Recovery funding creates 500 jobs for youth in Minneapolis

Minneapolis has been awarded more than $1.6 million as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) toward providing employment opportunities for youth. The City of Minneapolis offers valuable summer employment experiences for Minneapolis youth through its partner agencies. The 2009 ARRA dollars will enhance the City's ongoing programming efforts by providing approximately 500 more summer jobs for youth.

A total of 2,300 youth will be employed through City youth employment programs this summer. The program will create jobs for youths aged 14-24, with an emphasis on summer employment. Local organizations will ensure that critical work-readiness skills training will be provided to participating youth prior to the start of their job and continuing throughout their employment.

The City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) department is posting its list of participating agencies in the Department of Labor’s Youth Employment Training program. The Minneapolis Employment Training Program (METP) is managed through CPED, and will administer the program with partner agencies citywide. In addition to Youth Training, additional monies were received for Adult and Dislocated Worker Training.

These summer jobs provide valuable training and work experiences that prepare youth for success in their future careers. The participating agencies were selected from a list generated through a request for proposals released March 13, 2009. The agencies involved will provide youth employment services during one of three service periods; summer of 2009, summer of 2009 with employment through May 31, 2010, and beginning September 1, 2009 through May 31, 2010.

For more information, contact the list of partner agencies .

June 11, 2009

Published Jun. 5, 2009