New Vision Foundation has partnered with Youthprise and Repowered (formerly known as Tech Dump) to launch the Youth for Tech Training Pilot (YTTP), which will focus on preparing youth and young adults for high-demand careers in the tech industry. The program will specifically target young people in Ramsey County who are between the ages of 18 and 24, from low-income families, and identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color. High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) will serve as the primary resource for providing and/or coordinating concurrent education and recruitment.

The project will meet prescribed program goals through a range of coordinated activities that help young people acquire the employment and life skills necessary for economic independence and long-term employment success. The project team will offer career exploration, work readiness training, job training, job placement, mentoring, paid work experiences, education, and industry-recognized credentialing. New Vision Foundation and Repowered will be providing occupational and technical skills training designed to prepare program youth for living wage employment in the tech industry. The program includes the following technical training modules: Fundamentals of Digital Literacy, Hardware Training & Lab Time, Cybersecurity & DataSecurity, and Software Development.

The collaboration efforts of NVF, Youthprise, Repowered and HSRA will establish a strong community partnership which creates career pathways and life success for program participants. We will aim to create employment and education opportunities that are inaccessible to disadvantaged minority youth due to systemic barriers and additional challenges around culture, religion, and language that make it even more difficult for them to continue their education, gain employment, and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

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