The Green Jobs Pathway serves 60 disconnected Indian youth per year. They participate in three cohorts—summer, fall, and spring—to receive education, training, supports, and experiences needed to prepare them to become financially independent, self-determining adults. The project utilizes the Back On Track model developed by Jobs for the Future and since adopted by several other pathway initiatives.
The pathway includes a 10-week Indigenous Stewardship Institute that educates and exposes young people to careers in the renewable energy field including wind, water, and solar energy; provides academic support and connects them with PSEO during the school year; paid internships in green jobs; and follows them and supports them through their first year of post-secondary education.
The Back On Track model is demonstrating early indications of success in reclaiming dropouts and youth at risk of dropping out and significantly improving their retention, high school graduation rates, and postsecondary enrollment. The model is also highly adaptable and aligned with the strategies MIGIZI has employed for many years in its work with disconnected American Indian youth.
The primary outcome of the Green Jobs Pathway is to increase the percentage of American Indian young people able to complete high school, succeed in postsecondary programs, and secure living wage jobs as they build a career in the Green Economy.
Through our connections with Minneapolis Public Schools, local community organizations, and our sponsors, Youthprise and the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund, we continue to be successful and grow with this program.