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Help build a diverse talent pipeline of work-ready, skilled youth who will become our future workforce

Mayor Chris Coleman, the City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Public Schools, and the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce invite you to become a partner in the Right Track Initiative by hiring youth for summer internships.

Partnering in the Right Track initiative allows Saint Paul employers to:
  • Gain access to a diverse talent pipeline of work-ready, skilled youth.
  • Support Saint Paul’s economic growth.
  • Enhance your competitive advantage by having early access to an untapped talent pool.

Read case studies from Ecolab / Xcel Energy and the Met Council / City of Saint Paul Public Works to learn more

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Youth Employment Matters

Saint Paul's workforce is changing. Future workers will need to be more efficient and innovative than ever before.

Disparities also threaten our competitive advantage. The Twin Cities have among the nation's highest racial gaps in employment. In 2012, Saint Paul's teen unemployment rate was 32 percent. We need to take action today for a stronger workforce tomorrow.

Listed below are some possible contributions a summer intern could make at your organization: 
Archiving and filing Data management Mailing correspondence
Event planning A/v setup Shipping, break/fix
Project management support Research Database cleaning
Compliance management Other entry-level office tasks

How it Works
  • The City of Saint Paul recruits youth from low-income households who are entering 11th or 12th grade and have successfully held at least one job or have a strong teacher or counselor recommendation. 
  • Employers identify paid summer internship opportunities. 
  • We match youth with employers based on interests, skills and needs. 
  • We provide training and support for youth throughout the summer, including orientation and weekly coaching sessions on basic computer proficiency and essential workplace skills. 
  • Supervisors receive a useful skills assessment framework and help resolving any workplace issues that arise.

Employment Details
  • Companies provide employment for 6-10 weeks at 15-40 hours/week. The recommended length is 8 weeks, 20 hours/week.
  • Positions must pay at least $7.25/hour. An 8-week, 20 hour/week internship at $7.50/hour equates to $1,400 in wages and fringe.
  • Internships must be located in Saint Paul or easily accessible via transit. Youth will be provided Metro Transit passes to get to and from work for the first month of employment. 
  • Employment must occur between June 16 and August 22, 2014.

Committed Employers for 2014 Include:
Ecolab Genesys Works
US Bank League of Minnesota Cities
Metropolitan Council Travelers
City of Saint Paul Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
Xcel Energy McGough Construction

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. 
If would like more information about the Right Track initiative, please contact 
Catherine Penkert at 651-266-6422.
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