West Broadway organizations employ 400 North Minneapolis youth this summer

west-broadway logoNorth Minneapolis is home to the highest concentration of people under the age of 20 in all of Minneapolis.

Nonprofits based on West Broadway Avenue, the Northside’s primary business district, are working to employ teens for the summer that will hopefully lead to successful careers and lives year round.

“We offer jobs to youth who want to work but may not get the opportunity otherwise,” said Renisha Gray, youth programs manager at EMERGE. “Youth are our future and it’s so important for them to start exploring their careers now. It is rewarding to know that our summer programs help youth become productive and positive emerging leaders in the community,”

Paid employment opportunities exists at several locations along West Broadway including
Cookie Cart, 1119 West Broadway Ave., Juxtaposition Arts, 2007 Emerson Ave. N. and 1108 West Broadway Ave., EMERGE Community Development, 1101 West Broadway Ave., Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON), 1011 West Broadway Ave., West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC), 1011 West Broadway Ave., Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), 2123 West Broadway Ave. and Capri Theater and Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC), 2027 West Broadway Ave.

This year, Cookie Cart will engage 200 teens in 30,000 paid hours of hands-on work and classroom training. Juxtaposition employs 70 youth annually, and trains dozens more. Juxtaposition works with youth as young as eight years old all the way up to 21 years of age, teaching various visual arts including graphic design, textiles and screen printing, environmental design and contemporary art. Through the JXTALab apprentice program, young creatives work with real clients to build their resumes, develop their artistic portfolios and are mentored to apply to college, start their own business or find work in a creative field.

EMERGE offers employment opportunities for 200 youth each year. This summer 10 youth, ages 16 -21, will have a chance to start their own businesses through a new EMERGE/NEON youth entrepreneurship project. Through the partnership, EMERGE and NEON aim to expose youth to entrepreneurship as a viable career option and create opportunities for youth to increase problem solving and innovation development skills. Their Link Housing program for formerly homeless elementary-age youth will also be offering all day programming for 25 youth.

Through the West Broadway Farmers Market, the WBC employs two Northside Step Up interns and two North 4 interns to assist with market logistics and engage members of the market community.

Five hundred NAZ kids pre-K through 8th grade students will attend summer academic programs at five partner sites throughout north Minneapolis. All 500 kids will show off their academic progress during a stage show at FLOW Northside Arts Crawl on Friday, July 24.

The Capri Theater and Plymouth Christian Youth Center PCYC have three summer programs for youth including a middle school arts camp for 25 students who have just completed grades 5 – 8, Theater from the Ground Up, where participants will produce a full scale stage production and finally, the PCYC Drop-in Summer Fun at Cleveland Park.

July 16, 2015
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