Minnesota Youth Program
The Minnesota Youth Program provides short-term employment and training services to low-income and at-risk youth ages 14–24 who lack the academic and applied skills considered critical in the workplace.
Preparing youth for the workplace
According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, research has shown that the number one predictor of future success in the workforce is early exposure to work experience. Work readiness training is focused on employer-driven behaviors such as attendance, punctuality, teamwork, communication skills and problem-solving and is delivered in an interactive manner.
Work experience for teens is important
- Contextual/hands-on learning improves student's grades, attendance and graduation rates.
- Young people who have an opportunity to gain work experience as teens are more likely to stay in school, avoid involvement in crime, gang behavior and drugs, and unwanted pregnancies.
- Teen employment contributes to significantly higher wages as young adults enter their 20s.
- Teens in low-income families have the least access to jobs — especially jobs that combine part-time work and school.
For more information, go to Minnesota Youth Program webpage.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Young Adult Program
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act provides out-of-school youth between the ages of 16–24 and in-school youth between the ages of 14– 21 with year-round employment and training services through the WIOA Young Adult Program.
More youth resources
CareerForce is a resource for all job seekers (including youth) in Minnesota. Jump-start your first career, learn how to write a resume, interview, search for jobs, and more.
Traitify is a visual personality assessment tool that recommends careers, jobs and education based on personality and preference data. Users advance through a short series of images answering “Me" or “Not Me" to generate individualized results in 90 seconds.
Career and Education Explorer allows students and others interested in a certain field to review related job descriptions, job titles, wages, hiring demand, and top industries.
My Next Move is an online tool for students and job seekers who may not be sure about what type of job they are interested in.
ONET Online allows you to search occupations by key word, phrase or title.
Careerwise provides five free, quick assessments to help you determine what careers you may be suited for based on your personality and your skillset.
CareerOneStop offers a Career Skills Profiler to help you learn about careers that might be a good fit for you.
CareerOneStop Skills Matcher rates your skill level based on 40 key workplace talents.