Help spread the word: Applications now accepted for STEP-UP summer youth employment program

The City’s youth employment program STEP-UP is now accepting applications for 2016 summer interns. Eligible Minneapolis young people ages 14-21 who are interested in participating in the 2016 STEP-UP class have until Feb. 5, 2016, to complete an application online.

STEP-UP is one of the country’s premiere youth employment programs, serving those who face some of the greatest barriers to employment. This includes young people of color, those from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, from recent immigrant families, and those with disabilities. In addition to summer jobs with more than 230 top Twin Cities companies, nonprofits and public agencies, STEP-UP also offers work readiness training, advanced-level internships and industry-specific career opportunities that  integrates career exposure with post-secondary education and career planning.

Before the internships, there is work readiness training certified by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce in preparation for a professional work environment. Returning interns receive advanced training that deepens their professional skills. The interns gain valuable on-the-job skills, make strong professional connections, and become exposed to new career options.

Since the program was launched in 2004, it has provided more than 21,000 internship opportunities. In 2015, STEP-UP placed more than 1,600 Minneapolis young people in jobs with more than 200 businesses, public agencies and nonprofits. More than 90 percent of the 2015 class were young people of color, 40 percent from recent immigrant families, and 12 percent had disabilities or other significant barriers to employment. They represented 38 languages and 30 percent of the class spoke fluently in languages besides English.

Businesses, public agencies and nonprofits interested in employing interns in 2016 can find information on the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP website.

STEP-UP is a City of Minneapolis program in partnership with AchieveMpls, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Project for Pride in Living.

To learn more about STEP-UP or to access the online STEP-UP application, visit the City of Minneapolis website.

Published Dec 15, 2015

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