State Grants $2.7M For Youth Job Training

State Grants $2.7M For Youth Job Training

The state’s economic development agency will award grants to 16 Minnesota organizations that provide job and skills training for economically disadvantaged or at-risk teenagers and young adults.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is giving $2.7 million in grants to 16 Minnesota organizations that support disadvantaged teenagers and young adults in their search for employment.
DEED’s Office of Youth Development—which provides resources, special initiatives, and grants for low-income and at-risk individuals between the ages of 14 and 21—developed the Minnesota Youth Workforce Development Competitive Grant Program to provide work experience and to assist economically disadvantaged, deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind individuals in job skills training.
“Our Youth Workforce Development grants are focused on strengthening the skills of the next generation workforce, expanding work experience for at-risk youth, and ensuring they are fully prepared for career and personal success,” DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said in a statement.
The state-funded Youth Workforce Development program received proposals from 38 organizations, which together requested approximately $9.8 million. DEED said it selected 16 programs that “promote work readiness and skill development with an emphasis on serving youth from communities of color and youth with disabilities” to receive the grants.

The City of Minneapolis’ “Step-Up” program will receive a $550,000 Youth Workforce Development grant. The program is designed for young people in Minneapolis to find internships that fit their career interests, develop their skills, present them with professional connections, and provide career preparation.
The City of St. Paul’s Department of Parks and Recreation will receive a $450,000 grant for its “Youth Job Corps (YJC)” program. The YJC program provides young people in St. Paul with training, work, and career exploration opportunities and includes partnerships with 28 organizations throughout the metro area.
DEED is granting St. Louis Park-based Tree Trust $300,000 for its “Summer Youth Employment” program, which provides young people with paid summer work experience.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will receive a $200,000 grant for its “Teen Teamworks” program. That program’s primary focus is to provide young people with academic, social, judgment, and job skills.
Marshall-based Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council’sThe Young Adult Career Pathway” project and Monticello-based Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services (CMJTS) will each receive a $120,000 grant. The Young Adult Career Pathway project offers career and technical skills training with an emphasis on the health care industry. Meanwhile, CMJTS provides young people with summer work experience and education in high-demand occupations.
Hired, a Minneapolis-based organization whose “Youth Directions” project provides resources and training for young people out of foster care who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math careers, will receive a $115,000 grant.
Minneapolis-based YouthCARE Minnesota, and Goodwill/Easter Seals of Minnesota in St. Paul, will each receive a $100,000 grant. YouthCARE’s “Community Service Stars Program” provides young people with service-learning and work experience, as well as college and career exploration resources. Meanwhile, Goodwill/Easter Seals of Minnesota provides credentialed occupational training and education (including literacy and numeracy skills tests).
The following five organizations will each receive $80,000 grants:

  • St. Cloud-based Stearns Benton Employment and Training Council, which offers labor market information to young people through a career exploration curriculum and career planning course.


  • The City of Duluth’s Workforce Development organization, which provides employment training and summer work experience in Duluth’s health care, aviation, and education industries.


  • Thief River Falls-based Northwest Private Industry Council, which helps build technology skills and offers career training.


  • The St. Paul-based Science Museum of Minnesota, which provides science, technology, engineering, and math skills training.

  • Mankato-based collaboration South Central WorkForce Council/Minnesota Valley Action Council, which provides assessments in education, employment, transportation, housing, health, child care, and legal needs, as well as summer work experience.

The South Central WorkForce Council/Minnesota Valley Action Council will also receive a $50,000 grant for its joint effort to provide young adults with year-round work experience, career exploration, and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Click here for a detailed list of grant recipients.
In August, DEED selected 11 nonprofit groups that provide assistance to women, minorities, rural residents, bioscience startups, entrepreneurs, and inventors to receive $2.8 million in grants.
And earlier this summer, the agency also gave $838,390 in grants to aid laid-off Supervalu workers, while another $91,768 grant helped fund training for workers at a Duluth paper mill.