Youth Services


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YouthBuild is a national organization which works to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of youth to rebuild their communities and their lives. There are more than 225 YouthBuild programs in the U.S. that have participated in building 17,000 units of affordable housing. This program is funded by the Department of Labor.


  • Ages 16–24
  • Not currently enrolled in school and interested in working towards your GED
  • Participate in job training
  • Classes are Monday–Friday from
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Call or text 612-424-1050
or complete the interest form.

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Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota serves youth, 14 years old and older, who have a barrier to independence or employment and/or a disability, by providing a variety of services to help make the transition from student to working adult.

  • Twin Cities: 651-379-5634
  • Mankato: 507-287-8699
  • St. Cloud & Elk River: 320-654-9527 ext. 108
  • Willmar: 320-214-9238 Press1

Retail Skills training

Retail Skills Training is an eight-week course designed to provide job skills for the retail industry. Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota provides individuals with an average 10 hours of paid training per week.

What to Expect

  • 160-hours course
  • Hands-on work experience at local retail businesses
  • Instructions in retail terminology, customer service, safety, cashiering, stocking, time management, communication skills, problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Guest speakers from within the retail industry
  • Financial literacy training
  • Employment readiness training - resume development, application preparation, interview skills, job search and retention skills training
  • Assistance with job placement and follow-up services for graduates
  • Support to achieve long-term career goals

For more information, call 651-255-4916.

Youth Heading Home

Employment services are provided at the Youth Opportunity Center which offers multiple on site services for youth experiencing homelessness. Individualized employment services, work experience, and training are offered with the goal of achieving housing stability.

Core Services

  • Placement/Retention/Advancement
  • Individualized Case Management
  • Community Resources

in partnership with

Link that takes you to the Adult Basic Education for Saint Paul Public Schools
Link that takes you to Habitat for Humanity's website.