Minnesota Youth Program


The Minnesota Youth Program provides short-term employment and training services to low-income and at-risk youth ages 14 to 21 who lack the academic and applied skills considered critical in the workplace.

A Focus on Work Readiness and Experience
The top predictor of future success in the workplace is early exposure to work experience.

Work readiness training focuses on the basics that employers expect: attendance, punctuality, teamwork, communication skills, and problem-solving. Training sessions are interactive.

The program provides youth with hands-on opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom, including:

  • Inquiry: Fostering a curiosity and desire in youth to develop new skills.
  • Technology: Exploring and becoming familiar with current technologies.
  • Science, Engineering and Math Skills: Practicing vital skills to enhance mastery.
  • Decision-Making and Daily Living: Learning important time management skills and practicing decision-making.
  • Interaction With Others: Working with diverse groups of people and teaching them how to work together to reach goals.
  • Positive Attitudes and Behaviors: Teaching young people about the importance of attitude in the workforce, about being on time, and having the confidence to solve problems.

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Child Labor Laws

Federal and state child labor laws exist to protect the health, safety, well-being and education of youth. Learn more at the U.S. Department of Labor and the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.


For more information, contact:

Kay Tracy
Fax: 651-215-3842 
Email: Kay.Tracy@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
First National Bank Building, Suite E200
332 Minnesota Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101