The American Indian OIC (AIOIC) is excited to announce the launch of a new career services program for young people of American Indian descent. Native Youth Works, a program funded by the City of Minneapolis, helps Natives ages 14-21 explore future career interests through online programs, employment planning, and potentially paid internships.image003

The goal for Native Youth Works is to open doors for its participants in the areas of employment and education. Services are educationally focused and tailored to meet each participant’s distinct needs. Native Youth Works clients can get help developing a résumé, finding and applying for jobs, earning a GED, and completing a job training program. One of the most unique aspects of Native Youth Works is that clients can participate in paid internships, giving them practical, hands-on experience that can give a considerable edge in the future job market. The program can also help participants obtain various forms of identification and connect to resources that will help them overcome other barriers to employment. Fun incentives can also be earned by active participants.

To enroll in Native Youth Works, participants will complete an informal application and educational assessment. Youth will then begin working with the AIOIC’s Native Youth Works Coordinator to plan a path that will make the program most beneficial for them. Participants must be between the ages of 14-21, able to prove American Indian descent, reside in Minneapolis, and not currently involved in any other employment programs. For questions or to enroll, contact Don Clark, Native Youth Works Coordinator, at donc@aioic.org or 612.341.3358, x115.