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Believing that youth are our future, YouthLEAD provides eligible youth with useful and necessary skill training and/or basic education and employment opportunities. The specific goal is to prepare youth for employment or post-secondary education following completion of a high school education or, for older youth, help them begin and maintain progress on a satisfying career track.

Priority for enrollment is determined on the basis of income.


Announcing YouthLEAD Summer Employment

June 16 to August 13, 2014

YouthLEAD promotes employment and training opportunities for youth through a summer employment program that focuses on work experience, career exploration, job readiness, and personal responsibility.

For Employers - Free Summer Help

YouthLEAD is looking for businesses to supervisor youth and provide them with a meaningful work experience. Give youth a chance for a brighter future this summer and help build Ramsey County's future workforce. Click here for more information.

For Youth - See Yourself in a Job this Summer

What do you get? You will earn money by working and learn workplace and job search skills. To qualify you must be 14 to 21 years old, live in Suburban Ramsey County and be low-income.  Click here for more information.

YouthLEAD will be accepting applications from February 17 to March 17. Click here to download the Summer Employment Application.


If you are a City of Saint Paul resident, click here for information on summer job opportunities available through Right Track.


Services Available Year Round

YouthLEAD can provide such services as a positive work experience, development of career goals, exploration of post-secondary options, personalized Lifework Portfolio, a mentor, leadership development opportunities, and academic help.

YouthLEAD Brochure

YouthLEAD Application (Complete for YouthLEAD, Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and Minnesota Youth Program (MYP) Year-Round Programs)

YouthLEAD Newsletters - for youth and written by youth in the YouthLEAD program.

March 2012

August 2011

July 2011

September 2009

May 2009

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Resource Links

Click on the links below for additional information on youth programming both locally and nationwide.

America’s Career InfoNet
America’s Job Bank
America’s Talent Bank

Building Lives Video

Career Profiles


Child Labor Laws


Connecting Youth to Communities and Careers

Higher Salary

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Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Minnesota WorkForce Center

Minnesota Unemployed


National Youth Employment Coalition

Online Schools in Florida
U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training