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