Minnesota DEED provides grants for youth workforce programs
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has provided grants to local organizations and others across the state with youth programs.
BEMIDJI -- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is providing more than $150,000 to local organizations with youth workforce programs.
According to a release, DEED has awarded $3.8 million to 40 organizations across the state providing workforce development and training opportunities to young people. Metro area organizations are receiving 76% of the funds while those in Greater Minnesota are getting 22%. The remaining 2% is going to organizations serving both.
The programs selected are designed to support people of color, those with disabilities and economically disadvantaged individuals with good-paying jobs in high-growth industries. The two local entities receiving funds include:
- Evergreen Youth and Family Services, receiving $73,436. Evergreen's program will work closely with the YouthBuild program, which gives young people in the community an opportunity to construct new homes in the community.
- Greater Bemidji Economic Development, receiving $80,000. Greater Bemidji has a program where participants are offered an individual employment plan, including options to learn about work readiness, careers in high-demand occupations and technical training opportunities.
Additionally, Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Programs, or CEP, received $100,000. CEP has a career pathways program including career exploration, job search support, information on training programs, labor market education and connections to businesses.