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Workforce Development

Youth & Young Adults

City of Duluth’s YES (Youth Employment Service) program provides education and employment services to youth and young adults aged 16 to 24.

Paid Work Experiences

  • Summer and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year
  • Internships.
  • On-the-job training opportunities

Education and Training

  • Financial literacy education
  • Entrepreneurial skills training
  • Leadership development opportunities, including community service and peer centered activities
  • Education and training for specific occupations
  • Job-shadowing

Supportive Services

  • Supportive mentoring
  • Referrals to other services and resources, as appropriate to the needs of the individual 
  • Assessment tools to learn more about individual skills, abilities, and interests that can then be used to discover or confirm a career path in today's job market
  • Work clothing and transportation assistance available depending on youth goals and availability of funding

Job Search and Placement Services

  • Help with resume writing and interview preparation
  • Assistance in identifying and describing skills
  • Job Club: A group that can help you locate jobs, meet employers and form solidarity in job searching

  • Explore Careers
  • Plan your Education
  • Find a Job

  • Post your resume
  • Connect with local employers
  • Match your resume to job openings

  • Find in-depth job descriptions


  • Connect with local and regional employers

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Eligibility Requirements

Interested youth should complete an application or call a YES Duluth staff member to determine eligibility. The YES Duluth staff will meet with youth to discuss career/educational goals and determine if they are a good fit for the program. Eligibility for the YES Duluth program can include one or more of the following:

  • Low-income
  • Family receives public assistance
  • Offender status
  • Individual with a disability (emotional, physical, or learning)
  • Foster child status
  • Other barriers to employment (inquire for details)


To inquire about enrolling in the YES program, please contact Karissa Kucera at the WorkForce Center. Her information is located in the right side bar.

APPLICATION (click to open)

Success Stories

“This program gave me a chance in life when no one else would; I finally got my GED and have two jobs to support myself.”


“Thanks to the work experience I was able to help my mom out with bills plus have spending money for myself.”


“The youth is continuing to grow into his position, doing very well for this stage of his development, we are lucky to have this opportunity.”


“Thanks for letting us be a YES Duluth site, for a non-profit business, YES Duluth participants are very helpful for us and the future workforce.”


 Online Resources

Online Tools for building your resume, finding jobs, and keeping healthy while doing it.

Career Exploration Sites

  • Brainfuse JobNow- Provides support at every stage of the job search, free of cost. All you need is your library card.
  • CareerOneStop- Explore careers, find training, and conduct job search.
  • My Skills My Future- Tell us about a job you've had, we'll find careers with similar skills for you to explore
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook-The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations



Workshop Calendar- Free Workshops geared towards job seekers and employers


Career Assessment Sites

  • ONET Center Assessments - A family of self-assessment career exploration tools that can help clients discover the type of work activities and occupations that they would like and find exciting. Clients identify and learn about broad interest areas most relevant to themselves. They can use their interest results to explore the world of work
  • Queendom - Tests to asses your personality.
  • WITC Career Interest Questionnaire - Participate in this 10 minute questionnaire about your interests to help identify which clusters (career areas) might be the best fit for you. Based on activities you enjoy, your personal qualities and school subjects you like, the questionnaire ranks the career clusters you may find most fulfilling

Financial Aid Information



Karissa Kucera
Youth Employment Technician
Workforce Center
402 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802


Nelle H. Rhicard
Youth Employment Technician
Duluth Workforce Development
402 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802


Hannah Grunzke
Youth Employment Technician
Duluth Workforce Development
402 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802


We are the career counselors for YES Duluth.We help youth and young adults reach their education and employment goals by coordinating work experiences in the community and providing support for classroom training. Please call or email us if you are interested in gaining work skills or learning more about all the services available through YES Duluth.  Business owners can also contact us for more information on becoming a work site for mentoring our youth workers.

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