Youth Business Mentoring Program
Common Wealth Development's Youth Business Mentoring Program (YBMP)
The program provides teens with the following:
- A 2-week training that covers pre-employment and financial literacy skill development
- Wrap-around mentoring support from both Common Wealth Development Youth Workforce staff and supportive workplace managers
- A guaranteed job placement (pending successful completion of two-week training, regular communication with mentor, and show proof of eligibility to work)
Summer 2023 Program Applications
Applications will be considered complete with the submission of both a STUDENT and PARENT/GUARDIAN application.
Intake and Training
After submission, one of the facilitators will be in touch to discuss next steps. If accepted, an intake prior to training will be scheduled at that time.
The Summer 2023 training will be held Monday through Friday, July 24th- August 4th, from 1:00-2:30pm at the Pinney Branch Library on Cottage Grove Road.
Upon program completion, each student will be paired with a mentor who will meet with them to discuss their goals for working and what they’d like to pursue for employment. CWD will serve as a reference for students and assist them in getting hired at a part-time job, and then work with them to ensure it’s a successful placement. Common Wealth Staff can also enroll students in Work Based Learning with the job they secure in this program to earn elective credits through MMSD's Experiential Learning Program. Contact Ashley Hoeft, Youth Employment Specialist, or Sam Heim, Youth Employment Coordinator, with questions.