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  1. Malala Yousafzai to discuss girls’ access to education for Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series

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    Nobel Peace Prize laureate, author and global youth advocate Malala Yousafzai will be the next speaker in the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series, a forum that brings world-renowned speakers to Minnesota to discuss the most important and relevant policy issues of the day.

    Yousafzai will discuss her ongoing campaign to improve girls’ access to education with Star Tribune reporter Faiza Mahamud on Feb. 1, 2022, at noon CST. The event will be virtual.

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    About Malala Yousafzai 
    At 15 years old, Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban for publicly speaking out against their attempts to prevent girls from going to school. Since recovering, she has become internationally known for her resiliency and fierce advocacy for education and youth voices. In 2013, she founded the Malala Fund to further this work. The next year, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for championing access to education for all children. In 2020, Yousafzai received her degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.

    The Distinguished Carlson Lecture is presented by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs with support from Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation.

    Distinguished Carlson Lecture: A Conversation with Malala Yousafzai
    Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, Noon–1 p.m. CST
    Virtual Event

    Tickets are free and open to the public. Registration is required.

    Event Registration

  2. Constellation Grantee Spotlight: Search Institute

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    According to research by the Search Institute, only 42% of Minnesota youth report having strong relationships with adults at school and in out-of-school time (OST) programs. This and other findings by Search Institute are one element that will inform the Foundation’s Constellation grantmaking.

    The Search Institute promotes positive youth development and advances equity through research and practical solutions. The more than 60-year-old nonprofit also develops tools to build connections that help all young people learn and grow.

    In 2020, the Carlson Family Foundation funded a landscape study by the Search Institute, called the State of Relationships, to find gaps and opportunities to invest in youth-adult relationships in Minnesota.

    “We know that for strong youth-adult relationships to be established and maintained in schools and programs, we need to create an environment that supports them,” said Dr. Ben Houltberg, Search Institute president and CEO. “This study shows the importance of supporting structures and a relational climate that is intentional about relationship-building, inclusive of all youth, and equitable in meeting and responding to each kid’s individual needs. When that happens, good things happen for kids and for the adults who work with them!”

    As part of the study, Search Institute is making its Relational Culture Checkup available for leaders and staff in school or OST programs. The checkup is designed to assess whether an organization has the supporting structures and relational climate necessary to be relationship-rich. Learn more about the State of Relationships study and tools to help build a relationship-rich organization at the Search Institute’s Resources Hub.

  3. Sex Trafficking Prevention Grantee Spotlight: University of Minnesota School of Nursing

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    As part of the Foundation’s work to fund actionable research that aids in the prevention of sex trafficking, we’re supporting the University of Minnesota School of Nursing Minnesota Youth Sex Trading (MYST) team as they research sex trading by LGBTQ+ youth and cisgender boys.

    There are substantial gaps in research and practice on prevention of sex trading among LGBTQ+ youth and cisgender boys. MYST has found that 5.9% of young people who are transgender and gender diverse report trading sex, making them four times more likely to trade sex than their cisgender peers. And cisgender boys are just as likely as cisgender girls to trade sex, yet we know less about their experiences, risk and protective factors.

    A grant from Carlson Family Foundation will fund research that builds upon MYST’s previous research on the prevalence of sex trading among young people in Minnesota, which found that at least 1.4% of Minnesota high school students report trading sex.

    Members of the MYST team have translated research findings into tangible actions for policy and program development for more than 15 years. MYST has the unique capacity to reach youth through its virtual engagement team, a group of young researchers and community leaders with a wide range of lived experiences in this research topic.

    This deeper dive into LGBTQ+ youth and cisgender boys who trade sex will better equip Minnesota and the nation to address critical needs of these groups. It will also help inform the Carlson Family Foundation’s grantmaking as we focus on groups such as boys and LGBTQ+ youth who are susceptible to sex trafficking yet have fewer services available to them compared to other groups.

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