Youth employment & development program

To develop and nurture goals for academic success and career development in Minneapolis youth ages 14-21.  




  • Academic Success – We support youth to improve their attendance and performance in school, set goals for their future, and prepare for post-secondary education and training.

  • Employability and Job Skills Development – Participants learn important skills to help them find and keep jobs like: employer expectations and communication, time management, resume writing and interviewing, networking and on-line job searching.

  • Training, internship and volunteer opportunity linkages – We make connections between work skills trainings, internships and volunteer work, which helps youth gain on-the-job experience that will help them get a job.

  • Employment – Youth apply the skills and experience they gain to apply for jobs and get hired! Financial literacy skills like bank account management and expense budgeting carry with them after their experience.

Basic Information: 

  • Youth participate in group workshops, trainings and have one-on-one time with a job counselor.

  • Annually, 33 teens and young adults participate in this program, including 12 paid summer interns. For many of the summer interns, this is their first job experience.

  • The YED program is a partnership with the City of Minneapolis, and is funded through the Minneapolis Youth Works Program.

  • Contact Dayo Falade at (612) 787-4043 or for more information, or if you would like to volunteer. Volunteering could include mentoring a participant, helping with a job search or occupational skills training, etc.

* East Side Neighborhood Services also partners with the STEP-UP Discover & Explore programs to offer paid internships to teens and young adults between June and August. For more information please contact Caryn Olsen at


Helping individuals, strengthening families, building community
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East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Service Provider
1700 Second Street NE • Minneapolis, MN 55413 • 612-781-6011

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