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The Minnesota Foundation for Student Organizations (MFSO) promotes and supports career and technical student organizations as they work to provide student opportunities for leadership, personal development, community service and career preparation.

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MFSO Annual Meeting
November 9th, 2017

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Overcoming Barriers: Supporting Underserved Populations

CTSO advisors and CTE teachers are often challenged to understand the needs of students that are part of special population groups. Economically disadvantaged students, in particular, have disproportionate amount of obstacles in their every day life we are often not aware of.

The Minnesota Foundation for Student Organizations (MFSO) has made it a priority to focus on ensuring nontraditional, underserved, and special populations have an opportunity to engage in meaning participation in career and technical student organizations. Part of that effort has been addressing “poverty in the classroom”. The MFSO has encouraged poverty awareness training directly through Communications Across Barriers with Dr. Donna Beegle. The MFSO also certified its Executive Director, (Emily Saed) as a Poverty Awareness Coach, allowing her to provide individualized support to CTSO Advisors across the state.

The MFSO has had great success administering this project with it's partners: the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). To date, the this project has directly supported sixteen secondary and ten post secondary CTSO chapters. Direct support provided economically disadvantaged chapters the opportunity to engage in opportunities that would otherwise not have been available to them. Through supporting CTSO programming, we have indirectly provided support to more than two hundred CTSO chapters across our state. The MFSO has reached more than one hundred CTSO Board Members and Advisors with a message of poverty awareness.

Moving forward, the Minnesota Foundation for Student Organizations plans to continue to offer professional training opportunities and support individual CTSO initiatives to address underserved, non traditional and special populations. We are also exploring new development opportunities focused on cultural competencies.


2017 Biennium Report

The MFSO is pleased to release the new Biennium Report. We saw significant growth within our student organizations continuing a 5 year trend.

2017 Biennium Report

The MFSO is required by law (M.S. 124D.34, Subd. 10) to file a Biennium Report every two years. The most recent was filed February, 2017. The Biennium Report highlights the activities of the MFSO and the Student Organizations it serves over the past two years.

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Overcoming Barriers

The MFSO has made it a priority to focus on ensuring nontraditional, underserved, and special populations have an opportunity to engage in meaning participation in career and technical student organizations. This past biennium the MFSO had great success with this project.

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Education-Industry Partnerships

Creating Change through Education-Industry Partnerships, presented by Guy Finne was part of the MFSO Student Organization Round Table in June, 2013. The highlights provide insight into how important these partnerships are.

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