Category: CLUES Blog

April 12, 2018

CLUES President Ruby Lee presented today at the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) 2018 National Conference about the critical role anchor institutions play in improving people’s lives, social capital, health outcomes and economic mobility.

Thank you to NALCAB for the opportunity and to all who attended!

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April 2, 2018

CLUES offices will open at 10 am tomorrow, April 3, due to the snow. Aging Well Services are cancelled for the day. Normal schedules will resume on Wednesday, April 4. Any time there is inclement weather, you can call our Sever Weather Line to see if CLUES will be open at 612-746-3560.

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March 22, 2018

On Saturday, March 17, Senator Melisa Franzen joined CLUES as the guest speaker at the YA! Minneapolis Institute. Senator Franzen spoke with the students and mentors about how to be involved and engaged in your community and gave advice about how to be a part of making change. She also answered questions from the group.

Many thanks to Senator Franzen for joining us! Click here to learn more about CLUES’ YA! Program or apply to be a mentor.

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February 20, 2018

On Saturday, Feb. 10, CLUES staff participated in the 2018 Community Connections Conference held by the City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhood and Community Relations initiative. Nearly 700 attendees participated in the event and learned about resources and organizations providing critical services to the community.

Thank you to the city of Minneapolis for inviting us to share about CLUES’ work at this event! If you’re interested in learning more about CLUES, browse our website at, give us a call at 612-746-3500 or stop by one of our offices.

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February 13, 2018

On Saturday, February 10, CLUES welcomed more than 50 individuals and families who have recently arrived in Minnesota from Puerto Rico at our Welcome Boricua open house.

More than 30 volunteers and staff helped to provide our new Puerto Rican neighbors with warm winter clothing, resources on managing stress, an introduction to Minnesota culture and customs and critical assistance to access healthy food, employment, healthcare, transportation and affordable housing.

The event was part of CLUES’ efforts to support the hundreds of Puerto Rican individuals and families who have come to Minnesota in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. It’s anticipated that thousands more Puerto Ricans will arrive in the US and Minnesota over the coming year as the island works to recover from these devastating storms.

Following the event, CLUES is now offering ongoing walk-in hours to assist with FEMA, MNSure, SNAP, housing, transportation, employment and other applications and vital services for the Puerto Rican community. We anticipate offering additional open houses and live events to ensure the urgent needs of our new neighbors are met.

Learn more about our project by checking out this news segment from Fox 9!

If you’d like to support CLUES’ services for our new Puerto Rican neighbors, click here to make a donation today.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success and continues to work to support the Boricua community in Minnesota.

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January 26, 2018

Last week, representatives from CLUES, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Association for Science & Technology Centers and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology gathered to present and discuss the Celebrating Urban Birds project and our ongoing collaboration over the past several years.

Since 2015, CLUES has been a part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Celebrating Urban Birds initiative, a citizen science project focused on better understanding the value of green spaces for birds. This project connects people of all ages and backgrounds to birds and the natural world through the arts and fun neighborhood activities. It aims to to increase diversity in participation and access to the sciences.

Throughout the project, CLUES Youth in Action (YA!) students and mentors have participated in a number of activities, including collaborating on two murals that illustrate their immigration stories. They also participated in focus groups to support the university’s research and did community service projects like preparing gardens on Earth Day, making bird feeders and teaching kids about birds and habitats.

In the coming year, CLUES will take another group of students to Cornell University as part of the program and will continue to participate in bird-related art and science projects.

Thank you to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and all community partners that have supported our projects!

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January 25, 2018

In honor of National Mentoring Month, the CLUES Youth in Action – YA! Program would like to thank our volunteer mentors for their investment in our students! With their support, our Latino youth are moving forward and becoming first-generation college students. Thank you for your care, advice and positive examples! Check out the many reasons our students love their mentors:

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December 21, 2017

Youth from CLUES YA! Youth in Action program have been busy giving back through a variety of service projects this holiday season. Their projects have included:

  • Making sock snowmen for the homeless
  • Writing holiday cards for people in detention centers in Arizona
  • Sorting toys at the Toys for Tots warehouse
  • Gathering clothes for those resettling in Minnesota from Puerto Rico
  • Volunteering at CLUES Al Niño con Cariño event

Thank you YA! students for making us proud with your incredible service!

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December 15, 2017

Today was Al Niño con Cariño at CLUES! More than 900 kids and their families enjoyed crafts, treats and holiday cheer as parents were able to select gifts for the holidays. Thank you to our volunteers from Wells Fargo, Ecolab, Target and others for helping make this day a success!

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December 12, 2017

CLUES was honored today to receive a $100,000 grant from the the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund!

CLUES staff, MNSBHC and Latino community members gathered today for a special celebration where guests participated in games, enjoyed Latino food and beverages and were treated to a special performance by a children’s mariachi group from Academy Cesar Chavez Charter School. CLUES was honored to have in attendance St. Paul Mayor-Elect Melvin Carter III, Representative Jon Koznick, Representative Tim Mahoney, Hon. Consul of Mexico Gerardo Guerrero and other community leaders.

The grant will be applied toward building a teaching kitchen in CLUES’ expanded Headquarters on the East Side of St. Paul to engage the community in healthy eating and better nutrition. The new cooking facilities, part of our building expansion that will begin in 2018, will help Latino youth and adults learn about healthy food habits, meal preparation, business entrepreneurship and more.

“The expansion of our headquarters in Saint Paul is a long-term effort to engage more Latino families and immigrants with critical access to information and education,” said Ruby Lee, President of CLUES. “This grant from the MNSBHC will help us provide training and education for youth and others to lead healthier lives and pursue new job opportunities such as careers in food-related industries.”

The grant is part of the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program. Through its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the MNSBHC has launched a yearlong effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota.

“CLUES is an important resource for Latino families, young people and immigrants in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships, MNSBHC. “We are so pleased to help this organization expand its headquarters. We know the investment of a food prep and educational kitchen will help young people in Saint Paul learn healthy cooking and food preparation techniques and share these lessons with their families and neighbors.”

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is a private, nonprofit corporation formed to plan and execute Super Bowl LII. CLUES is Minnesota’s largest Latino-led nonprofit and is focused on enhancing the capacity of individuals and families to be healthy, prosperous and engaged in their communities.

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