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.

(See also: The Milwaukee My Brother’s Keeper Challenge needs YOUR feedback! Learn more about this initiative to support Milwaukee's youth.)

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“We have a moral obligation to provide hope and opportunity in the lives of our young people.” Mayor Tom Barrett

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“EARN & LEARN keeps our teens in positive, structured activities and builds their economic wealth.” Mayor Tom Barrett

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“I’m betting on the future for the young of this city.” Mayor Tom Barrett

The Job Components of EARN & LEARN

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CWE | Community Work Experience

Connects youth ages 14–19 with jobs in the non-profit, community- and faith-based sectors with additional funding support from the Mayor’s EARN & LEARN Fund.

2016 Application period: CLOSED

PSJC | Private Sector Job Connection

Connects youth ages 18–22 to jobs in the private sector. Youth are hired to work for a local company and get real world experience.


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.

2016 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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Milwaukee My Brother's Keeper Challenge

Milwaukee is committed to providing opportunities for achievement for every youth, including boys and young men of color. The responsibility for maintaining supportive communities falls on everyone who lives and works in our city.

We need YOUR participation in Milwaukee's collective effort! After reading the local MBK Action Plan Draft, please take 5-10 minutes to complete the online Feedback Form.

Thank you for your interest in the Milwaukee My Brother’s Keeper Challenge!

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