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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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December 8, 2017

As a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) approved site, CLUES provides free tax preparation services for low income individuals and families. We processed more than 1,300 tax returns last year, retuning more than $2.5 million in refunds to the community!

We rely on the support of dedicated volunteers to make this service possible. We are currently seeking bilingual Volunteer VITA Tax Preparers as well as greeters, screeners and interpreters for the upcoming 2017 tax season. Volunteers should commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week between Jan. 26 – April 17, 2018.

To learn more and apply, follow this link: www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/od?from=194315

For any questions, please contact:

David Soto: dsoto@clues.org or 612-746-3550;

Emily Gehlsen: egehlsen@clues.org or 651-379-4263.

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December 1, 2017

On Nov. 28, Minneapolis CPED – Employment and Training, the Minneapolis Workforce Development Board and the Minneapolis Youth Council awarded CLUES as its Adult Service Partner of the Year for our strong performance in the Minneapolis Works program.

CLUES offers free job counseling, job placement, workshops and assistance developing job skills for our clients. While services focus on Latinos, our staff’s capabilities enable us to serve individuals and families from all walks of life including new immigrants and low-income families who dream of a better future.

Thank you to the City of Minneapolis for this incredible honor! Congratulations to Ann Meyers, CLUES Associate Director of Employment & Career Development, and Maribel Navarrete Reyes, Employment Coach.

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December 1, 2017

At CLUES Fiesta Latina 2017, artist Ana Laura Juarez hosted an arts table where guests were invited to draw or write about the two questions: What is my home? and What are my roots? Several seniors from CLUES Aging Well day program participated in the project, and two of their pieces have been chosen for an art exhibit titled HOME that is currently showing at the Open Eye Figure Theatre!

In HOME, artists explore the struggle of feeling uprooted, track a journey through objects, honor immigrant sacrifices through a personal and historic lens, and define cultural identity on their own terms. Learn more.

HOME will be on display through December 23. The exhibit is open one hour before 7 pm theater performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

If you want to see the exhibit at a different time, you can schedule a visit emailing  info@openeyetheatre.org.

We hope you’ll take the opportunity to see the exhibit!

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November 29, 2017

On Nov. 29, CLUES was pleased to host an Open House event and presentation for elected officials at our St. Paul Headquarters. The open house was an opportunity for legislators and other key policy makers to see our facility and learn more about our organization and the impact our critical services are having for Latinos and immigrants in Minnesota.

The program included presentations from CLUES staff around our work in mental and chemical heath, adult education, youth enrichment and education, workforce development, financial empowerment and more. President Ruby Lee spoke about the present and future needs of Latinos in the state and shared information about CLUES Headquarters Expansion capital campaign.

There are an estimated 300,000 Latinos in Minnesota today, of which 45 percent are under the age of 21. By 2035, Minnesota’s Latino population will top a half million, more than 8.5% of the total State population. At CLUES we are committed to empowering equity and inclusion by improving education, health, engagement and socio-economic conditions for the children, youth, adults and elders we serve.

Thank you to Representative Fue Lee, Senator Sandy Pappas, Senator Chris Eaton, Senator Patricia Torres Ray, Representative Jason Rarick, Representative Tina Liebling, Representative Jon Koznick, Representative Tim Mahoney, Representative Sandra Masin all who were in attendance! We look forward to continuing to partner with our elected officials to move our critical work forward.

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