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

The Job Components of EARN & LEARN

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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.

2020 Application Period: NOT STARTED


Earn and Learn 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.

2020 Application Period: NOT STARTED


Earn and Learn Summer Youth Internship Program

2020 applications period is closed.

"I’m very passionate about EARN & LEARN, it's one of my favorite initiatives because it helps young people and their families."

—Mayor Tom Barrett

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