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

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


"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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