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Earn & Learn

Across our nation, youth unemployment continues to challenge growth in our economy. Young people struggle with unemployment due to a combination of lack of work experience, lack of education credentials, intense competition for available jobs and lack of guidance.

To address these challenges, Mayor Barrett has made youth employment a signature priority since he took office in 2004. He believes adults have a moral obligation to create hope in the lives of young people in Milwaukee. The Mayor’s Earn & Learn Program tackles the problem of youth unemployment on all fronts by addressing jobs for youth as an economic development strategy, a talent development strategy and a basic counteraction to keeping our young people on the right track and giving them spending power.

The Earn & Learn program shows young people that there are employment opportunities in our City and that hard work really does result in a well-deserved paycheck. Participants gain real-world experience that will make them the educated and trained workforce Milwaukee needs in the future.

Earn & Learn addresses these challenges through three components:

  • Community Work Experience (CWE): Non-profit and faith-based sector employment opportunities.
  • Summer Youth Internship Program (SYIP): Paid internship program at the City of Milwaukee.
  • Private Sector Job Connection (PSJC): Job placement program connecting eligible youth with private employers.

Since its inception, Earn & Learn has hired nearly 20,000 youth. Earn & Learn is supported through a combination funds from the City of Milwaukee, the State of Wisconsin, the business community and private donors.

Learn more at the Earn & Learn website

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200 E. Wells Street
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Milwaukee, WI 53202  

(414) 286-CITY (2489)

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Phone: 414-286-2200
Fax: 414-286-3191 

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