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We are hiring: Senior Program Administrator!


We are looking for a dynamic and motivated person to join our team as the Senior Program Administrator! The Senior Program Administrator will work closely with multiple internal and external stakeholders to coordinate activities, ensure cohesion of strategies and the smooth implementation of the OPPORTUNITY REBOOT work plan.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Program Management – Responsible for the daily operations of the OPPORTUNITY REBOOT, including developing and managing the work plan, adhering to deadlines and deliverables of contracted partners and specialized technical assistance providers.
  • Program Support – Provide administrative support to the Director of Partnerships and External Relations in executing all aspects of the project.
  • Grant Administration – Serve as a first point of contact for Opportunity REBOOT sub-grantees in addressing evaluation, training, and progress reporting, training, technical assistance and compliance issues.

For more information about the position and to apply, go here.


Top 5 Reasons for Being a Mandela Wannabe

by Wokie Weah



An official UN designated day, July 18th marked the celebration of President Nelson Mandela International Day in communities across the world. I had the privilege of attending the Minneapolis Celebration, held at the Sabathani Community Center. Organized by the Minnesota South African Counsel International Leadership Institute and many others, the event was a powerful metaphor of Mandela’s life: people of all races, religions, and ages linked together by a shared humanity. As I watched the crowd dance and swirl to the music of African drums expertly played by Voices of Culture, I was reminded once again why Nelson Mandela tops the list of world leaders I most want to emulate. Read here for my top five reasons for wanting to be like Nel.

Our 2014 Annual Report is out!


A Message from Founding Board Member, Ali Rice, on Youthprise’s 5th Anniversary

by Ali Rice

I have volunteered my time and energy to Youthprise since its inception. I was in high school when I walked into my first Youthprise board meeting, a board tasked with creating a new organization focused on changing the landscape for Minnesota Alexandria 2015youth. Previous to joining the board, I served with other youth on the Saint Paul Youth Commission, working to help youth access transportation so they could attend afterschool activities and programs.

Serving on a board with mostly adults was a very new situation for me. I was encouraged to ask questions so that I could make more informed choices. I began to speak up and my voice was heard. My words were affecting others, as I offered insight to important organizational documents and structures. I started to realize that I could have a real role in this process, and very quickly I came to embrace it! Read more about my story here.

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