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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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November 17, 2017

CLUES was honored to receive a Certificate of Appreciation for the contributions our Refugee Employment Services program has made to the refugee populations in Minnesota. The award was presented by Jim Koppel, Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services at the annual Resettlement Programs kick-off event.

CLUES’ Refugee Employment Services program helps qualifying individuals perfect their resumes, practice valuable interviewing skills, network with employers, find any apply for jobs and much more. Participants benefit from ongoing career counseling, financial assistance for approved trainings, clothing and transportation assistance and access to CLUES’ wide range of other wrap-around supports.

Congratulations to Ann Meyers, CLUES Associate Director of Employment & Career Development, and Ubah Jama, Employment Coach. And thank you to the Department of Human Services for the recognition!

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September 18, 2017

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in the life of a Latino youth? CLUES is currently recruiting mentors for our YA! Youth in Action Program. YA! guides Latino high school students to achieve their hopes and dreams through individual coaching, service projects, networking opportunities and other support.

We currently need mentors for this school year in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Visit the YA! Program page to learn more and to apply to be a mentor! For any questions, contact yaprogram@clues.org.

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September 15, 2017

Kevin Warren, Chief Operating Officer of the Minnesota Vikings, is the keynote speaker at CLUES Gala Latina on Oct. 5. His personal story and commitment to service are sure to inspire us all!

Having both Latino and African American heritage, Kevin credits his family roots for the values, work ethic and drive that led him to the long-term success he has achieved in life. His call to action to engage in civic leadership and support education and youth-developed initiatives is based on his own personal experiences and challenges growing up.

Don’t miss your chance to hear Kevin’s inspiring story and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with more than 500 business and community leaders! Click here to purchase your ticket or sponsor a table.

 

More about Kevin Warren

Kevin Warren was named Chief Operating Officer of the Minnesota Vikings in 2015. He plays a critical role in all business, legal and operational facets related to U.S. Bank Stadium and other key projects.

Warren has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University, and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law. Prior to joining the Vikings, Warren worked with the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, the Detroit Lions and the St. Louis Rams.

Philanthropy is an integral part of Warren’s life, and he and his wife Greta, are active members of the Minneapolis-St. Paul community. Warren places a priority on civic leadership and engagement, serving on several charitable boards.

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September 8, 2017

Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the 2nd Annual CLUES Gala Latina on Thursday, October 5, at the Hilton Minneapolis!

This very special event will celebrate and commemorate the impact of Latino leadership and culture in the Twin Cities community. The Gala will begin with a reception and silent auction at 5 pm, followed by a delicious Latino-inspired dinner and an exciting program. Highlights will include recognition of local Latino leadership, a live auction, entertainment from Salsa del Soul, and special guest Kevin Warren, COO of the Minnesota Vikings, who will share his inspiring story of how he is empowered by his Latino roots. More information is available at clues.org/GalaLatina.

We invite you to join us by purchasing tickets or sponsoring a table and inviting your friends and colleagues to celebrate together at this spectacular event! You can purchase a table or tickets by following this link. Please feel free to call or contact us at events@clues.orgor 651-379-4202 if you have any questions.

For 36 years, CLUES (Latin Communities United in Service) has served Minnesota’s Latino community by:

  • Advocating for equitable opportunities that will reduce disparities
  • Advancing equity through programs and access to resources
  • Increasing opportunities for Latino families to be healthier, prosperous and engaged

Join us at CLUES Gala Latina this year and support our mission of advancing the capacity of Latino families to be healthy, prosperous and engaged in their communities.

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September 7, 2017

Today CLUES staff launched our Latino Workforce Initiative partnership in Willmar with Ridgewater College, Bethesda Willmar and Rice Memorial Hospital. Representative Dave Baker and leaders from each organization shared their excitement for the initiative, which will provide Certified Nursing Assistant training for Latinos alongside employment support and other wraparound services.

CLUES’ local Workforce Navigator in Willmar, Amelia Amor, is now available to support those interested in the program! Amelia can be reached at 320-222-5649 or Amelia.Amor@ridgewater.edu, and her office is located in Ridgewater College’s Customized Training building at 2101 15th Ave. NW in Willmar. Click here to learn more about the CNA training in Willmar.

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