Supporting African American Nonprofits

during Black History Month




C2i exists to support a critically underserved population of older youth in foster care. We provide unique programming and advocacy for youth ages 14 - 24 to ensure a healthy transition to independent living. Creating lasting, supportive relationships with our youth while ensuring a healthy mind, body, and spirit is the core of our work! Our values are based on a holistic philosophy, offering direct support with financial literacy, housing, employment, education, and personal wellness.

The Power of People Leadership Institute, co- founded by, Dr. Verna Cornelia and Brother Shane Price, inspires, informs and mentors youth and adults to overcome life’s obstacles through personal development, personal power and leadership. The institute consists of three programs, Girls Taking Action, mentoring program for girls grades 6-12, Boys of Hope Program™, mentoring program for boys grades 6-12 and Re-Planting Program™, works to reduce recidivism, particularly for African Americans. 

Twin Cities R!SE transforms lives through personal empowerment, career training, and meaningful employment. We offer a unique, holistic approach to help people overcome barriers, instill self-confidence, and gain the 21st century skills needed to achieve employment and financial independence. For employers, we provide skilled, dependable, and capable workers who are willing to work hard and are eager to succeed.



Charity Fair

Date: ___

Time: ___

Virtual Event

Join us for a virtual opportunity to meet the four charities we are supporting this month.    

You can learn about their important work, their programs & services as well as any volunteer needs they have.


This is a 60-minute Zoom session ending with a Q&A session to ask any questions that you may have.

Click here to register.



30-60 Minute Informational Interview with an African American Youth

This is a great opportunity for African American youth to learn about what your job entails, your career path and any requirements needed for your job/profession.  If you are interested in volunteering an hour of your time to help a young person in our community, please complete this form and provide your availability.



Fundraising Activities

Casual for a Cause

Every day this Month

$3 per day

See Lonnie at our reception desk to buy a ticket.  Each $3 ticket is good for one day to wear one or all of the following:

  • sports jersey

  • sports hat

  • jeans or shorts

Silent Auction

Week of _____

M-F: 8am - 5pm



Each department will create a basket or two (see manager for budget) to auction off. 


A pizza lunch will be awarded to the department with the best basket.

Chili Cook-off

Date: ____

11:30am - 1:00pm



This will be brutally competitive as our amateur chefs cook up some chili for us!  Come hungry and ready for some good food!

$10 per bottomless tasting bowl


Informational Webinars

African American Youth in the Foster System - Panel Discussion

Feb. 3rd


Central Time


Every person's foster care experience is different. This session offers a unique and eye-opening opportunity to hear lived experience from young adults who have been in foster care as a teen. Meet a few youth from Connections to Independence and learn a bit about the barriers, challenges, and opportunities they've faced as they've grown up and transitioned to adulthood. This will be a facilitated panel, with a short question and answer section at the end.

Youth Presentation: Leadership, Exploring Different Leadership Strengths & Types

Feb. 10th


Central Time


Youth leaders will facilitate. They will give an overview of Cookie Cart's Leadership curriculum, walk through the different types of Leaders and different strengths leaders have. They will walk participants through a leadership activity that helps participants learn their leadership style and their conflict style. Then they will close with a reflection.

-Introductions and Check-in question
-Overview of Cookie Cart's Leadership
-Explore the Different Types of Leaders
-Explore the Different Types of Leadership Strengths 
-Leadership Activity: What type of leader are you? Relationship Builder, Spontaneous Motivator, Architect and Analyst, Driver
-Share and Reflect

Topic: Coming

Feb 17th


Central Time


Our Empowerment Institute helps companies and organizations create an empowered culture. In this webinar, we'll discuss the role that emotional intelligence plays in all of our lives, professional and personal.

You'll learn:
The four building blocks of emotional intelligence.
What emotional intelligence is.
How you can increase your emotional intelligence.
What impact that emotional intelligence has on African-Americans specifically.

Racism & Bias as it Relates to African Americans

Feb 24th


Central Time


We are in the best of times and/or the worst of times as it relates to race relations and the African-American community in the USA. This webinar explores what it mean to improve race relations by addressing racism and bias with courage, an open mind and the will to create long-lasting positive changes in our own lives, our communities, workplaces, and society. Come ready to think, explore, strategize and be challenged. This is not easy work but it is doable!


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