DEED awards $7.3 million for youth at work programs

25 Minnesota organizations receive funding

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded $7.3 million in grants to 25 groups that will help young people gain job skills and work experience, as well as introduce them to career pathways.

The two-year grants were awarded through DEED’s Office of Youth Development, which administers youth employment and training programs and services.

The funding will provide services to young people who are under-represented in the workforce, economically disadvantaged and at-risk. An estimated 5,000 young people will be served by this round of funding.

“Early exposure to work experiences is the top predictor of future career success,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “These grants will give young people hands-on experience that will help them succeed in tomorrow’s workforce.”

Funding was awarded to the following metro area groups:

Elpis Enterprises, (Twin Cities, primarily Hennepin and Ramsey counties), $100,000

Young people ages 16 to 23 who are homeless or housed in uncertain circumstances will participate in paid work experiences in fields that interest them and will receive training support.

Anoka County Job Training Center, (Anoka County and surrounding communities), $100,000

Youth of color and youth with disabilities from low-income families will participate in educational and job-training opportunities.
City Academy High School, (St. Paul East Side), $100,000

Young people of color who dropped out of school and are at-risk will prepare for high-demand careers, particularly in the construction industry.

Project for Pride Living, (Minneapolis), $400,000

Disconnected young people will participate in the Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP) program to increase their opportunities for education and employment.

City of Minneapolis (STEP-UP), $1 million

Minneapolis youth will participate in an array of employment and training services to help them gain skills to achieve life-long economic self-sufficiency.

EMERGE, (Minneapolis), $350,000

Young people ages 14 to 24 will receive job placement assistance.

YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, (Twin Cities metro, primarily the suburbs), $500,000

Youth will participate in a program that will help them identify, pursue and succeed in a career.

Asian Media Access, (Twin Cities metro), $350,000

At-risk youth of color from ages 14 to 24 will receive education support, employment services, job readiness training, multimedia/digital technology skills development and entrepreneurship training.

City of St. Paul (Right Track), $800,000

Youth of color and youth with other barriers to employment will be exposed to job opportunities.

Cookie Cart, (north Minneapolis), $253,314

Neighborhood youth will help run a nonprofit bakery.

East Side Neighborhood Services, (Hennepin County, primarily Minneapolis), $150,000

Participants will learn about professionalism in the workplace, gain knowledge about one or more career pathways, earn a credential in a field, and gain hands-on professional experience.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, $400,000

Economically disadvantaged young people between the ages of 14 and 24 in Minneapolis will learn about the connection between academic, social and employment skills.

Minnesota Computers for Schools, (Twin Cities metro), $200,000
Low-income youth and young adults of color will receive technology training and certification that will position them to pursue careers in information technology.

Bridge for Youth, (Hennepin County), $200,000

Homeless and at-risk youth will receive training that will help them develop employment skills.

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and its services, visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.