Youth and Young Parents Services
All of EAC’s youth and young parent programs place a strong emphasis on academic, career, employment, and family success. They create strong partnerships between EAC, educational institutions, and employers. EAC’s Youth and Young Parents programs give attention to the specific needs of youth ages 11 – 21 and young parents ages 15 – 29. Services include assistance with education, jobs and a wide range of supports to help young parents and their children survive and thrive.
Youth and Young Parent programs are:
• Bright Futures: Helps teen mothers aged 16 – 19 who have dropped out of school to finish their education, learn about careers, and strengthen parenting skills. Available to Hennepin County residents. Eligibility: You must be a 16 – 19 year old mother or mother-to-be and have the willingness to learn more about parenting and graduating from high school.
• Girls CARE: Provides services for girls 14 – 18 years old who have had contact with the juvenile justice system. The program helps them re-integrate into the community, complete their education, and obtain employment. Eligibility: You must be a female between the ages of 14 and 18 years of age and have had involvement with the criminal juvenile justice system at some point and would like help staying out of trouble and getting a job.
• First Opportunity: This year-round program helps youth at Folwell Middle School in Minneapolis to stay in school, develop leadership and other vital skills, and begin exploring post-secondary education and career options. Eligibility: You must be attending Folwell Middle School in Minneapolis.
• Fresh Start: Helps youth aged 14 – 21 who have had contact with the juvenile justice system or are at high risk for such involvement. The program helps youth achieve their educational and employment goals and ensures a successful transition back to the community. Eligibility: You must be between the ages of 11 and 17 years old.
• Harrison Neighborhood Youth Employment and Training Program: Supports youth in the Harrison Neighborhood in north Minneapolis to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become self-sufficient adults and responsible citizens. Eligibility: You must live in the North Minneapolis and be between the ages of 14 and 21 years old.
• New Chance: Provides young mothers on MFIP with education and employment, life skills and parenting services to improve their family stability and self-sufficiency. Eligibility: You must be enrolled in MFIP/Welfare-to-Work through Hennepin County and be between the ages of 18 and 26 years old.
• Young Dads: Helps connect young, single fathers with their children through a holistic range of education, employment, parenting and life skills services. Eligibility: You must be a father or father-to-be having or be seeking contact with your child(ren) in Hennepin or Ramsey county.
• Youth Futures: Provides comprehensive school-to-career services for youth ages 14 – 21 who live in Minneapolis. Eligibility: You must live in the City of Minneapolis and be between the ages of 14 and 21 years old.
• YouthLEAD: Provides comprehensive school-to-career services for youth ages 14 – 21 who live in Ramsey County. Eligibility: You must live in Ramsey County and be between the ages of 14 and 21 years old.
Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Greater Twin Cities Area of Minnesota