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Participant Update Keeping you Informed, Empowered and Prepared February 27, 2013

Let It Be You! by Jim Rohn

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ach and every day, there are people all around the country and world who are living their dreams. Families are experiencing tremendous relationships. People are becoming more and more healthy. Life-long learners are growing intellectually and improving their chances for success. The fact is that living the life of your dreams is possible. People prove that every day. My recommendation is this: Let it be you! The first and most important is to make a commitment to work on yourself. Are you going to improve or stay the same? No matter what you have achieved, you are at a certain point right now. What you have achieved in the past is fine, but it doesn’t make a difference for the future. The decision about what you will become is made each day and every day. Each day someone is making the decision to better him or herself. Let that person be you! The second is to make a plan. Once you have decided to become better you will have to have a plan. It doesn’t have to be a long, intricate plan. It can be simple. Save a dollar a day. Walk a mile a day. Read an article a day. That is a simple plan with achievable goals. Someone is going to develop a plan that will take them into the future of their dreams. Let it be you! The third is to begin to act. All of the great ideas, without action, become stale and useless. The key to turning dreams into reality is action. People who have great ideas are a dime a dozen. People who act on their dreams and ideas are the select few, but they are the ones who gain the wealth, wealth and wisdom that is available. Someone will act today. Let it be you. My encouragement to you is to stop looking at others who live the good life, wishing that you were as well, and instead begin to commit to your improvement, develop a plan and act on it. Someone is going to. Let it be you!


Getting to Know You: Meet the TCR! Staff Cynthia Micolichek Director of Human Resources & Special Projects 1. How long have you worked at TCR!? 2013 marks my 10th year of service at Twin Cities RISE!. 2. What did you do before coming to TCR!? Prior to TCR! I worked at UCare as the Human Resources Coordinator for seven years.

Coaches’ Corner What will be your legacy? What will you contribute that will sustain others in your theatre generation after generation? President Washington decried that Americans needed a break on goods and services and left the legacy of the President’s Day sales. Coaches help you to see your potential to leave a lasting legacy. Legacies can be something that is outdated or discontinued. Resolve to make yours a lasting one. How about affirming your Core Value and the Core Value of those in your theatre as a start?

3. What’s your favorite part about working at TCR!? My favorite part is interacting and building relationships with staff and participants. I am encouraged and inspired by the stories that are shared every day at TCR!. TCR! is a unique and wonderful place to work because of the commitment of the staff and participants to improve our communities and impact the cycle of poverty. 4. What’s something interesting that readers may not know about you? Something interesting about me is that I have been to the North Pole. That would be North Pole, Alaska. :)

Career Center: Make the most of your resources!

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he Career Center is a great resource at TCR! that provides assistance with job leads, networking and follow up tips, interview preparation, resume help, and more. Stop by during the following hours at both locations to get valuable support during your job search!

Cynthia with TCR! Graduate Jaime Wright at Celebration.

Monday - Thursday: 12 - 2 pm Friday: 9:30 am - 12 pm


Education Extra: The latest class updates at TCR! Improved courses coming your way! Starting with the March term, we will be incorporating CustomGuide into our computer courses. CustomGuide is an interactive online service that lets you work at your own pace, all the way from beginner to advanced. This easy-to-use program includes lessons on Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft programs. As for those of you wanting to strengthen the math skills you need on the job—from reading rulers to measuring liquids—a new hands-on, practical version of Applied Math is back on the schedule to help you out. Free keyboarding! Did you know that if you type “free typing tutorials” (with quotes) in Google, you’ll get hits for dozens of websites that let you to practice typing for free? If you have Internet access away from TCR!, this is a great way to work in a little extra keyboarding practice. (Just remember, if any site demands personal information before letting you type, simply close the window and hop to another site.) MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! End-Term Course Surveys are again being offered during Week 8. Check your Outlook Inbox. In the past year, we have made major updates to our program based on feedback we’ve gotten from participants. We look forward to hearing about your experience and your ideas to help us improve. Get that full-time job as soon as possible! Weeks 9 and 10 of the session are on the way. Our labs are open. Use them to job search, maintain that “Two-a-Day,” develop your resume, improve your keyboarding skills, or reinforce what you learned in your computer courses. Use your resources and build the path to your success.

Mark Your Calendars

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Racial Justice & Media Workshop: YWCA Downtown Minneapolis, 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. RSVP before March 1 to 612-215-4124. Workshop Week: See your email or front desk for details.

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Basic Accounting Workshop: Rondo Community Library, St. Paul, 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. 651-379-8113. Celebration: International Institute of Minnesota, 1694 Como Ave, St. Paul, 5:45-7:30 pm. RSVP at the front desk.

First Day of Classes


From the Desk of Volunteer Services... Help Lab Updates and Reminders: All Help Labs will be done after this week (week 8). Help Labs will start up again on Monday, March 25 for session 2 for both Computer Applications and Workplace Communications courses. Look for Help Lab Schedules to come out as session 2 approaches. Workshop Week Information and Reminders: TCR!’s Workshop Week is coming up March 11 – March 15! Please see Workshop Week Flyer that was sent out through email, or stop by the front desk to view the flyer. Here are the Workshops being offered this session: • LinkedIn for Job Seekers – Monday, March 11 from 1:00-2:15pm in Minneapolis • Simply Good Cooking – Tuesday, March 12 from 9:30-12:00pm at West Metro Simply Good Eating Programs: WORKSHOP FULL • Tax Time Tips: Claiming the Credits You’ve Earned – Tuesday, March 12 from 1:00-2:15pm in St. Paul • Domestic Violence 101 – Tuesday, March 12 from 4:30-5:45pm in Minneapolis • Child Support Basics – Wednesday, March 13 from 9:30-12:00pm in St. Paul • Discovering the Hidden Job Market and Alternative Approaches to Conventional Applications – Wednesday, March 13 from 4:30-5:45pm in St. Paul • From Voting to Civic Engagement: How to be HEARD in your Community – Thursday, March 14 from 1:00-2:15pm in St. Paul Sign up for all Workshops at the front desk in either the St. Paul or Minneapolis Office! Contact Eric Taie at etaie@twincitiesrise.org if there are any questions.

Bonus Bucks TCR! is offering bonus money to eligible participants who help in the search for new applicants. We will pay you for every person you refer to the program who meets the referral criteria. Help TCR! get the word out and make some $$ while you do it! For more details see the Front Desk, Recruiters or Shereese Turner, Director of Recruitment & Internships.

Know your State - Fun Facts about Minnesota! ◊ Tonka Trucks were developed and are continued to be manufactured in Minnetonka. ◊ Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined. ◊ The nation’s first Better Business Bureau was founded in Minneapolis in 1912.


Corridors 2 Careers in partnership with Twin Cities RISE! presents:

A Key to Your Future Career

Take the National Career Readiness Certificate assessments for free! Tuesday, March 5 from 1:00-2:15pm (St. Paul Office) Wednesday, March 6 from 1:00-2:15pm (St. Paul Office) Thursday, March 7 from 1:00-3:30pm (St. Paul Office) This is a three session opportunity. Attend all three days to complete the certificate. Must preregister at www.positivelyminnesota.com/spworkshops The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) also called “Workkeys” verifies to employers you have the cognitive skills needed to be successful in today’s workplace. Complete your Certificate by taking three assessments: Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information. You will receive your results immediately.


Twin Cities RISE! February Participant Update