Competitive Youth Funding Information
Information on this grant's RFP process is available here.
Proposals Funded for SFY13 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013)
|| Area Served
|City of Saint Paul Parks & Recreation - Youth Job Corps
||City of Saint Paul
|City of Minneapolis - STEP-UP
||City of Minneapolis
|City of Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board-Teen Teamworks/Learn-to-Earn
||City of Minneapolis
|South Central Workforce Council/Minnesota Valley Action Council
||South Central MN (Blue Earth, Brown, Faibault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan Counties)
|Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training
||Northeast Minnesota, including the city of Duluth
|Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities
|Intermediate District 287 / Project VECTOR
||Metro Area with referrals from Greater Minnesota
The following information was reported in a News Release on March 21, 2012:
2012 Legislative Report on Minnesota Youth Workforce Development Competitive Grant Pilot Program (PDF)
The grants are from the Minnesota Youth Workforce Competitive Grant Pilot Program, authorized by the Minnesota Legislature during the 2011 legislative session. Grant funds are available July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. Special consideration was provided to projects serving youth from communities of color and projects serving deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind youth.
"These grants are focused on strengthening the skills of the up-and-coming workforce, expanding work opportunities for at-risk youth, and ensuring our next generation is fully prepared for career and personal success," said Commissioner Mark Phillips.
Grant Recipients include:
- Youth Job Corps, Parks and Recreation Department, City of Saint Paul, $560,600. The Youth Job Corps Program will connect at-risk youth with 30 partners to provide summer employment opportunities throughout the city. The project exposes youth to in-demand jobs, especially in the green economy and through the Emergency Medical Services EMS) Academy. Academic credit and certifications will be available for high school students. Eighty-nine percent of youth are from communities of color. Local Contact: Trenton Henspeter, 651.266.6363.
- STEP-UP Program, city of Minneapolis, $850,000. STEP-UP will provide summer work experiences for Minneapolis youth through a nationally-recognized model with an effective public/private partnership. The participants are introduced to in-demand occupations and STEM careers. STEP-UP leverages private sector investment. More than $1 million in STEP-UP youth wages are paid by private-sector employers. Ninety percent of youth are from communities of color. Local contact: Anne Fischer, 612.673.6221
- Teen Teamworks/Learn to Earn Program, City of Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, $300,000. Teen Teamworks (Learn to Earn) combines summer work experience and academic enrichment/credit for economically disadvantaged at-risk Minneapolis youth. Ninety percent of youth are from communities of color. The program offers work opportunities in neighborhood parks, natural areas, shorelines and recreation centers and introduces youth to in-demand green jobs and STEM careers. Worksite crew leaders and supervisors play a mentoring role with the youth. Local contact: Linda Tkaczik, 612.313.7744.
- South Central Workforce Council/Minnesota Valley Action Council, Mankato, $135,000. Minnesota Valley Action Council will target services to youth from communities of color in the nine-county service area. The project emphasizes parental/family involvement, identifies in-demand occupations, and enhances job-seeking skills for both youth and parents/guardians. Academic credit and credentials will be available. The project includes mentoring and training for worksite supervisors that emphasizes working with youth with from diverse cultures. Local contact: Heather Gleason, 507.345.2418.
- Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training, Virginia, $135,000. The Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training Career EdVenture will connect area businesses and business associations with schools to complement efforts already underway in schools to prepare students for the world of work. The project includes linkages with tribal secondary and post-secondary schools and a focus on services to Native American youth. The project includes work experience and a "menu of services" from which each school can select activities and resources. Local contact: Michelle Ufford, 218.748.2200.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, $375,000. The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities program will serve youth 16 to 19 years old across their network of 55 club sites in low-income areas throughout Minnesota. Participants will create a plan of action to secure paid or unpaid work experience within 90 days of completing the Club's Job Ready or Career Launch programs. Mentoring and job shadowing will also be available. Two-thirds of participants are youth of color and 24 percent of Minnesota club sites are located on tribal lands. Local contact: Susan Lundin, 651.200-4114.
- Project VECTOR, Intermediate District 287, Twin Cities Metro Area, $350,000. The Project VECTOR/InVEST D/HH Youth Workforce Project will provide comprehensive work readiness and work experience services exclusively for at-risk young adults, age 16-24, who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing to promote positive employment outcomes toward self-sufficiency. The project serves primarily employers, secondary and post-secondary schools. Seventy percent of participants are youth of color. Local contact: Tina Sanda, 763.205.7656.