Step Up Work Readiness Trainer (for ages 14-15)

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About Step Up:

The Step Up Youth Employment Program prepares today’s youth for tomorrow’s careers by recruiting, training and placing nearly 1,400 young people (ages 14-21) in paid internships each year with over 200 regional employers [from Fortune 500 companies and small businesses, to public agencies and nonprofits]. As one of the nation’s leading youth employment programs, Step Up leverages a collective of more than 200 partners spanning 15 industries and multiple sectors. Step Up has provided over 28,000 internships since 2003, yielding a competitive talent pipeline, a stronger economy and millions of dollars in wages for Step Up interns. Step Up is a partnership of the City of Minneapolis, AchieveMpls, CareerForce Minneapolis and Project for Pride in Living. 


Position Overview:

The Step Up Work Readiness Trainer leads a classroom of 25+ young people (ages 14-15) and teaches them the skills they need to be successful in their Step Up summer internships. Guided by the Step Up work readiness curriculum, trainers must exemplify professionalism, be effective and engaging presenters, and offer concrete, personal examples of workplace behaviors. Trainers also assess and document participation for each trainee in their class. This is a part-time, short-term position that requires a valid teacher’s license.

The City of Minneapolis partners with AchieveMpls and Project for Pride in Living to deliver the work readiness training required for Step Up internships.  The Step Up curriculum is aligned with the Minneapolis Public Schools career readiness seminar so that Step Up interns can earn high school credit for their training.



Required half-day trainer orientation from 8:00am -12:00pm at Minneapolis College:

  • Saturday, February 22


Teach five full-days of training (7:30am – 4:00pm) at Minneapolis College on the following dates:

  • Saturday, February 29
  • Saturday, March 7
  • Saturday, March 14
  • Friday, March 27 (optional- 4 trainers needed)
  • Saturday, March 28
  • Saturday, April 4 (Weather make up day)

The Trainer will also have the opportunity to lead a professional development day for Step Up interns in the summer of 2020. More information will be available after completion of the spring training.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Enthusiastically deliver Step Up work readiness curriculum
  • Create an environment in which young people are comfortable learning and working together
  • Assess and document participation for each trainee
  • Assist trainees in preparing for job interviews
  • Be present for every training session, as listed above
  • Attend trainer orientation on Saturday, February 22

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Valid Minnesota teaching license
  • Excellent teaching or training skills
  • 1-2 years professional experience
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to model professionalism to young trainees
  • Desire to work with and motivate Minneapolis youth
  • Ability to command the attention of a group of young people
  • A flexible, positive attitude
  • A strong commitment to youth development

Wage: $23/hour


To Apply:

This is a part-time, short-term position. Please submit cover letter and application by January 8, 2020.


This position is being hired by Project for Pride in Living in collaboration with AchieveMpls.


About Project for Pride in Living

Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering low-income people to become self-reliant through integrated services. We are eager to welcome others to our team who are dedicated to serving our mission to build the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services. In addition to being a training partner to the City of Minneapolis Step Up program, PPL administers contract alternative schools with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS).  


About AchieveMpls

As the strategic nonprofit partner of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), we rally community support to inspire and equip students for careers, college and life. Our vision is that all young people have full access to educational and career opportunities, resulting in a more equitable and vibrant community. Each year we manage Career & College Centers in 15 MPS and Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) high schools, collaborate with our partners to train and place 1,400 Minneapolis youth in paid internships through the Step Up Youth Employment Program, engage hundreds of volunteers as career exploration volunteers, raise support for MPS strategic priorities, and administer MPS school funds and scholarships.

Project for Pride in Living and AchieveMpls are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers



Location: Minneapolis, MN
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