Free Programs & Services for Youth

Counseling & Support

HIRED provides youth and young adults with the counseling and support often needed to land a first job or to think through career choices.

Team members work closely with schools and social service agencies to help youth obtain their high school diploma, pursue higher education, and develop the work habits and job search skills necessary to find and hold a job.

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Free Education & Training

HIRED provides educational and employment-related assistance to low-income youth and young adults in the City of Minneapolis and throughout Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota Counties.

Training Options

Youth Eligibility

Youth and young adults must be at or below a certain income level, be between the ages of 14-24, and meet one or more of the following criteria: homeless, foster care, offender, disabled, basic skills deficient, pregnant or parenting. Additional eligibility criteria may apply.

Services for Young Adults

  • Educational Assistance: Primary focus on support for high school or GED completion, followed by post-secondary exploration, planning and enrollment.
  • Workplace Readiness and Job Placement: Intensive, one-to-one instruction on workplace skills and all tasks involved in the job search process.
  • Internships: Placement into subsidized work experience opportunities that align with their long-term career goals.
  • Wraparound Support Services: Financial assistance related to job search and education such as transportation and interview clothing.

Programs for Young Adults

  • Minneapolis Program
  • Dakota County Program
  • Foster Care & Homeless Youth
  • Boys Totem Town

To learn more about free programs and services for young adults, please contact Jan West.

Jan West

Thank you to our Partners and Supporters

These programs are supported by:

  • City of Minneapolis
  • Dakota County using Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) federal funds
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs
  • Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation
  • Ecolab Foundation
  • Pohlad Family Foundation
  • Riverway Foundation
  • United Way