigo de como contestamos tantas dudas a los padres y jóvenes a través del panel que me hizo feliz de estar en este tipo de evento que reúne tantos recursos valiosos para la comunidad latina”.

Queremos agradecer a los siguientes socios por sus increíbles contribuciones: North Hennepin Community College, NeDa, Old National Bank, CLUES Financial Empowerment Team, Hispanic Solutions Group, Ameriprise Financial Inc. y Augsburg University. ¡ a difundir todos los aspectos importantes para hacer realidad los sueños de nuestros estudiantes!

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April 25, 2019

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As part of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2019, CLUES held an educational panel and a resource fair on Sunday, April 14, to educate and raise awareness in the Latino community about sexual assault and victims’ rights.

Many people took advantage of learning more about CLUES at our resource table and enjoyed delicious breads donated by Breadsmith. The panel, entitled “What is consent? Educating the Community,” was well-attended and sparked many questions from the audience about what to do in the case of a sexual assault, one’s legal rights after an assault and what it means to give consent. The afternoon ended with a fabulous meal prepared and donated by Ana Bertha and Raymundo Perez along with donations from La Poblanita, Taqueria Birreria and Taco Pineda.

CLUES would like to thank all those attending the event, and we will continue to work hard and advocate for all those who have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence. If you or someone you know has been a victim and would like to speak to someone who can help, call CLUES offices or our Crisis Line at 612-746-3537.


Con motivo de la Semana Nacional de los Derechos de las Víctimas de Crimen 2019, CLUES celebró el pasado domingo 14 de abril un panel educativo y una feria de recursos para educar y concienciar a la comunidad latina sobre la agresión sexual y los derechos de las víctimas.

Muchos fueron los que se unieron para aprender más sobre CLUES en nuestra mesa de recursos y disfrutar de los deliciosos panes – donados por Breasmith. El panel titulado ‘¿Qué es el consentimiento? Educando a la Comunidad’, estuvo muy concurrido y suscitó muchas preguntas de la audiencia sobre qué hacer en caso de una agresión sexual, los derechos legales después de una agresión y lo que significa dar su consentimiento. La tarde terminó con una fabulosa comida preparada y donada por Ana Bertha and Raymundo Perez junto con donaciones de La Poblanita, Taquería Birreria y Taco Pineda.

Desde CLUES quisieramos agradecer a todos los asistentes al evento, y continuaremos trabajando duro y abogando por todos aquellos que han experimentado asalto sexual o violencia doméstica. Si usted o alguien que conoce ha sido víctima y necesita ayuda, llame a las oficinas de CLUES o a nuestra Línea de Crisis al 612-746-3537.

April 24, 2019

CLUES plays a fundamental role in helping empower the Latino community for civic action and engagement. In difficult times, like the ones we are facing today, CLUES is committed to supporting and empowering the Latino community, providing backing for common-sense and evidence-based policy solutions, and reminding policymakers of the issues faced by our participants and communities.

CLUES is now expanding in its influence for transformational Latino community development work. We have done tremendous work around Health and Wellness, Economic Development, Educational Enrichment and Cultural Development. All of our work is done with a holistic approach, looking at the systems involved and at what changes are needed for the organization and for the community as a whole.

While we provide transactional services like individual coaching or helping someone build a family budget, our future is moving to include transformational changes for the community via engagement and advocacy with local governments, counties and the state.

We are working toward using our institutional influence to collaborate with others and make change happen. As part of that work, we are looking to our clients, patients and the community at large to see how we can provide a platform and interventions that are timely in moving our community into to socio-economic mobility.

Our goals to foster socio-economic mobility also include civic and community engagement. Our work is not only focused registering people to vote, but also providing the platforms for our participants, youth and parents to engage in conversation and actions that can impact solutions to the issues that affect them most. For example, the impact of housing and school challenges in the livelihood or wellbeing of their children. We have the capacity to provide the spaces where people can feel safe, where they shape their own agenda rather than it being imposed on them, and where communities of color are included and represented individually with all the unique strengths and knowledge they bring to the table.

We invite you to learn more about some of our most recent advocacy efforts:


Making sure everyone counts

CLUES President Ruby Lee was a guest on Conversations with Al McFarlane to discuss CLUES’ vision regarding our presence in the community and how we are invoking transformational change for all Latinos in Minnesota.

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CLUES participants and staff advocate in Washington DC

A group of participants from CLUES’ youth programs attended the UnidosUS Changemakers Summit in Washington, DC, and advocated with their legislators for issues that matter to our community.

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Minnesota House of Representatives

CLUES President Ruby Lee and staff presented on the impact of CLUES Workforce Development programs to the Minnesota House of Representatives. Watch this informational video to learn more about CLUES’ transformational workforce trainings and wraparound supports.

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Supporting the development of Latino entrepreneurship

CLUES as a member of NALCAB headed to Capitol Hill to speak with the Hispanic Caucus’ Representatives on the importance of small business entrepreneurship.


As we work to grow our community development work, CLUES will continue our efforts to advocate for the Latino community, reinforcing their capacity to influence public policies and create a better future for themselves and all Minnesotans.

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April 11, 2019

Today’s National Volunteer Week spotlight honors Jeff Savage, who has served as Treasurer of CLUES’ Board of Directors since November 2013.

He brings a wealth of experience to the Board and to how we operate, contributing his financial acumen and knowledge of strategic communications, management, economic development and more to every board meeting. When Jeff joined the CLUES Board, we were operating at a significant deficit, and Jeff was instrumental in guiding CLUES leadership to move the operations from deficits to consistent operating profits each year. Jeff also provided great leadership in CLUES securing $7.5 million in financing for our St. Paul Headquarters expansion project, which included securing a $2,184,000 New Market Tax Credit. Jeff’s strong work ethic drives him to serve on every committee and spend many hours a month, aside from his duties on the Board, providing guidance to CLUES staff.

Here’s what Jeff had to say about what CLUES means to him: “CLUES means family. From day one, I felt immediately welcomed and included by everyone at CLUES. The advancement of family is completely ingrained in the culture and a key priority of CLUES.

CLUES is honored to have such dedicated members on the Board like Jeff Savage. Thank you for all you do, Jeff and all our volunteers for their service!

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April 10, 2019

Some of the first words that come to mind when thinking about Giselle are reliable, genuine and fun! Giselle is committed and passionate to the community, which is evident in her volunteer work. She is willing to support in any area and with any program or event that CLUES has. She is always very active during her shifts and is helps make events less stressful – most definitely an asset to the staff and the organization as a whole! Giselle is fun, timely, and efficient and very deserving of this recognition. We love Giselle at CLUES and we are so happy that she chooses to spend her free time serving with us!

 

Here’s what Giselle had to say about what CLUES means to her: “CLUES is not only a place where the Latino population can come in for resources, it is a community with amazing employees and volunteers who are more than willing to help you in any way they can. CLUES is a family where everyone is welcomed and a place I am proud to be a part of.”

 

Thank you to Giselle and all our volunteers for your incredible service!

 

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April 9, 2019

Today’s volunteer in the spotlight is Samuel Parker! Samuel is an AmeriCorps Volunteer and CLUES Opportunity Navigator through the Minnesota Opportunity Corps, and he also goes above and beyond by volunteering his time to support many CLUES events throughout the year. He is always willing to help out wherever he can and does so with enthusiasm and a huge smile.

 

Here’s what Samuel had to say about what CLUES means to him: “CLUES is a model of unity and human dignity, a place where people work with, not against, one another. It is a rich community built on the hard work of clients and staff alike. People come to CLUES for a lot of reasons, but perhaps the most valuable thing I take home at the end of each day is a renewed feeling of hope.”

 

We are lucky to have him as part of the CLUES family! Thank you to Samuel and all our volunteers for your incredible service!
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April 8, 2019

This week, April 7-13, is National Volunteer Week! Each day we’ll be sharing about the wonderful volunteers who make our work possible.

Today’s volunteer in the spotlight is Esther Cortez! Esther is committed to supporting the Youth in Action (YA!) Program and CLUES in so many ways! She not only is an amazing mentor but also has been key in connecting Land O’Lakes’ Amigos group with CLUES. In addition to that, she organizes groups of volunteers for CLUES events, helps lead corporate visits for the YA! students connect us with funding and is an amazing role model for our students.

Here’s what Esther had to say about what CLUES means to her: “CLUES represents my family, the people in my life that have worked so hard so that I could have a successful future. They focus not just on developing the Latino community, but also on being the support that some may not have. Latino power will drive the American economy in the years to come, and I want to help in developing our Latino leaders and growing our community together!”

Thank you for all you do, Esther! Stay tuned throughout the week for more volunteer spotlights.

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April 3, 2019

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Every participant in CLUES’ programs has a story – a special insight to share with the community. Every immigrant, many having traveled long distances to reach the U.S., has lived a unique life – often overcoming tremendous obstacles and hardships on their path to a better tomorrow. Today we want to introduce you to Antonio, who refused to take the easy way out and give up.

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Antonio’s Story

 

When he first came to CLUES, Antonio made it very clear that he was on a mission to turn his life around. For many years, decisions that he made when he was younger held him back from obtaining a job he was truly passionate about. More recently, health problems that lead to surgery made it difficult for him to stay motivated. Living with and being supported by his oldest son was not how he imagined his life would turn out.

However, by the time Antonio came to CLUES to register for the Bridge to Customer Service training, he had determination and a plan to become the father and husband he always hoped to be. Driven by support from his family and faith, Antonio thrived in class. He was the first to show up to class every day, was consistently engaged in class discussions and activities, and always asked questions. Furthermore, Antonio’s jolly demeanor that never faded and his raw honesty made him stand out to those he interacted with.

“After surviving Hurricane Maria and moving to Minnesota with nothing to start with, I found that CLUES could help me and it was a breath of relief,” Antonio explained. “Participating in the CLUES training was a door opening for me. I was able to prepare myself better, with knowledge and other tools for finding a better job opportunity and help to achieve my goals.”

Just days after graduating from CLUES’ training, Antonio was hired as a driver for Metro Transit, which is one of the many dreams that he shared upon beginning at CLUES. Antonio is continuing to make progress on other financial and personal aspirations as well, all while inspiring others that there is no limit to the goals you set for yourself.

CLUES would like to congratulate Antonio and wish him much success in his new journey! Would you like to participate in the next cohort of the “Bridge to Customer Service” training? Click here for more information about the courses and registration.


Cada participante de los programas CLUES tiene una historia distinta, una visión especial que contar a la comunidad. Cada inmigrante, habiendo viajado una larga distancia, desde lugares extranjeros hasta la mayoría de los ciudadanos estadounidenses, ha vivido una vida única -a menudo superando tremendos obstáculos y dificultades- en su camino hacia un mañana mejor. Hoy queremos presentarle a Antonio, que se negó a tomar la salida fácil y nunca se dio por vencido.

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La historia de Antonio

Cuando Antonio llegó a CLUES, dejó muy claro que tenía como objetivo cambiar su vida. Durante muchos años, las decisiones que tomó cuando era más joven le impidieron conseguir un trabajo que le apasionara de verdad. Más recientemente, los problemas de salud que le llevaron a pasar por una cirugía le hicieron difícil mantenerse motivado. Vivir y ser apoyado por su hijo mayor no era lo que él imaginaba que sería su vida.

Sin embargo, cuando Antonio llegó a CLUES para inscribirse en el taller de “Bridge to Customer Service”, tenía la determinación y un plan de trabajo para convertirse en el padre y el esposo que siempre quiso ser. Impulsado por el apoyo de su familia y su fe, Antonio prosperó en clase. Fue el primero en llegar a clase todos los días, participó constantemente en las discusiones y actividades y siempre hacía preguntas. Además, su comportamiento alegre, que nunca se desvaneció, y su gran honestidad lo hicieron destacar entre aquellos con los que interactuó.

“Después de sobrevivir al huracán María y mudarme a Minnesota sin nada con lo que empezar, descubrí que desde CLUES podían ayudarme y fue un soplo de alivio”, explicó Antonio. “Participar en el taller de CLUES fue para mí una puerta abierta. Pude prepararme mejor, con el conocimiento y otras herramientas para encontrar una mejor oportunidad de trabajo y ayudarme a conseguir todas mis metas”.

Apenas unos días después de graduarse de CLUES, Antonio fue contratado como chofer para Metro Transit, que es uno de los muchos sueños que compartió al comenzar su entrenamiento. Actualmente, Antonio sigue progresando también en otras aspiraciones financieras y personales, al tiempo que inspira a otros a que no haya límites para las metas que usted se propone.

¡Desde CLUES deseamos felicitar a Antonio y desearle mucho éxito en sus nuevos retos! ¿Desea participar en la próxima promoción de la formación “Bridge to Customer Service”? Haga click aquí para obtener más información sobre los cursos y el proceso de registro.

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April 2, 2019

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A group of eight participants from CLUES’ youth programs and three CLUES staff had the opportunity to attend the UnidosUS Changemakers Summit March 25-27 in Washington, DC, and advocate with their legislators for issues that matter to our community.

The event brought together aspiring activists and community leaders from around the country who are committed to advocating for Latinos. After two days of learning and practicing advocacy skills, participants headed to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress.

The CLUES group had the chance to meet with Representatives Ilhan Omar and Betty McCollum and share their experiences and hopes as Latinas and Americans. They discussed how policy issues such as immigration, education, and healthcare affect their day-to-day lives and their dreams for the future.

“It was amazing to see so many people willing to speak about what they were passionate about and see so many hard working Latinos make it,” said Ashley, a Youth@Work alumni. Tania, a YA! Program and Entre Mujeres alumni, added, “The Changemakers summit was very inspirational for me because I met many Latino activists who are fighting for the same things. It brought me to hope that if we continue to be united and if we young people are part of it, then there will be a change.”

The summit featured remarks from UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía, El Mirage, Arizona Mayor Alexis Hermosillo, as well as a panel discussion regarding the official release of UnidosUS’s policy guide for members of Congress.

Murguía laid out how advocacy efforts on critical issues can ensure meaningful change. “In 2018, Latinos joined millions of Americans in rejecting the politics of hate and division, and their votes contributed to the most diverse Congress in our nation’s history,” she remarked. “These gains and many others have been the result of hard work and sustained, consistent national and local advocacy across many years. With sustained engagement and momentum to advance the Latino voice, the work now before us is to ensure that this Congress is accountable to all Americans.”

CLUES is committed to continuing our work with UnidosUS and other partners to ensure the Latino voice is heard and included in national and local policy work.


Un grupo de 8 participantes de los programas para Jóvenes de CLUES y tres miembros de nuestro equipo, tuvieron la oportunidad de asistir a la Cumbre de Agentes de Cambio de UnidosUS del 25 al 27 de marzo en Washington DC, y abogoar con los legisladores por los asuntos que le importan a nuestra comunidad.

La Cumbre reunió a aspirantes a activistas y líderes comunitarios de todo el país que están comprometidos a abogar por los latinos. Después de dos días de aprendizaje y practicar habilidades de abogacía, los participantes asistieron al Capitolio para reunirse con miembros del Congreso.

El grupo de CLUES tuvo la oportunidad de reunirse con las representantes Ilhan Omar y Betty McCollum y compartir sus experiencias y esperanzas como latinas y estadounidenses. Discutieron cómo las cuestiones políticas como la inmigración, la educación y la salud afectan sus vidas cotidianas y sus sueños para el futuro.

“Fue increíble ver a tanta gente dispuesta a hablar sobre lo que les apasionaba y ver a tantos latinos que trabajan duro”, dijo Ashley, una de nuestras ex-alumnas de Youth@Work. Y Tania, participante de nuestros programas Ya! y Entre Mujeres agregó, “la cumbre fue muy inspiradora para mí porque conocí a muchos activistas latinos que están luchando por las mismas cosas. Me hizo tener la esperanza de que si continuamos unidos y si los jóvenes somos parte de ello, entonces habrá un cambio”.

La Cumbre contó con la participación de Janet Murguía, Presidenta y Directora Ejecutiva de UnidosUS, El Mirage, y Alexis Hermosillo, Alcalde de Arizona, así como un panel de discusión sobre la publicación oficial de la guía de políticas de UnidosUS para los miembros del Congreso.

Murguía explicó cómo los esfuerzos de incidencia en temas críticos pueden asegurar un cambio significativo: “En 2018, los latinos se unieron a millones de estadounidenses para rechazar la política de odio y división, y sus votos contribuyeron a crear el Congreso más diverso en la historia de nuestra nación”, comentó. “Estos logros y muchos otros han sido el resultado de un arduo trabajo y de una defensa sostenida y consistente a nivel nacional y local a lo largo de muchos años. Con un compromiso sostenido y el impulso para hacer avanzar la voz latina, el trabajo que tenemos ante nosotros es asegurar que este Congreso sea responsable ante todos los estadounidenses”.

Desde CLUES continuaremos trabajando con UnidosUS y otros socios para asegurarnos de que la voz latina en estos temas se incluya en el trabajo de políticas nacionales y locales.

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