Klobuchar, Franken, Nolan Announce New Funding for Youth Workforce Development in Duluth

New Youthprise for Opportunity Reboot grant to SOAR Career Solutions in Duluth will help create career pathways for youth

This new funding was made possible by the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representative Rick Nolan, today announced new funding for youth workforce development in Duluth. This new Youthprise for Opportunity Reboot grant to SOAR Career Solutions in Duluth will help create career pathways for at-risk Minnesota youth. The funding was made possible by the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF).

“This new investment will help prepare at-risk Minnesota youth for career opportunities in high demand fields, creating jobs and boosting our state’s economy,” said Klobuchar. “Investing in our young people will put them on a pathway to success throughout their life.”

“Supporting career training opportunities for young Minnesotans will help put more kids on the right path and will go a long way towards filling open jobs in our state,” said Franken, a member of the Senate Education and Labor Committee. “These new resources will help prepare more of our young people for success.”

“This is wonderful news for our Duluth families who want nothing more than to see their children grow up to be successful, contributing members of our society,” Nolan said. “This investment in youth workforce development for at-risk youth will support our entire community by helping our next generation achieve their dreams and live up to their full potential.”

More information on the grant is below.

SOAR Career Solutions in Duluth: Three-year grant totaling $636,000 ($212,000 annually) is a partnership between SOAR, Life House, the Duluth Workforce Center, Adult Basic Education, ISD 709, Lake Superior College and Woodland Hills. This project will increase employment readiness skills for “Opportunity Youth” ages 16-24 through stabilization supports (i.e. mental health, chemical dependency health, housing, food, clothing), relationship building, career exploration services, work experiences, soft-skills training, self-awareness trainings, education and employment opportunities.