Help Saint Paul youth get on the right track to a successful career.
As many studies have shown, there is a growing skills gap in Minnesota. With highly-skilled baby boomers leaving the workforce en masse over the next decade, we are faced with a next generation of workers that is less-prepared (and far more diverse) than ever before.
The City of Saint Paul, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, and Genesys Works invite you – the business community – to help our young people develop the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century workplace.
In 2013 the City of Saint Paul, along with Genesys Works, piloted a summer internship program to help Saint Paul young people develop the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace, while providing a pipeline of skilled workers for the business community. Twenty-one high school students worked for 14 employers, including:
||Saint Paul Public Works
|League of Minnesota Cities
||Ramsey County Attorney's Office
|Saint Paul City Council
||Saint Paul Fire Department
|Saint Paul Parks & Recreation
In partnership with the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, we want to grow the number of jobs available to youth this summer.
For $1,400 – the cost of employing one intern for the summer – your company makes a valuable investment in the future of a young person and in the future of the community’s workforce.
Listed below are some possible contributions a summer intern could make at your organization:
How it Works
|Archiving and filing
|Project management support
||Other entry-level office tasks
- The City of Saint Paul solicits applications from students entering 11th or 12th grade who have successfully completed at least one work experience.
- Employers identify paid summer internship opportunities.
- We match youth with these positions based on their interests and skill.
- Employers have the option to interview the youth applicant and make the final hiring decision.In partnership with Genesys Works, we provide ongoing training and support to the youth and employer from before the internship begins in June until it ends in August.
- Your business – in 2012, 97% of City of Saint Paul Youth Job Corps supervisors reported that the youth employees benefited their worksite, and 89% of supervisors indicated that the experience improved their management skills.
- Saint Paul youth – a meaningful summer job provides an invaluable experience and inspires the pursuit of a career and a higher education.
- Our community – employing Saint Paul youth is a valuable investment in the future of Saint Paul.
If you are interested in helping Saint Paul students get on the Right Track to a successful career, please complete and submit an interest form.
- Companies should provide employment for 6-10 weeks at 15-40 hours per week. The recommended standard is 8 weeks, 20 hours per week.
- Positions must pay at least $7.25 per hour. An 8-week, 20-hour per week internship at $7.50/hr costs $1,400 in wages and fringe for the summer. Youth are required to attend weekly 2-hour paid training sessions that cover topics such as professionalism, communication, and public speaking. The employer pays the wages for this developmental opportunity.
- Job sites must be located in Saint Paul or be easily accessible via transit. Youth will be provided with Metro Transit passes for the first month to get to and from work.
- Employment must occur between mid-June and August 2014.
If would like more information about the new Right Track program, please contact Catherine Penkert at 651-266-6422.
The Right Track program is sponsored by the City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, and Genesys Works.