Milwaukee’s Summer Youth Employment Initiative

EARN & LEARN is a summer youth employment program initiated by Mayor Tom Barrett in partnership with local business, non-profit, and community- and faith-based organizations.

EARN & LEARN assists young people from Milwaukee in making a successful transition from adolescence into adulthood through job skills and work experience.

A photo of Mayor Barrett and EARN & LEARN participants at Discovery World  Museum

The Job Components of EARN & LEARN

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CWE | Community Work Experience

Connects youth ages 14-24 with jobs in the non-profit, community- and faith-based sectors with additional funding support from the Mayor’s EARN & LEARN Fund.


PSJC | Private Sector Job Connection

Connects youth ages 18+ to jobs in the private sector. Youth are hired to work for a local company and get real world experience.

2017 Application Period: CLOSED

SYIP | Summer Youth Internship Program

Connects youth ages 16–19 to jobs in City government with funding support from the City’s Community Development Block Grant.

2018 Application Period: CLOSED

“I need our employers’ help in creating a path toward a successful life for our city’s youth.”

—Mayor Tom Barrett

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