Now accepting applications for STEP-UP summer youth employment

The City of Minneapolis youth employment program STEP-UP has begun accepting applications for 2017 summer internship placements. Eligible Minneapolis residents ages 14-21 who are interested in participating in the 2017 STEP-UP class have until Feb. 10 to complete an application online.

STEP-UP is one of the country’s premiere youth employment programs, serving Minneapolis youths who face some of the greatest barriers to employment. This includes youths from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, youths of color, youths from recent immigrant families, and youths with disabilities. In addition to summer jobs with more than 230 top Twin Cities companies, nonprofits and public agencies, STEP-UP offers work readiness training, advanced-level internships and industry-specific career opportunities that help interns integrate their career exposure with post-secondary education and career planning.

Before being placed in their internships, participants have work readiness training certified by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce that prepares them for a professional work environment. Returning interns receive advanced training that helps them deepen their professional skills. Throughout their internships, they gain valuable on-the job skills, make strong professional connections, and become exposed to careers they may have not otherwise accessed without STEP-UP.

Since the program was launched, it has provided more than 24,000 internship opportunities. In 2016, STEP-UP placed more than 1,600 Minneapolis youths in jobs with more than 220 businesses, public agencies and nonprofits. Youths represented 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 Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Project for Pride in Living.

To learn more about STEP-UP or apply online, visit the City of Minneapolis website. You can also follow STEP-UP on Twitter @STEPUPMpls or like it on Facebook.

Published Dec 9, 2016