Northside Safety NET


North Minneapolis


October 2021 - present


North Minneapolis residents ages 14-18


The Environmental Justice Internship with Northside Safety NET (Neighborhoods Empowering Teens) is an internship program for North Minneapolis youth. The program is led by Environmental Initiative and has been developed in partnership with public, private, and nonprofit partners to:

  • Integrate young people in local efforts to address environmental justice issues.
  • Foster environmental literacy and practical skills of young people to create a new generation of environmental stewards.
  • Increase exposure to and interest in careers related to the environment, sustainability, and green enterprises.

The innovative program model (PDF) places interns at the center of a robust learning environment designed to support consistent, long-term relationships with and between youth participants and program partners.

photo of two young men working together in a wood shop

Innovative Programming

Interns explore environmental justice through presentations, job shadowing, hands-on activities, and community-based projects. Program themes include:

  • Forestry.
  • Renewable energy.
  • Water quality.
  • Construction and engineering.
  • Agriculture.
  • Sustainable landscaping.
  • Conservation.
A Northside Safety NET intern walking in the woods with data about the program overlaid on the image.

Support Northside Safety NET

We invite you to support our internship cohort with your generous financial contributions. Contact Sacha Seymour-Anderson with questions or to learn more.

A smiling Black teenager with short hair wearing a green t-shirt.

It’s exciting to learn when I am with the other interns and having fun, I feel more comfortable and get to bring creative ideas to the table.

Paris Beasley, past Northside Safety NET intern

Project Contacts

Interested in supporting Northside Safety NET? Contact Sacha for more information.

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