Play a role in supporting historically underserved youth realize their dreams of a brighter future through innovative career pathway, post-secondary programs and/or getting on the path to high wage careers by centering youth voice and power!
Organization and Position Goals
Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering low-income people to become self-reliant through integrated services. Our mission: PPL builds the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services. PPL began as an affordable housing developer in 1972, and has since become a robust multi-service agency that today serves more than 13,000 low-income people annually. PPL has had significant organizational transformations throughout our history. Response to community need is the root of these evolutions.
PPL’s LEAP program model brings together partners across multiple sectors—workforce development organizations, government, contract alternative schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, post-secondary education institutions, and the national Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program—to create a coordinated resource for youth to get to high school graduation and beyond. The population we serve are young people (ages 15-24) engaged in county systems (e.g. juvenile justice, homeless, welfare, foster care). Young people are predominantly persons of color (85%), with African Americans especially overrepresented. Additionally, nearly one-third of county-involved youth are classified as homeless at some point during their school years and the vast majority qualify for free and reduced priced lunch programs.
The Youth Engagement Facilitator will ensure that youth voice is central to the ongoing development of the program, as well as building leadership opportunities for youth in Alternative High Schools and Re-Engagement Centers. This role primarily works to build leadership skills and capacity in young people who are in the foster care system, in juvenile justice or are homeless/highly mobile
- Expand and tailor the Youth Governance structure to synthesize youth voice at both existing and new LEAP sites across Hennepin County. Ensure existing Youth Governing Board is able to sustain and grow to onboard new school sites.
- Align systems to better support youth employment, including signature events, HR practices and tools required to support pathways to youth employment. Work with Youth Governing Board to elevate youth decision making in key JAG events throughout the year and other critical opportunities for youth voice.
- Build organizational capacity to incorporate strategies of Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) for the large-scale implementation of Career Associations across all sites.
Additional C3 Benefits
- $300 of monthly housing support
- $50 monthly gas card or $95 monthly bus pass
- $400 professional development fund
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