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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Teen Job Fair

The third annual Minneapolis Teen Job Fair will take place on April 25, from noon–4pm at the Hennepin County Library. Teens 14 and up will have an opportunity to attend workshops, meet employers, and get information about jobs, volunteering and internships.

This event is sponsored by the Hennepin County Library, the City of Minneapolis Employment and Training Program, the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development, AchieveMpls and others. Contact Pat Behrend at 612-673-6220 for more information.


At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it gonna take place at Central library?

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Cam Gordon said...

Yes -- I am sorry I didn't make this clearer.

Here is a full press release:

News Release

Contact: Krista Bergert, City of Minneapolis, Communications, Community Planning & Economic Development, 612 673 5015 or by
cell, 612 360 8702; Carla Knutson Biermaier, Hennepin County Library Communications, 952-847-8593

City, County, and Community Partners Will Hold Teen Job Fair on April 25 at Central Library in Minneapolis

Opportunity for teens to connect with local employers on jobs and volunteer opportunities, gain job seeking skills, and explore careers

April 8, 2009 (MINNEAPOLIS, MN)—A Teen Job Fair for teens age 14 and up will be held on Saturday, April 25, noon-4 p.m. at Hennepin County Library - Central, 300 Nicollet Mall. At the job fair, teens can connect with local employers and explore job opportunities, meet representatives from job readiness and training programs, and learn about volunteer or educational opportunities that support job and career success.

The partnership of the City of Minneapolis, Department of Community Planning & Economic Development; Hennepin County Library; Minneapolis WorkForce Centers; AchieveMPLS; Mall of America; and UPS Store 5860 is working to help teens find employment this summer.

Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, 4th District, will kick off the Teen Job Fair at noon. KMOJ radio will broadcast live at the event noon-2 p.m., interviewing attendees and representatives.

"Our libraries are fantastic resource hubs for teens, with great materials, programs and services, including job search tools," said Commissioner McLaughlin. "The Teen Job Fair is a wonderful starting point for young adults to access these resources, whether they are just entering the workforce, searching for a new job or seeking career development resources."

Mayor R.T. Rybak said, “Part of helping prepare our youth for their future is helping them get work experience now. Connecting youth with work and volunteer opportunities, job readiness training, and career exploration is a great way to not only provide for our youths’ future but also better prepares the workforce of tomorrow we’ll all depend upon.”

Throughout the afternoon, a series of workshops will be offered, including:

Interviewing Skills
Job Hunting
Youth Today Q&A — a panel of teens talking about balancing work, school and life
Money Talks — more info available on this?
Families in the Know — how parents and caregivers can support teens at work
Q & A's With Adults in Cool Careers

To date, 24 businesses and organizations will participate in the job fair. Participants include Family & Children’s Services, Neighborhood Development Center (Business Resource Center), Printing Industry of Minnesota, UPS, Community Justice Partners/CJP Property Management LLC, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board: Teen Teamwork, Goodwill/Easter Seals MN, Minnesota Conservation Corps, American Indian OIC, Minneapolis Police Department, Bruegger's Bagels, Community Action of Minneapolis, New Millennium Academy, Long Tieng Academy, Employment Action Center, Statewide Limited Energy JATC, Tree Trust, Emerge – StreetWerks Youth Employment, Cookie Cart, Chipotle, Jimmy Johns, Americorps, Planned Parenthood of MN, ND, SD, Mall of America.

Businesses interested in participating in the fair can still register. Organizations that offer employment, internships and volunteer opportunities are welcome to participate. There is no charge. Please call Pat Behrend at 612-673-6220 to register.

Last year’s job fair drew more than 1000 teens and connected them with more than 35 businesses and organizations that provided jobs, volunteer opportunities or access to job readiness training programs.

For more information, call 612-630-6025, or go online, or


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