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Join our team as a 2016-2017 VISTA

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Fund Development and Volunteer Recruitment Specialist VISTA

As the Fund Development and Volunteer Recruitment VISTA you will develop creative strategies to make our award winning nonprofit more effective in the work we do. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, our VISTA will work to establish and execute fund development strategies and lead our volunteer recruitment efforts.

Our VISTA will be a part of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) AmeriCorps VISTA program. In addition to the usual VISTA benefits (Relocation allowance, education award upon Successful completion of service, stipend, childcare assistance if eligible, choice of education award or end of service stipend, health coverage, and a living allowance), our Vista will have the opportunity to receive professional development training, have access to a number of MCN conferences, and much more through  the MCN VISTA program.

Learn more about the service opportunity here: Fund Development and Volunteer Recruitment Specialist VISTA

 

To Apply Click here or visit the MCN VISTA Program Website

 Applications due by May 13, 2016

 Contact: Jesse Chang jchang@minnesotanonprofits.org   651-757-3083

 

 

 

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Little Africa Community Workshop #2: Facade Improvement

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Little Africa Community Workshop

Little Africa celebrates a collection of African communities, businesses, food and goods on and around Snelling Avenue north of the Green Line. Join African Economic Development Solutions on April 5th for an engaging discussion on ways to welcome people to Little Africa through art and branding, safety and walk-ability and public life.

We’ll have coffee, a light dinner and tour the area. Bring shoes and clothes for walking in the weather.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

WHERE:
Former American Bank Building – 1578 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Space limited, RSVP here

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Little Africa Arts Series

African Women Entrepreneurs & Artist Networking 

Storytelling and poetry from African female perspectives on the topics of entrepreneurship, success, and leadership within our communities. The event will include a number of local artists & a panel of business owners/leaders. Facilitated by AEDS Arts Organizer Lula Saleh. 

Date: March 8th, 2016

Time: 6-8pm

Location: Flamingo Restaurant 490 N Syndicate St, St Paul, MN 55104

 

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2015 AEDS Home Stretch Workshop Schedule

AEDS Homeownership Education Topics We Will Cover

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Want to prepare to be a successful homeowner in 2015?

Then sign up for the many upcoming AEDS Home Stretch Workshops that will be held on two Saturdays of every month starting Saturday January 10, 2015 from 9am – 5:30pm at AEDS Conference Room 1821 University Avenue West St Paul, MN 55104 (click here for driving directions).

Prepared buyers are successful homeowners…. You can do it!

All AEDS Home Stretch Workshops will be held from 9am – 5:30 at AEDS Conference Room 1821 University Avenue West St Paul, MN 55104 (click here for driving directions). For more information or questions, please call 651-646-9411. Prepared buyers are successful homeowners…. You can do it! Click here to SIGN UP FOR UPCOMING AEDS HOME STRETCH WORKSHOPS.

Additional information:

  1. There is a $40 FEE per household (cash/check only) due on the DAY OF the workshop. There is NO PAYMENT DUE NOW to complete registration.
  2. Each paying workshop attendee will receive a copy of the 2nd Edition Home Stretch Workshop Manual, published by the Minnesota Home Ownership Center.
  3. In addition to English, we are able to accommodate the following languages: Afaan Oromo & Amharic.
  4. For further information or if you encounter any technical difficulties during the registration process, fell free to give AEDS a call at (651) 646-9411.
  5. ALL WORKSHOPS will be held at AEDS Conference Office 1821 University Avenue West St. Paul, MN 55104.

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Little Africa Book Club: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Join us for a discussion of Americanah  by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Wednesday September 24, 2014 from 6:30 to 8 pm at Snelling Cafe.

Hosted by Dr. Debra Beilke of Concordia University St. Paul, Minnesota and Mr. Hassan Hussein, Poet and Executive Director, Oromo Community of Minnesota, Wednesday September 24, 2014 from 6:30 to 8 pm at Snelling Cafe. Please RSVP by emailing Gene Gelgelu, Executive Director of African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) at ggelgelu@aeds-mn.org. Copies of Americanah will be available at the Little Africa Free Library at Snelling Cafe.

Little Africa promotes African businesses and cultural assets. Snelling Cafe brings you authentic African food and entertainment and is located at 638 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104.

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Little Africa Art & Cultural Fest on Saturday August 23, 2014

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Enjoy African art, music, dance, food and cultural connections at the Little Africa Art and Cultural Festival on Saturday August 23, 2014, from 4-8pm at Hamline Park in St. Paul, located at 1564 West Lafond Avenue St. Paul, Minnesota 55104.

Little Africa Fest will offer an African experience right in the middle of St. Paul along the Green Line.

Little Africa Art and Cultural Festival features African drums by Jesse Buckner, African dance and music by Tujare (Indy Jay) Mohamed, African digital paintings by Big Z, and African art by John Reynolds among others. The festival is part of the C4ward Arts and Culture along the Green Line project supported by a partnership between TC LISC and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.

Visit African restaurants, cafes, grocery stores and other businesses in the Little Africa Business & Cultural District of Minnesota. Be sure to experience the authentic spices of African food like Injera and curried lamb stew or lentils cooked in Berbere sauce at Snelling Cafe, Fasika Restaurant or Flamingo Restaurant. Attend the festival to get free tickets to FREE African wine, coffee and food at nearby businesses in the Little Africa district.

Also at the festival will be the launch of the African Market Potential study–an effort to estimate the impact of the $1.4 billion African immigrant market. This is a study funded by the McKnight Foundation in collaboration with Concordia University.

Little Africa is a branding and marketing campaign focusing on African immigrant economic assets in three nodal points around primary transit corridors–the Blue Line, Green Line, and Bottineau Corridor. The nodal points are: the core area around the Snelling and University Avenue area in St. Paul; in Minneapolis the area along Cedar/Riverside/Franklin Avenue; and in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center the area around Brooklyn Boulevard.

Little Africa is an initiative of the African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) in partnership with the Little Africa Development Group. The mission of Little Africa is to leverage the rich and diverse businesses, art, and cultural assets of Minnesota’s growing African immigrant populations to build sustainable wealth within the African immigrant communities.

For more information concerning the Little Africa Festival, please visit the Facebook event page or contact Gene Gelgelu, Executive Director of African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) at 651-646-9411.

The Little Africa Art and Cultural Fest on Saturday August 23, 2014 from 4-8 pm at Hamline Park in St. Paul. located at 1564 West Lafond Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55104.

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Little Africa’s Celebrating Art & Culture along the Green Line

Little Africa Business & Cultural District of Minnesota and African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) proudly present “Little Africa’s Celebrating Art & Culture along the Green Line” festivity on Saturday August 23, 2014 from 4PM – 8PM at Mosaic on a Stick located at 1564 West Lafond Avenue St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

The following individuals will be showcasing their African inspired art & culture:

★ Jesse Buckner: African & contemporary drumming.
★ Big Z: Digital painting showcasing Oromo culture.
★ Tujare (Indy) Mohamed: Traditional & modern Ethiopian dance.
★ Sara Endalew: African inspired art works.
★ Janette Yiran: African art collection & African percussion instruments.

For event event details and RSVP, visit our Facebook event page. For questions and more information contact Gene Gelgelu at (651) 815-9367.

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Come join the World Cup Mania right by the Green Line

Please see the attached flyer for a joint program of Little Africa and Snelling Cafe to host viewing of World Cup soccer games at Snelling Cafe in St. Paul located at 638 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul MN. There will be specials for African food and drinks. Come watch the US team play against the tough competition at the tournament or watch games of teams from Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast. See flyer for dates and times.

Come join the World Cup Mania right by the Green Line!

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Financial Fitness Boot Camp New Year Resolution on THURSDAY DECEMBER 5th 1pm to 6:30pm

AEDS and University of Minnesota Extension challenge you to be financially fit. Attend the Financial Fitness Boot Camp New Year Resolution on THURSDAY DECEMBER  5th from 1pm to 6:30pm at: 1821 University ave Suite S-127 St. Paul, MN 55104.

AEDS Financial Fitness Challenge will help you gain the power to:

  • Build & Manage Spending and Saving Plans
  • Identify Personal Value
  • Understand the Myths and Facts about Credit
  • And a variety of workout sessions

The FIRST 13 PEOPLE TO REGISTER & ATTEND the entire session will receive a $35 GIFT CARD & a FULL PAID SCHOLARSHIP to attend the GET FINANCIALLY FIT BOOT CAMP. LUNCH & REFRESHMENTS will be provided. SPACE IS LIMITED.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE or call 651-646-9411.

Financial Fitness Boot Camp New Year Resolution

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