Supporting Youth & Families

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  • Father Project serves low-income, primarily non-custodial fathers and offers parenting support, child support services, family activities, employment services and GED tutoring.  
  • IPS services provide tailored job placement, resume support and navigation to Olmsted County residents seeking treatment at Zumbro Valley Health Center.
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Employment services for Hennepin and Ramsey County residents in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) include resume and interview preparation, job search support and more:

  • Ramsey County’s “Families Achieving Success Together” (FAST) in Ramsey County supports lifelong learning and whole-family success using Individualized Placement and Support (IPS) and culturally specific approaches.
  • Hennepin County’s “Moving Forward” supports the employment goals and success of formerly incarcerated MFIP recipients.
  • Hennepin County’s “Stable Families” supports the employment goals of MFIP recipients who have resided in a homeless shelter multiple times in the past two years.

Call 651-379-5800

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During COVID-19, Youthbuild is still enrolling students. Call or text 612-424-1050.


GESMN serves youth ages 14 years or older, who have a barrier to employment with services, to help transition from student to working adult. Contact us today to get started:

Twin Cities: 651-379-5634
Mankato: 507-287-8699
St. Cloud & Elk River: 320-654-9527 ext. 108
Willmar: 320-214-9238 press 1


YouthBuild – one of 225 programs in the U.S. – offers hands-on, no cost construction training while earning a GED. Students get an allowance for participation and learn critical job skills to build a bright future.​​​​​​ 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 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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

 YouthBuild interest form

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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
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