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Green Jobs Pathway

The Green Jobs Pathway serves 60 disconnected American Indian young adults 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.

Program Summary

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.

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Green Jobs Internship

Green Jobs Pathway is seeking those who are between the ages of 17-24 and have not completed high school, not have obtained a GED, or have your high school diploma/GED and are not in postsecondary for an internship spanning 10 weeks where participants will be acquiring valuable green-sector experiences and much more! More information is provided in the flyer below.

If there are any questions or interests, please contact us at:
John Hunter – 612.721.6631 ext. 203
Tedi Grey Owl – 612.559.2732

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