Multicultural Youth Employment Program

by Beasy McGlothlin | Aug 23, 2010
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Summary:

YouthCARE’s Multicultural Youth Employment Program provides 50 St. Paul and Minneapolis youth, 14-21 years old, with rewarding and challenging jobs. The program addresses racism, ignorance, and prejudice by providing opportunities for youth of color to bridge racial, cultural, and socio-economic gaps through teamwork, meaningful jobs, community service and multicultural activities that promote respect for self and others. By involving youth in activities and hands-on service learning opportunities that demand collaboration across cultures, they not only learn to work as a team with those who are different from themselves, but they also experience success in aiding their communities. Ultimately, youth who participate in the Multicultural Youth Employment Program are better prepared to enter a multicultural workforce and society.

The Multicultural Youth Employment Program helps mitigate the effects of racism by:
1. Providing opportunities for youth of color to work with a diverse group of people to break down racial barriers and stereotypes by focusing on cooperation and appreciation of cultural differences.
2. Providing opportunities for youth of color to take on positions of leadership and greater responsibility within their schools and communities.
3. Empowering youth of color to feel pride in their culture and background and to respect themselves and others.

About You

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About You

First Name

Craig

Last Name

Luedemann

Title

Executive Director

Organization

YouthCARE

Country

United States, MN, Hennepin County

About Your Organization

Organization Name

YouthCARE

Organization Email

None

Organization Website

Organization Phone

612/338-1233

Organization Address

2701 University Avenue SE, Suite 205

Organization City

Minneapolis

Organization Zipcode

55414

Brief description of your organization

YouthCARE is a Twin Cities based nonprofit organization with a successful 35-year history of providing multicultural youth development services for youth, 7-18 years old. YouthCARE’s goal is to provide programs that help youth learn leadership and self-sufficiency skills while simultaneously promoting intercultural dialogue and breaking down racial and social barriers.

Organization Country

United States, MN, Hennepin County

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Your idea

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Name your project

Multicultural Youth Employment Program

Country your work focuses on

United States, MN, Ramsey County

Describe your project. Explain the extent to which it mitigates the effects of racism

YouthCARE’s Multicultural Youth Employment Program provides 50 St. Paul and Minneapolis youth, 14-21 years old, with rewarding and challenging jobs. The program addresses racism, ignorance, and prejudice by providing opportunities for youth of color to bridge racial, cultural, and socio-economic gaps through teamwork, meaningful jobs, community service and multicultural activities that promote respect for self and others. By involving youth in activities and hands-on service learning opportunities that demand collaboration across cultures, they not only learn to work as a team with those who are different from themselves, but they also experience success in aiding their communities. Ultimately, youth who participate in the Multicultural Youth Employment Program are better prepared to enter a multicultural workforce and society.
The Multicultural Youth Employment Program helps mitigate the effects of racism by:
1. Providing opportunities for youth of color to work with a diverse group of people to break down racial barriers and stereotypes by focusing on cooperation and appreciation of cultural differences.
2. Providing opportunities for youth of color to take on positions of leadership and greater responsibility within their schools and communities.
3. Empowering youth of color to feel pride in their culture and background and to respect themselves and others.

Project starting date

January 1, 2011

Project ending date

December 31, 2011

Total project budget - required field

$271,090

Innovation

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What makes your project unique?

There are a variety of organizations actively engaged in providing youth development programs and services, however; YouthCARE is different and unique in that our youth development programs and services also include employment opportunities. YouthCARE’s Multicultural Youth Employment Program provides 50 youth, 14-19 years old, with meaningful, rewarding and challenging jobs that allow them to develop employment readiness, leadership, decision making, cultural competency and self-sufficiency skills. This unique program has been found to have a variety of positive outcomes for youth including;
* Improvement in academic learning and increased problem-solving ability.
* A positive influence on social development and maturity.
* Enhanced psychological development (ex. self-esteem, ego development, self-efficacy).
* Growth in leadership and employment readiness skills.
* Significant changes in educational attainment (ex. higher graduation rate, career aspirations).
* Ability to make responsible, sound and healthy lifestyle choices.
* Increased involvement within their community – working to improve and positively impact the community.

By providing positive opportunities for Twin Cities’ youth to be leaders in their communities and to work together for the greater good, YouthCARE empowers youth of color to feel pride in their culture, to trust themselves and others, and to work toward greater cultural appreciation and racial equality.

Impact

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Tell us about the social impact of your project as it relates to ONE of these three areas: Education, Employment or Housing

Recent research has found that “today, young people have relatively fewer employment opportunities and minority youth face employment rates as much as thirty percent lower than their white peers. Resultantly, youth job training programs have become increasingly more important as the structure of the youth employment market is changing. YouthCARE’s Multicultural Youth Employment Program provides opportunities for youth to learn and develop soft skills including a strong work ethic, self-respect, reliability, intercultural communication and conflict resolution. By providing youth with work-based learning opportunities that emphasize employment readiness, leadership development, self-advocacy, multiculturalism and respect for one’s self and others, YouthCARE addresses fundamental needs in the St. Paul and Minneapolis community. Through on-the-job (learn-by doing) opportunities, youth develop the skills they need to succeed in a multicultural community and workplace and to make a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood. Studies have shown that youth who are actively engaged in work-based learning opportunities become educated, motivated and successful societal members and confident leaders within their community and the workplace. Moreover, early work-based learning opportunities have been proven to produce a variety of outcomes that positively impact society including; increased education and employment attainment, self-efficacy, and self-sufficiency.

List any specific activities associated with the project and a timeline for the activities

During the period of January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011, youth involved in YouthCARE’s Multicultural Youth Employment Program will participate in the following multicultural based activities:
* Diversity Workshops – youth from diverse backgrounds will have the opportunity to learn about other races and cultures. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore and discuss racial stereotyping, discrimination, and the impact those issues have on their ability to thrive and succeed as self-sufficient adults.
*Racial Success Workshop – youth from diverse backgrounds will have the opportunity to research, explore, and experience the steps they can take to overcome and/or eliminate racial and economic barriers – ultimately achieving academic, social and economic success.
* Multicultural Day – youth from diverse backgrounds will have the opportunity to learn about cultural differences and similarities, share and taste ethnic foods, and engage in multicultural games and activities.

Please summarize the involvement of people of color in the decision-making of your project

YothCARE's Multicultural Youth Employment Program empowers youth from diverse backgrounds to be in charge of decision making and to take on increasing levels of responsibility throughout their employment experience. Youth participants are actively involved in planning and organizing, implementing and evaluating activities and training opportunities during their year-long employment experience. At the conclusion of each program activity, youth meet with adult staff to evaluate and discuss successes, concerns, program opportunities/enhancements, and to recommend future activities. YouthCARE’s goal is to instill a sense of ownership in youth, for their decisions and actions, their futures, and for their communities.

Please list which communities of color your project will involve and/or impact

This project provides jobs for St. Paul and Minneapolis youth from low-income families and from diverse ethnic, cultural and racial backgrounds. Ninety-five percent (95%) of the youth involved are youth of color: African - 11%, African American – 42%, Asian American – 31%, Chicano/Latino – 3%, European American – 5%, and Native American – 8%.

What age group will your project impact?

Teens/adolescents (13-19 years).

Which gender(s) will your project focus on?

Male, Female.

What geographic area(s) will your project affect?

Twin Cities Metro Area (specify below).

If you selected either Twin Cities Metro Area or Other above, please specify or identify the area

St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Sustainability

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for more than 5 years

If your project is a collaborative effort, please list the other organizations involved

YouthCARE has deep roots within the Twin Cities and works in cooperation with a variety of community partners to deliver more effective and efficient youth development services, to further extend our reach and leverage our existing resources, and to reach more youth in delivering the services they want, need and deserve.

Our most important community partners include the McDonough Community in St. Paul, St. Paul Public Housing, City of Minneapolis Employment and Training Program, Little Earth of United Tribes, Luxton Park/Glendale Community, Youth Work Institute, University of Minnesota, Tree Trust, and Project for Pride in Living.

Who or what is expected to change as a result of your project?

By employing youth in challenging jobs, youth will develop the cultural competency and employment skills needed to live and work in a diverse workplace and community. By engaging youth in multicultural activities, youth will learn to respect and appreciate cultural differences and similarities ultimately breaking down racial and social barriers.

What information will you provide in the final report to demonstrate the achievement of your results?

YouthCARE will highlight the program activities and trainings conducted during the year that lead to achieving program goals and objectives. We will also report on the following service statistics: number of participants, demographic data – participant gender, ethnicity, age and geographic location, and the number of activities and services provided.

What methods will be used to gather the information?

At the conclusion of the program year, program staff conduct a year-end internal evaluation of the program using results from evaluation surveys and assessment tools, service statistics, and feedback from youth participants to determine program achievements, strengths, weaknesses and future opportunities.

What do you hope to learn about racism and its impact?

Through observation and feedback, we hope to learn that youth involved in its Multicultural Youth Employment Program gained an understanding, appreciation and respect of cultural differences and similarities, were able to break down social and racial barriers, and developed the skills needed to succeed in a multicultural workplace and community.

What percentage do people of color comprise your board of directors?

Fifty percent (50%) of YouthCARE’s Board of Directors are people of color.

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Funding sources: Please check all that apply

Individual donations, In-kind donations, Foundations, Businesses, Local government, State government, Federal government.

Other

In submitting this application, the applicant agrees to the following (check all boxes)

The applicant will spend the money solely for the purpose stated in the grant award and will return the unexpended portion of the funds, if any. In addition, the applicant will provide an interim and/or final report, as required., The applicant realizes that payment of funds will be at the convenience of the Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to cancel the grant and/or modify previously agreed-upon payments should such actions be deemed necessary by the Foundation., The applicant understands that the Foundation may review any or all information submitted as part of this request with advisors of the Foundation’s choosing, if deemed necessary by the Foundation., The applicant intends to comply with the terms of the Minnesota Charitable Solicitation Act (MS §309), if applicable..

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