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News & Stories

May
24
2024
by
Ruby Azurdia-Lee
A message from our President
Dear Friends, May 2024 will forever be a benchmark in the history of CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio). After four+ years of working on expanding our mental and chemical health clinical services, our “Abriendo Caminos” Clinic has officially achieved certification as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). This certification is a milestone for CLUES and […]
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May
24
2024
by
CLUES
"Relentless", a book by Luis A. Miranda, Jr.
The Story of the Latino Spirit that is Transforming America, from "Hamilton" to the Latino Voting Power. Luis A. Miranda is also the Founder of the Hispanic Federation, Inc. in New York City. Join us for an exclusive, in-person Live Interview with Luis A. Miranda, Jr., author of Relentless. He will be signing books at the […]
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May
24
2024
by
CLUES
Food access crisis for Latinos
Today, 1 in 6 Latino children faces hunger. Canasta Familiar, our food distribution program, is addressing this increasing crisis by providing fresh meats, produce, and culturally specific foods in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and Austin, MN. We need support to meet the ever-increasing demand. This unprecedented need calls for unprecedented action! We are in urgent need […]
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Apr
23
2024
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Join us for the opening of the new art exhibition: 'Transformación' at the CLUES Art Gallery
Mark your calendars and join us for a family-friendly celebration and the opening of the new art exhibition at the CLUES Art Gallery in Saint Paul: 'Transformación', on view from April 26th to May 31st, 2024. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). National Crime Victims' Rights Week 2024 runs from April 21-27, 2024. During […]
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Apr
22
2024
by
Karla Alvarez
CELEBRATING NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK 2024!
It is National Volunteer Week! Starting today through April 27th everyone at CLUES is celebrating and recognizing our amazing volunteers who gifted their time, talent, and support to our Latino community. The dedication of our volunteers empowers us to fulfill our mission to advanced social and economic equity and wellbeing for Latinos in Minnesota; without […]
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Apr
10
2024
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Don't miss the closing reception of the art exhibition: Afrofusion
Mark your calendars and join us for a family celebration and the closing of the art exhibition at the CLUES Art Gallery in Saint Paul: 'Afrofusión' on Friday, April 12, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the CLUES Art Gallery (797 E 7th St. Saint Paul, MN 55106). Join us for a family-friendly evening and conversation with the […]
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Feb
20
2024
Join us at 'Flores y Cacao': A Free Latine Queer Family Celebration
CLUES invites you to a free, family-friendly event: Flores y Cacao, a celebration of our queer and trans-Latine community through live performances, music, artistic creations, and community resources.  Saturday, February 24 | 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.  Midtown Global Market- 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407Free and open to all ages! Performance Schedule 3:30 […]
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Feb
11
2024
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Join us for the opening reception of the new art exhibition: Afrofusión
Mark your calendars and join us for a family celebration and the opening of the new art exhibition at the CLUES Art Gallery in Saint Paul: 'Afrofusión' for the opening reception on Saturday, February 17, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the CLUES Art Gallery (797 E 7th St. Saint Paul, MN 55106). Join us for a […]
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Dec
18
2023
by
CLUES
Make one more gift to wrap 2023. Donate to CLUES today
As we approach the end of 2023, we are thankful to all who support CLUES each day! We are honored to have a great pool of committed individuals who give of their time and resources to the Latino community through CLUES’ work. Your gift helps 500 families each week to receive nutritious, culturally appropriate food through […]
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Nov
20
2023
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
We Welcome Patricia Patron as our new Vice President of Programs!
CLUES is pleased to announce the newest member of our Executive Leadership team — we welcome Patricia Patron as Vice President of Programs. Patricia will lead our program team, overseeing the direction, effectiveness, impact, and sustainable growth of our Programs Division and service areas including Economic Prosperity, Family Services, Community Health & Wellness, and Arts […]
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Nov
16
2023
by
CLUES
Support CLUES on Give to the Max Day
Give to the Max Day is today! Support CLUES now! Our Behavioral Health Clinic needs your contributions!  Today CLUES’ Behavioral Health Clinic - Abriendo Caminos offer culturally affirming bilingual services to Latinos in need of support with mental health and substance use concerns. Our nearly 40 Latinx clinic staff serve over 1,000 individuals each year.   Your […]
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Nov
9
2023
NAMI Minnesota Recognizes CLUES as Provider of the Year 2023
CLUES was recognized as Provider of the Year at NAMI's annual conference on Saturday, November 4th in St. Paul.  This award recognizes an organization that provides mental health services that demonstrate excellence, respect, and best practices.  CLUES is providing mental health and substance use disorder treatment and services in St Paul, Minneapolis, Willmar, and Austin […]
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Oct
11
2023
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Gala Latina 2023 Celebrates Latinx Culture and Heritage
Close to 500 business and community leaders gathered to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at CLUES Gala Latina on Thursday, October 5th in Minneapolis. The Gala’s keynote speaker, Ingrid Sub Cuc (Lecturer UC Davis, M.P.H, M.A), focused her remarks on community wellbeing, and the importance of investing on building a sense of belonging and valuing our […]
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Sep
26
2023
by
Karla Alvarez
Fiesta Latina 2023: Another successful year celebrating Latino Culture
On September 16, more than 5,000 people gathered to celebrate Latin culture for Hispanic Heritage Month at the CLUES Fiesta Latina. The event was presented by CLUES, Best Buy, M Health Fairview and General Mills with support from a variety of partners and more than 120 vendors. From very early on, many people were hanging […]
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Sep
6
2023
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES WELCOMES SANTIAGO DE ANGULO AS NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
CLUES recently appointed Santiago De Angulo as its new COO. In this role, Santiago will work with CLUES’ President and the Executive Leadership Team to innovate, manage the implementation of business goals, and strengthen the current infrastructure and operations for the organization. “We are very excited to welcome Santiago,” said Ruby Lee, CLUES President, and […]
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Jul
6
2023
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES is participating in the Target Circle program!
We are honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us! Now through September 30, vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine […]
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Jun
7
2023
“This is Our Commitment to the Next Generation...”
… Said Governor Walz as he signed the largest infrastructure bill in state history. The $2.6 billion infrastructure bill will support funding for state agencies, counties, cities, universities, and established nonprofits to acquire land, build roads, parks, and community centers, upgrade trails, improve public safety, and much more.  “Our bills take care of what we […]
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Apr
12
2023
The 2023 YA! April Institute was a success!
The YA! April Institute was a success! Erika Hernandez, the Latinx Student Services Program Manager, led a workshop on identity, culture, and resistance to help students explore and understand how their identity plays a role in their personal, educational, and professional life! They made I Am Poems and Identity Collages to reminisce on their upbringings […]
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Mar
2
2023
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Save The Date for CLUES Fiesta Latina 2023
Even though the snow has not left us yet, we are already thinking about celebrating all together the richness of our Latino culture and art outdoors! Please, save the date for CLUES Fiesta Latina 2023: September 16, 12-4 pm at CLUES St. Paul! Fiesta Latina is a free, family-friendly community festival celebrating Latino culture with […]
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Jan
31
2023
by
CLUES
¡Si Se Pudo! MN House of Representatives Approves Driver’s License for All Bill
On Monday, January 30th, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the "Driver’s License for All” bill by a 69 to 60 vote after hours of debate and discussion. Thanks to the decades of work and perseverance of many Latinx leaders and community-led coalitions, this proposed legislation will ensure All Minnesotans have access to driver’s licenses. […]
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Dec
22
2022
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES Canasta Familiar St Paul moved just down the street from the Mexican Consulate
*Starting January 9, 2023, the free food distribution program, Canasta Familiar, has a new location in St. Paul* Every Monday, starting at 3 p.m. and while supplies last, we offer free food distribution and job search services, career and certification training, financial empowerment coaching, tax processing, housing counseling, and much more. Where? New location - […]
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Dec
7
2022
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES behavioral health therapists create a series of videos to help clients understand how therapy services work
CLUES Behavioral Health therapists have created a video series to help clients better understand how therapy services work and feel more empowered. The videos are available in Spanish. Playlist 3 Videos What to expect during my first therapy session? 0:16 Therapy for my child: What is the art and play in therapy? 0:16 Options for increasing […]
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Nov
15
2022
Ana's Story: "Thanks to the help of my YA! Mentor I am now the first in my family to attend college."
Over the years, YA! program had a number of students who are being raised by relatives. For some, a shifting of guardians has been an unfortunate part of their childhood, for others, this has come with an unexpected tragedy- something the country is seeing a rise of during COVID-19. Ana, (name changed for privacy) was […]
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Oct
10
2022
CLUES Fiesta Latina 2022: Celebrating our Latino culture together!
On September 10, over 3,500 people joined us to celebrate Latino heritage and culture at CLUES Fiesta Latina. The free, family-friendly community festival was presented by CLUES, General Mills, and Minnesota Health Fairview with the support of other incredible sponsors like BlueCross BlueShield Minnesota, children’s Minnesota, Comcast, Health Partners, Hiway. Medica, Mississippi Market, UCARE, USBank, […]
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Oct
3
2022
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES Gala Latina 2022: An impressively successful event!
On September 15, more than 400 business and community leaders gathered to celebrate Latino leadership and Hispanic Heritage Month at CLUES Gala Latina. The event was presented by CLUES, Best Buy and Cargill with the support of a variety of major sponsors including Blue Cross Blue Shield MN, Comcast, Health Partners, Old National Bank, Aaron […]
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Sep
19
2022
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Sowing Hope, Growing Power - CLUES Gardening Guide
Latinos have a long-standing tradition of backyard or kitchen gardens used to grow food for the family and share with friends. For more than six months, CLUES Jardín de Armonía en Acción’s participants worked on compiling a Spanish-language vegetable growing guide that features artwork from two Latina artists who are also community garden participants, Lynda […]
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Jul
26
2022
by
Guest
'Abriendo Caminos' at CLUES
This is a guest article from Liz Franklin, MSW, LICSW, Associate Director of Behavioral Health at CLUES The last two years have been full of uncertainty and change for Behavioral Health staff at CLUES for many of the same reasons as others living in the Twin Cities/the United States/the world. We have also had a […]
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Jul
6
2022
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES WELCOMES ITS NEW ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ARTS AND CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
CLUES is pleased to welcome Hannah Novillo Erickson as its new Associate Director of Arts and Cultural Engagement. Hannah Novillo Erickson Hannah Novillo Erickson comes to CLUES with an extensive background in arts administration, curating, and community engagement. Hannah most recently worked as Associate Curator at the Minnesota Historical Society, building equity in the State’s […]
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Jun
28
2022
by
Guest
Walking through the colors of the rainbow
This is a guest article by CLUES Youth Programming Staff (Poderosas Collective)   History of Pride and how it came to be:​ Toward the end of June 1969, uprisings led by BIPOC Queer people protesting police brutality toward the LGBTQIA+ community began the moment of resistance that is now known as the gay rights movement and […]
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Jun
23
2022
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES Impact Report: Bridging the gaps during the Covid-19 Crisis 2020-2021
We invite you to journey with us through 2020 and 2021 and the impact of COVID-19 in our community. When COVID-19 was first detected in early 2020, our staff quickly moved into rapid response mode, shifting our programming and re-positioning our work to meet the immediate needs of the community. We launched a Latino Relief […]
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Jun
21
2022
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
YOU’RE INVITED TO FIESTA LATINA! CLUES HOSTS ITS FREE ANNUAL COMMUNITY FESTIVAL ON SEPTEMBER 10!
CLUES is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15, 2022) and the richness and diversity of Latino culture and arts by hosting another edition of FIESTA LATINA. This free outdoor event will take place on Saturday, September 10 from 12- 4 pm at CLUES’ Headquarters, located at 797 East 7th St, Saint Paul.   […]
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May
26
2022
CLUES Statement regarding the tragic event in Uvalde, TX
We at CLUES are devastated by the news of the tragic loss of 19 students and 2 teachers in Uvalde, Texas. We grieve with the families of Uvalde, a small, largely Latino town close to the Mexico border. We have personal connections at CLUES with Uvalde and the surrounding area. We are outraged that our […]
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Apr
27
2022
by
Guest
CLUES invites you to participate in the exhibition "El Tendedero"
This is a guest article by CLUES Family Services Program Team April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month (SAAM), and our Domestic and Sexual Violence Program is putting together the Clothesline Project (name El Tendedero in Spanish), an interactive exhibit that promotes collective reflection by acknowledging common experiences of harassment and sexual violence. This event is […]
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Apr
25
2022
by
Guest
Person-centered planning: the person in the right role | Autism Acceptance Month
This is a guest article by Dario Tangelson. Regional Community Coordinator at The Arc Minnesota It used to be the norm that human and medical services systems would decide what support was available for people with disabilities. The person with a disability’s label was the only thing considered, not any of their strengths or talents. […]
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Apr
18
2022
by
Guest
Celebrating National Volunteer Week 2022!
This is a guest article from the Volunteer Services Team at CLUES It is National Volunteer Week! Today through April 22nd we are celebrating and recognizing CLUES volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice, and support to our CLUES community. It is the power of our volunteers that help us reach our mission, we would […]
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Mar
28
2022
by
Guest
Rethinking Autism Awareness and Acceptance
This is a guest article from Liz Franklin, MSW, LICSW,  Associate Director of Behavioral Health at CLUES In recent years, advocates from the Autism Community have pushed for Autism Awareness month to be re-envisioned as Autism Acceptance Month. I feel like this change parallels changes I have experienced in my own understanding of Autism as […]
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Jan
25
2022
by
Karla Alvarez
Are you struggling to put food on the table? These resources can help you
In these difficult times, many hard-working Minnesotans have trouble finding a job or sufficient financial income to support their families. Programs like SNAP and P-EBT, help CLUES to connect our community with resources that provide aid to keep families healthy. SNAP – Nutritional Assistance CLUES can help you or your family apply for financial assistance […]
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Nov
30
2021
Nuestros Sabores: CLUES Virtual Culinary Show
We are excited to share with you our new cooking show and fundraising effort: Nuestros Sabores. Join us this holiday season in our kitchen to celebrate Latino flavors, experiences, and cultural diversity. This is an opportunity for you and your family to learn traditional Latino recipes from famous Latino chefs like Chef Gustavo Romero, Chef Jose […]
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Nov
23
2021
by
Karla Alvarez
Education and Early Childhood Early Childhood: Resources for Parents and Caregivers
Resources for Parents and Child Caregivers Nobody teaches us how to be parents. It is common as parents to feel confused or insecure about raising our children. Parents with negative experiences often wonder how to create happy, safe and healthy environments. At CLUES, we have created a series of videos for parents, with the purpose […]
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Sep
30
2021
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
JOIN US AT CLUES LA CULTURA CURA - ART AND HEALTH FESTIVAL
We want to invite you to join us on October 16th from 12-3 pm for our first edition of "La Cultura Cura" at CLUES Minneapolis (CareerForce Center. 777 East Lake Street, Minneapolis). A free family-friendly event highlighting the connection between health and art. We will be celebrating the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, as well as […]
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Sep
9
2021
Muralismo Minnesotano: Celebrating 40 Years of CLUES and 100 Years of the Muralist Movement
 This is a guest article from Aaron Johnson-Ortiz, Director of Arts & Cultural Engagement at CLUES In 2021, as we negotiate what we can and cannot do in this ever-changing COVID environment, CLUES is slowly and cautiously reopening its doors to our community.  This September, as we re-enter Hispanic Heritage Month, we have much to […]
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Aug
30
2021
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES CELEBRATES THE STRENGTH AND RICHNESS OF THE LATINO CULTURES IN A COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
CLUES is celebrating its 40th anniversary and the richness and diversity of Latino culture and arts by hosting its fifth annual FIESTA LATINA. This free outdoor event will take place on Saturday, September 18 from 12- 4 pm at CLUES’ Headquarters, located at 797 East 7th St. or “Calle Siete” in Saint Paul. CLUES, the […]
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Aug
2
2021
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
JOIN US AT THE CLUES FERIA DE SALUD – WELLNESS DAY!
CLUES is celebrating its 40th anniversary and invites the community to join more than 1,000 people on August 14 at its Wellness Day Fair and Back to School Fiesta, a free event that promotes the health of families and communities through education and awareness around health and wellness issues. Located at CLUES Saint Paul on […]
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Jul
8
2021
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES invites the community to celebrate its 40th Anniversary with a series of special events
CLUES turns 40 in 2021 and launches year-long celebrations. This spring, CLUES leadership unveiled our new Strategic Direction and Goals and introducing new Board leadership who will be guiding impact and success into the new decade. Cultural arts and community celebrations are planned for the summer with culminating events in the fall during Latinx Heritage Month. CLUES invites […]
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Jun
18
2021
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES Receives Charities Review Council Seal as Marker of Strength and Transparency
CLUES is pleased to announce our receipt of the Charities Review Council “Meets Standards® Seal”! We are proud to be one of fewer than 339 nonprofits committed to upholding transparency and excellence. CLUES earns the Meets Standards® seal by voluntarily participating in Charities Review Council’s Accountability Wizard® review process. The only web-based product of its kind, […]
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Jun
11
2021
YA! Participant's story on MPR News
Today we want to highlight the story of Edgar Omar Dominguez Casalez, who is a participant of the CLUES Youth in Action program (YA!) and congratulate him on his high school graduation. ¡Felicidades Edgar! Edgar’s journey it’s a compelling story about the good things that can happen when determined kids in challenging circumstances connect with […]
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May
26
2021
Debunking Mental Health Myths with Mental Health Professionals
This is a guest article from the CLUES Mental Health staff The month of May is designated as "mental health awareness month". During the month of May, CLUES joins the national mental health awareness movement. From CLUES, we join together to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people […]
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May
24
2021
by
Shelby Blank
Orono High School Students Making an Impact
As graduation approaches, we want to feature three graduates form Orono High School who fundraised on behalf of CLUES this past school year. Bella Petschen, Bridget Carlson, and Hadley Stephenson had the opportunity to participate in their DECA Community Giving Project in a Marketing course which had been designed to develop critical business skills and […]
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May
12
2021
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
In memory of our beloved Dale Dufault
CLUES is heartbroken to share with great sorrow that our dear friend and team member Dale Dufault, age 57, passed away on May 9 after battling cancer for a year.  Dale joined CLUES in 2013 and most recently served as our Chief Operating Officer. He was humble, dedicated, and passionate about CLUES’ mission. He always […]
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May
10
2021
by
Guest
Innovation in Early Childhood through Community Empowerment
 This is a guest article from Andrea Martinez, Family Systems Project Manager at CLUES Latino families with infants and toddlers in Minnesota face different obstacles to achieving a successful transition to kindergarten for their children. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Latino and Native American children have the lowest proficiency rates, at 68 […]
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May
5
2021
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
New Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program in Minnesota
Good news for Minnesotans looking for rental assistance! Applications for RentHelpMN are open and CLUES can assist you in the application process. The State of Minnesota recognizes that many people have been directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic recession and are in great need of assistance. That is why it has created […]
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Apr
24
2021
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: KATHERINE HERRERA
This week, April 18-24, is National Volunteer Week! Each day we’ll be sharing about the wonderful volunteers who make our work possible.   Today’s volunteer in the spotlight is Katherine Herrera! In 2020 Katherine volunteered with CLUES for the first time as an Adult Mental Health Case Management Intern Family Services program. “Katherine started with me last […]
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Apr
23
2021
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: VALENTINA MARTINEZ
This week, April 18-24, is National Volunteer Week! Each day we’ll be sharing about the wonderful volunteers who make our work possible.  Today’s volunteer in the spotlight is Valentina Martinez! In 2020 Valentina volunteered with CLUES for the first time as a Food Access Volunteer at the Canasta Familiar program. “Valentina is always ready to […]
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Apr
22
2021
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: LUISA TORRES
This week, April 18-24, is National Volunteer Week! Each day we’ll be sharing about the wonderful volunteers who make our work possible.  Today’s volunteer in the spotlight is Luisa Torres! In 2020 Luisa volunteered with CLUES for the first time as a mentor in our Youth in Action (YA!) program. “Luisa is awesome and truly […]
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Apr
21
2021
Volunteer Spotlight: Dan Conley
This week, April 18-24, is National Volunteer Week! Each day we’ll be sharing about the wonderful volunteers who make our work possible. Today’s volunteer in the spotlight is Dan Conley! In 2020 Dan volunteered with CLUES for the first time as a co-teacher in our evening Adult ESL program. “Dan didn’t have experience in teaching, […]
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Apr
20
2021
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Time For Change! - A message from CLUES
This is the Time! Change for Black and Brown people’s justice and police accountability is long overdue. Today’s guilty verdict by the jury seeking vindication for George Floyd and his family, and community outcries for police reform have finally found justice. Today’s verdict and the peaceful marches for justice have sparked the momentum needed for the […]
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Apr
19
2021
by
Guest
CLUES celebrates the power of our volunteers - National Volunteer Week 2021
This is a guest article from Jennifer Galvan-Bautista, Volunteer Coordinator at CLUES Happy National Volunteer Week! Today through April 24 we celebrate and recognize our amazing volunteers. This week is not only about celebration but is also a week of acknowledgment. We are proud to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, and energy […]
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Apr
6
2021
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES Celebrates its 40th Birthday and announces New Strategic Direction and Board Leadership
CLUES turns 40 in 2021 and launches year-long celebrations. This spring, CLUES leadership is unveiling its new Strategic Direction and Goals and introducing new Board leadership who will be guiding impact and success into the new decade. Cultural arts and community celebrations are planned for the summer with culminating events in the fall during Latinx Heritage Month. “We […]
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Apr
2
2021
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Becoming an American: a student from CLUES' citizenship classes becomes naturalized
CLUES would like to highlight and congratulate our citizenship student Jesús. Jesús arrived in the US in 2003 from Michoacán, Mexico. He and his wife currently reside in Eagan. His citizenship teacher clearly remembers Jesús’s first day of class in February 2019. He arrived fully prepared - donning a new backpack full of supplies that […]
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Feb
8
2021
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES is looking for two Vice Presidents
These newly created executive leadership level positions are designed to oversee the direction, effectiveness, impact, and sustainable growth of the organization. The Vice Presidents support the President and the Board of Directors in the oversight, implementation, and impact of CLUES mission, values, and strategic direction and goals.  Please share with others and help us identify qualified […]
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Jan
29
2021
by
Guest
Ambiguous loss and resilience in the times of Covid-19
This is a guest article from Liz Franklin, Senior Manager of Community-Based Mental Health Services at CLUES. To put it mildly, it’s been a year.  2020 has held multiple experiences that individually would have completely defined this year.  Experiencing so many of them on top of each other makes it hard to even hold the […]
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Jan
28
2021
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES Minneapolis moved across the street
Our Minneapolis services are now delivered at the CareerForce Center. 777 East Lake Street, Minneapolis Due to COVID-19 our services are delivered virtually, by phone, or by appointment only. For assistance or to schedule an appointment call: CLUES Minneapolis 612-746-3500 or our COVID-19 hotline 651-768-0000 ------------------------------ CLUES Canasta Familiar is open every Wednesday 2-5 pm […]
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Jan
2
2021
by
Shelby Blank
Ashantty’s story - “Together, we can accomplish the maximum level of greatness.”
Graduating from high school as a first-generation Latina student is an impressive accomplishment. In a year like 2020, we want to extend the biggest congratulations to Ashantty, and the rest of our graduating seniors who are headed off to college or into the workforce. As members of our YA! Program, these seniors have persisted through tough […]
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Dec
31
2020
by
Shelby Blank
COVID-19 Fatigue and How to Combat it
As the Covid-19 pandemic persists, it is normal and expected for people to be experiencing what is being called “Covid-19 Fatigue.” With ambiguity surrounding in person education, job security, and economic stability, it is understandable to want to return to normal and scale back on precautions you are taking, however, with cases in Minnesota still putting hospitals at high risk of being overburdened, it […]
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Dec
22
2020
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Al Niño Con Cariño Brightens the Holidays for CLUES Families
On December 11th, CLUES was able to bring some light, hope, and positivity to over 150 Twin Cities Latino and immigrant families through the annual Al Niño Con Cariño Toy Drive event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event was open only by registration and for CLUES participants. The event followed a drive-thru distribution […]
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Dec
14
2020
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Got a question about coronavirus? You can call CLUES bilingual hotline for help
As COVID-19 continues, we'll get through this together. At CLUES, the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, program participants, volunteers and community partners are of the utmost importance. We are monitoring the developing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and are taking necessary precautions to minimize the exposure and spread of the disease to our staff, volunteers […]
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Nov
17
2020
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES Receives Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award
CLUES is proud to announce that it was selected this year as one of only two Twin Cities non-profit organizations to receive the prestigious 2020 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® award.  CLUES and Pillsbury United Communities were selected for their work addressing economic mobility, specifically furthering the economic and social progress of individuals and families […]
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Nov
13
2020
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
HELP SUPPORT CLUES: GIVE TO THE MAX 2020!
Covid-19 has disproportionately affected Minnesota’s Latino community. Since mid-March, CLUES has responded with a Spanish language hotline, resource navigation, and referrals, and by distributing emergency financial assistance through the Latino Family Emergency Relief Fund. Our new Saving Circles Fund is another critical strategy that builds on the core strengths and values of our community by providing training and […]
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Nov
2
2020
by
Guest
CLUES invites the Latino community to celebrate 'Dia de Muertos'
 This is a guest article from Aaron Johnson-Ortiz, Director of Arts & Cultural Engagement at CLUES. Every 1st and 2nd of November, many Latinos celebrate Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), a time when we honor our loved ones who have passed on to the next life. It is a time to come together as families […]
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Oct
23
2020
by
Shelby Blank
Senior Feature: Tania's Story - "I have a voice"
Graduation is always a special time at CLUES, but even more so this year. 2020 has brought many unforeseen challenges to its graduating class. We want to take the time to celebrate all that our youth participants have overcome and all that they are setting out to do. Whether they are graduating from high school, […]
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Oct
20
2020
by
Guest
Everybody Knows Someone: What is #1 Thing You Can Do to End Domestic Violence
This is a guest article from Kellie Rock, Sexual Assault Advocate at CLUES. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience some form of physical violence at the hands of their partner. But domestic violence is not limited to physical violence, it can be […]
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Oct
17
2020
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES hosted telethon to support Latinos in need
CLUES in collaboration with Univision Minnesota hosted a telethon on Saturday October 17 to raise funds to help the Latino community overcome obstacles during these times of financial crisis. CLUES Saving Circles Fund support Latinos impacted financially by COVID-19 as they use funds for micro businesses and entrepreneurial projects or to pay for work uniforms, […]
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Sep
29
2020
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES celebrates Latino Heritage Month by giving back to our community
This year CLUES has experienced an unprecedented level of care and financial support for the safety and well-being of the Latino families and individuals we serve. Through generous gifts and volunteer efforts, CLUES team members have supported over 5,000 Latinos impacted by COVID-19, distributed over $1 million in cash assistance, and we continue to provide […]
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Sep
21
2020
September 22: National Register to Vote day!
This is a guest article from Camila Mercado Michelli, Advocacy & Community Building Project Manager at CLUES. During every election cycle millions of people find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or are confused on how to register. National Voter Registration Day wants to make sure everyone […]
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Sep
17
2020
by
Guest
CLUES Launches Manualidades Cohort to uplift Latino cultures
This is a guest article from Aaron Johnson-Ortiz, Director of Arts & Cultural Engagement at CLUES. On Tuesday, September 15, CLUES kicked off our “Manualidades” program, a Latino arts and crafts class for individuals and families to learn about traditional Latino art forms and to build community through the practice of our culture. For our first class, […]
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Sep
4
2020
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) has Launched!
A new Housing Assistance program by Minnesota Housing is available for Minnesota residents who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 and are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage. The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) is now accepting applications.  Please review the following information to see if you are eligible to apply and to learn […]
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Aug
12
2020
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Young women from Entre Mujeres program create a mural of their experiences as young Latinas
Today we celebrate International Youth Day! Here at CLUES we are proud to have many youth programs such as Entre Mujeres, which empowers young Latina high schoolers to recognize their personal worth, strengthen their leadership abilities and self-confidence, and make change in their communities and beyond. “Entre Mujeres is like a second family. It’s a […]
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Aug
5
2020
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Welcome to our new website!
CLUES is thrilled to announce the launch of our new organizational website! Our new site was designed with community in mind and has a variety of features to make it easier for you to find the programs and information you need. Fully bilingual, unified site - Switch between Spanish and English on any page to […]
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Apr
30
2020
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Jessica Pleguezuelos
RAINBOW OF HOPE AMONG CHILDREN BEFORE EL COVID-19
Hashtags such as #YoMeQuedoEnCasa and #StayHome have been spreading on social media to promote self quarantine and prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections. Now many families around the world are following an initiative that was born in Italy under the name Tutto andrà bene. This campaign is filling windows and doors of houses in many cities […]
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Apr
29
2020
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Jessica Pleguezuelos
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO COUNT LATINOS IN MINNESOTA IN THE 2020 CENSUS?
  The 2020 Census will determine your state’s representation in Congress, inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds will be distributed each year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. Several leaders in the Latino community in Minnesota share with us their vision of why we should all […]
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Apr
23
2020
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Jessica Pleguezuelos
THANK YOU HEALTHCARE WORKERS!
CLUES Youth in Action (YA!) and Teen Tech Center students and mentors gathered together, virtually, to raise their voices in support of the incredible dedication and sacrifice of healthcare workers who are risking their lives every day to protect the community. ¡Gracias por todo lo que hacen por nosotros! Stay tuned for more impactful examples […]
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Apr
22
2020
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Jessica Pleguezuelos
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK SPOTLIGHT 2020: JUANA SANDOVAL
Today’s volunteer in the spotlight is Juana Sandoval! Juana is YA! Coach St. Paul since 2016. “Juana has gone above and beyond as a YA! mentor. She was matched with her first mentee for three years and was a huge support as she graduated and began college. Juana took her on numerous college visits in […]
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Apr
22
2020
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Jessica Pleguezuelos
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK SPOTLIGHT 2020: DAVID WILLIARD
Today’s National Volunteer Week spotlight honors David Williard, who has served as Citizenship teacher since 2018. “David Williard did an excellent job leading our citizenship class on Monday evenings. David not only informed students about the US citizenship process and provided much-needed practice for their naturalization interviews, but, as an associate professor of history, he […]
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Apr
21
2020
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Jessica Pleguezuelos
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK SPOTLIGHT 2020: DREW BECK
Today’s volunteer in the spotlight is Drew Beck! “Drew is a High School student who has been committed to serving at the Canasta Familiar program since its inception and kick-off. His dedication to the community and willingness to serve resonates in his commitment to the distribution of food to participants during the last seven months. As […]
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Apr
21
2020
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
NCVRW 2020 | A VICTIM’S PERSONAL STORY
NCVRW also commemorates the advocates that have driven the survivors’ rights movement over the years. This year’s theme is “Seek Justice — Ensure Victims’ Rights — Inspire Hope.” Due to COVID-19, many planned in-person events have been canceled. However, to commemorate the week, CLUES will be hosting a Facebook Live presentation on Thursday, April 23 at 4:00 pm recognizing the survivors in our community.
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Apr
20
2020
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Jessica Pleguezuelos
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK SPOTLIGHT 2020: ELIZABETH PULIDO
This week, April 19-25, is National Volunteer Week! Each day we’ll be sharing about the wonderful volunteers who make our work possible. Today’s volunteer in the spotlight is Elizabeth Pulido! Elizabeth is the Children’s Mental Health Case Management Intern. “Elizabeth has a positive attitude all the time. She is an eager learner and willing to […]
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Apr
3
2020
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CLUES
CLUES PARTICIPANTS DONATE 2,000 SURGICAL MASKS TO HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
A cohort of 26 Latina women participating in CLUES’ Adelante Mujeres (Women Forward) financial empowerment program joined with other CLUES program participants and staff to produce 2,000 masks to support local healthcare professionals. The group presented the masks to M Health Fairview Hospitals this Friday. Zela Fabbri, CLUES Economic Empowerment Supervisor, proposed the idea to […]
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Feb
5
2020
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CLUES
In memoriam of our beloved coworker José Rivera
CLUES is heartbroken to share that a member of our family, Jose Rivera, passed away yesterday due to complications from a lung condition. Jose became ill in October 2019 and was being treated at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina while awaiting a lung transplant. He passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 4.
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Jan
30
2020
Get counted - Your participation in the Census 2020 is crucial!
The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census be taken every 10 years to count all people—both citizens and non-citizens—living in the United States. Participating in the census is in everyone's best interest, because the information on the forms is used by decision-makers to determine which communities, schools, hospitals and roads receive federal funding.
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Dec
19
2019
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Our elders make their mark at the CLUES Latino Art Gallery
Our senior participants are exhibiting the culmination of their art class designed in collaboration between CLUES and the East Side Arts Council’s Creative Connections for Seniors in the Latino Art Gallery at CLUES Saint Paul. The amazing artist Claudia Valentino led arts activities from October 1 through December 19 in 2019. Over the last three […]
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Dec
16
2019
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Jessica Pleguezuelos
Al Niño Con Cariño Annual Toy Drive – a big success!
On December 13, 2019, CLUES Minneapolis hosted Al Niño Con Cariño, a memorable and fun-filled event that provided nearly 600 children a little extra cheer this holiday season.
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Nov
12
2019
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES launches our Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Saint Paul
On Friday, November 8, CLUES and Best Buy celebrated the grand opening of the country’s newest Best Buy Teen Tech Center, located at CLUES’ Saint Paul Headquarters. Over 100 members of the community came together to inaugurate this new space where youth will be able to grow and expand their skills as they explore the intersections […]
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Oct
30
2019
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
You are not alone! | Megan’s story
Last Friday, CLUES hosted a special event to talk about Domestic Violence. We were honored to be joined by Megan, who shared her story of surviving and starting over after an abusive relationship.
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Oct
25
2019
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Bring holiday joy to families at Al Niño con Cariño
For some children in our community, the holidays can be a painful reminder of what they have to live without. During this season of joy, CLUES is promoting our annual event, Al Niño con Cariño – To a Child with Love – in collaboration with Toy For Tots. This event offers low-income families the opportunity to […]
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Oct
18
2019
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES celebrates Día de Muertos with a Community Altar
Unlike Halloween, Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is not meant to be a sad or frightening holiday, but rather an uplifting time to remember loved ones who have passed on. It is a party, full of colors and joyful motifs that refer to death from another perspective. With the heritage of indigenous culture, […]
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Oct
15
2019
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Jessica Pleguezuelos
Gala Latina 2019 was a smashing success!
On October 10, more than 600 business and community leaders gathered to celebrate Latino leadership and Hispanic Heritage Month at CLUES Gala Latina. The event was presented by CLUES and General Mills with the support of a variety of major sponsors including Cargill, Best Buy, Medtronic Foundation, Xcel Energy, 3M, Fairview, Metropolitan State University, US […]
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Sep
13
2019
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Bienvenidos to our Art Gallery!
CLUES unveiled the CLUES Latino Art Gallery, an innovative exhibition space dedicated to presenting multidisciplinary art, performance and public programming by Latino artists. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, VisualizArte, opens September 12 and runs through December 12. Danza Mexica CITLACOATL and Palabristas poetry group participated at the opening reception.
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Aug
21
2019
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Visiones - Latino Youth Film Screening Night
On Tuesday, August 20, CLUES hosted a screening at Metropolitan State University to showcase short films created through this summer's Visiones Latino Youth Film Program.
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Aug
5
2019
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES Mural Apprenticeship Program Now Open!
CLUES is accepting applications to our new Latino Muralism Apprenticeship program, an intensive and immersive program that will cover all aspects of muralism, from its history and sociopolitical context to indoor and outdoor best practices to logistical skills like project management and fundraising.
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Aug
1
2019
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
CLUES Inaugurates new expansion that will extend its reach and services in St. Paul
CLUES hosted a Ribbon Cutting Wednesday, July 31, to welcome partners and donors to its new expansion doubling the size of its headquarters building on the East Side of Saint Paul.
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Jul
16
2019
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos
Gabino's story - "The people you meet today will impact you for the rest of your life."
Graduation is a special time of year at CLUES. It’s a time to reflect, to celebrate and to look forward to all that the future holds. Many of our youth participants are graduating from their high schools, colleges, and universities, and we are so proud to watch each of them go on to serve to […]
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