City of Duluth seeks input on Youth Employment Services

Online discussion will consider new host sites and recruitment of youth participants

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Duluth City Hall (File / News Tribune)

The Duluth Workforce Development’s Youth Employment Services (YES) Duluth program will host an online discussion next week to gather input on the development of new host sites and the recruitment of youth participants.

YES Duluth, which gives people ages 16-24 the chance to work for local employers and non-profit organizations with built-in training and mentorship, is looking for input and ideas, the city said in a news release Friday.

"All members of the community, including youth, employers, youth mentors, and community organizations are invited to join an idea sharing discussion about how we can use this opportunity to engage Duluth’s young people in positive and productive experiences that build skills and benefit the community," the city said in the release.

YES Duluth pays the wages, and the host site provides the supervision, coaching and on-the-job training with support from YES Duluth staff, the city said. Work experience placements typically range from 120-240 hours and generally pay $10.25 per hour.

According to the city, host sites should be:


  • Able to provide youth with work and guidance to help build employment skills.

  • A business or non-profit organization; Service projects led by community members are also eligible, provided the required structure and supervision is in place.

  • Interested in mentoring and supporting youth.

  • Have a COVID-19 preparedness plan in place.

The city said people who meet the following criteria are eligible to work in the YES Duluth program:

  • 16-24 years old

  • Lives in Duluth

  • Seeking assistance successfully gaining/maintaining employment

  • Interested in working with the YES Duluth team for training and support

If you go

What: YES Duluth Work Experience Idea-Sharing Discussion

When: 12:30-2 p.m. Monday, June 8

Where: WebEx Event,

Event name: Workforce Development Public Meeting

Event password: YESDuluth

Input and ideas can also be emailed to

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