1,600 STEP-UP interns started their first day of work this week

The City’s youth employment program, STEP-UP, kicked off its 12th summer this week with 1,600 Minneapolis youth and young adults ages 14-21 starting their paid summer internships at 230 participating government agencies, nonprofits and corporations throughout the Twin Cities metro area.  

Created in 2004, STEP-UP serves Minneapolis youth and young adults who face some of the greatest barriers to employment, including youth from families of lower economic backgrounds, youth of color and youth with disabilities. Since the program was launched, it has provided nearly 20,000 internship opportunities.

STEP-UP interns explore diverse career interests, gain valuable on-the-job skills, make strong professional connections and prepare for meaningful careers. Before being placed into their internship, most STEP-UP participants receive between 7-14 hours of work-readiness training and complete a mock interview that prepares them for their experience.

This year’s class of youth and young adult interns started work at their job sites this week and will complete their internships on August 14. Participants’ workdays and experiences vary site to site; on average youth work from 20-32 hours per week. A job site supervisor and often times a mentor guide the youth through the internship over the summer. Many times these relationships continue for months or years beyond the internship.

Published Jun 16, 2015

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