Employment Readiness & Training Programs - Step Up Classroom Assistant

Step Up Work Readiness Classroom Assistant

About Step Up:

The Step Up Youth Employment Program prepares today’s youth for tomorrow’s careers by recruiting, training and placing more than 1,600 young people (ages 14-21) in paid internships each year with over 200 regional employers that span 15 industries and multiple sectors. Step Up has provided over 28,000 internships since 2003, yielding a competitive talent pipeline, a stronger economy and millions of dollars in wages for interns. Step Up is a partnership of the City of Minneapolis, AchieveMpls, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and Project for Pride in Living. Learn more at www.stepupmpls.org.

Position Overview:

The Step Up Work Readiness Classroom Assistant help the classroom trainer lead a classroom of 25+ young people and teaches them the skills they need to be successful in their Step Up summer internships. Classroom Assistants also play a vital role in taking notes about the students throughout the day to ensure the best possible internship matches. Classroom Assistant positions are available for both Level 1 (14-15 year olds) and Level 2 (16-21 year olds). This is a volunteer position and will be compensated with a gift card.


Classroom Assistants must commit to the train the trainer orientation and at least two trainings. After the completion of two trainings, you will receive a $100 gift card. You are more than welcome to volunteer for more than two trainings.

Required half-day trainer orientation from 8:00am -12:00pm for Level 1 or 12:30pm – 4:30pm for Level 2 at Minneapolis College:

  • Saturday, February 22


A minimum of two days of training from 7:30am – 4:00pm for Level 1 or 7:30am – 1:30pm for Level 2 at Minneapolis College on the following dates:

  • Saturday, February 29
  • Saturday, March 7
  • Saturday, March 14
  • Friday, March 27 (optional- 4 or 5 assistants needed)
  • Saturday, March 28
  • Saturday, April 4 (Weather make up day)

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to model professionalism to young trainees
  • Desire to work with and motivate Minneapolis youth
  • Ability to command the attention of a group of young people
  • A flexible, positive attitude
  • A strong commitment to youth development


If interested in volunteering for this position please reach out to Sara Zahn, sara.zahn@ppl-inc.org, with the subject line Classroom Assistant Position.