Getting involved in your community, whether through work or other activities, can help you build a network of supports. It can also give you experience and skills to help support your post-high school plans. The resources below will help you find opportunities, but be sure to also check with your school counselor or caseworker about newer resources.
Summer/After School Jobs
Working after school or during the summer is not only a great way to earn extra money, but also important to learning skills and getting the experience for your post-high school plans. There are several resources within St. Paul dedicated to helping youth find internships and jobs that fit with their school schedules.
- GeneSys Works: GeneSys Works is a competitive program that trains high school students and then places them in paid corporate internships during their senior years of high school. Phone: (651) 789-0088
- Rock Your Block: Rock Your Block helps St. Paul teens find part-time and summer work in their communities.
- City of St. Paul: The city posts summer job opportunities for teens in the parks system. As summer approaches, check back regularly.
- Hired: Hired provides counseling to youth who face barriers to finding a job.
- Children's Law Center Employment Resources: A list of Twin Cities resources for youth in foster care who are looking for jobs.
- Job Application Tips for Teens: Resources for teens on job applications and interviews.
Summer and after-school activities can help teens make friends, release stress, and discover more about their talents and strengths.
Sprockets St. Paul: Sprockets is a network of summer and after-school programs for kids and teens in St. Paul. The site allows users to search by interest and location.
Volunteering is an excellent way to care for others in your community while gaining marketable experience for your post-high school plans.
Ramsey County Volunteer Opportunities: Contact information for agencies looking for youth volunteers.
YWCA of St. Paul: Numerous opportunities for volunteers, especially those wanting to work with kids.