Recovery funding helps put young people to work as youth start summer jobs

Mayor R.T. Rybak hosted an official "send off" at Minneapolis City Hall on Monday, June 15 for hundreds of Minneapolis students starting the first day of their summer jobs. More than 1,300 youth, ages 14-21, will begin work at jobs developed through the City's STEP-UP youth employment program with 172 employers in the city.  

In all, City jobs programs will employ more than 2,300 youth this summer, thanks to an additional Minneapolis investment of $1.6 million, which was awarded to the city through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). That funding was provided to create employment opportunities for youth. The ARRA dollars will enhance the City's ongoing programming efforts by providing approximately 500 more summer jobs for youth through the Minneapolis Employment Training Program (METP), a component of the City's Community Planning and Economic Development Department. In addition to Youth Training, additional funds were received for Adult and Dislocated Worker Training.

STEP-UP is the City's largest youth job training program. In addition to landing a summer job, youth in STEP-UP also receive job training and life skills development to help them get on track for their future. STEP-UP is a central component of The Minneapolis Promise, a cluster of public-private initiatives to help students get on the path to success.

June 15, 2009

Published Jun 15, 2009