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 2017 summer interns. Eligible Minneapolis young people ages 14-21 who are interested in participating in the 2017 STEP-UP class have until Feb. 10, 2017, 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, those 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, participants get 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 they may have not accessed without STEP-UP.

In 2016, STEP-UP placed more than 1,600 Minneapolis youths in jobs with more than 220 businesses, public agencies, and nonprofits. Interns in the 2016 class were 88 percent youths of color, 48 percent youths from recent immigrant families and 15 percent youths with disabilities or other significant barriers to employment. Representing 44 different languages from around the world, 36 percent spoke fluently in languages besides English.

Businesses, public agencies and nonprofits interested in employing interns in 2017 can find information on the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP website.

STEP-UP is a City of Minneapolis program in partnership with AchieveMpls. Other partners include 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 apply online, visit the City of Minneapolis website. You can also follow STEP-UP on Twitter @STEPUPMpls or like it on Facebook.

Published Dec 14, 2016

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