Northside Safety NET
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.
Interns explore environmental justice through presentations, job shadowing, hands-on activities, and community-based projects. Program themes include:
- Renewable energy.
- Water quality.
- Construction and engineering.
- Sustainable landscaping.
Meet the Interns
2021-2023 Program Photos
Interns pose for a photo with representative Ilhan Omar after spending the day learning about the responsibilities of a representative.
Northside Safety NET interns and Growing North staff pose for a group shot in front of the shed at the community garden they helped create.
Intern Lilly Hood demonstrates proper tree pruning technique.
Jaycie and the interns show off their storm drain stenciling.
The Northside Safety NET cohort look over the water, preparing to embark on the Cedar Creek Science Reserve biome hike.
Coaching interns, scheduling hands-on activities, and developing community projects are key talents Sacha and Sebastian bring to this project.
Northside Safety NET has welcomed eight new interns and welcomed back five interns from the original cohort for this year of programming. Learn more about our interns and consider supporting them as they learn about environmental justice in their community.
Northside Safety NET interns share what being a Black history maker means to them.
Our Northside Safety NET partners share their experience with the first year of the program and what they are looking forward to in the coming year.