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STEP-UP provided jobs for 1,800 youth in 2013, and has provided jobs for over 18,000 youth since 2004 through its three customizable program options: DISCOVER, EXPLORE, and ACHIEVE. The 2013 intern class was one of the most diverse groups of program participants to date with 92% youth of color, 17% born outside of the United States, and 15% youth with disabilities.

2014 STEP-UP Employer Brochure

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Foundational, entry-level jobs for youth with limited work experience designed to develop skills and explore interests in preparation for future positions with STEP-UP Achieve. Youth, ages 14-21, work in nonprofit organizations. Most STEP-UP Discover interns are ages 14 or 15. To host a STEP-UP Discover intern at your organization (with wages paid by STEP-UP), contact Tammy Dickinson at 612- 673-5041.  The deadline to be a 2014 STEP-UP Discover worksite has passed, please visit this page in December of 2014 for details on becoming a worksite in 2015.

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Specialized work and training opportunities serving targeted populations, including recent immigrants and young people with special needs. Youth, ages 14-21, work in nonprofit organizations and schools. Contact Tammy Dickinson at 612-673-5041 for more information. The 2014 Explore Partner Application has closed, please visit this page in December of 2014 for details on becoming a partner in 2015.

2015 STEP-UP Explore Agency Application

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Career-oriented jobs for the most prepared STEP-UP interns who are seeking a professional experience and more challenging opportunities. Youth, ages 16-21, work in private sector businesses, public agencies and nonprofits. The program is led by AchieveMpls. To hire a STEP-UP Achieve intern at your business, contact Jeremiah Brown at 612-455-1562.

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For questions, contact Tammy Dickinson at 612-673-5041.

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Last updated Dec 19, 2014