Northside Safety NET


North Minneapolis


October 2021 - present


North Minneapolis residents ages 16-24


The Environmental Justice Internship with Northside Safety NET (Neighborhoods Empowering Teens) is an annual internship program for a cohort of 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. 
photo of two young men working together in a wood shop

2021 - 2022 Program

Over the course of a year, interns explore environmental justice through presentations, job shadowing, hands-on activities, and community projects. 2021 – 2022 program themes include:

  • Forestry.
  • Renewable energy.
  • Water quality.
  • Construction and engineering.
  • Agriculture.
  • Sustainable landscaping.
  • Conservation.

The interns work with Northside Safety NET partners to learn about environmental careers and develop basic skills necessary for those careers. Interns will also leave the program with resume-building experiences and new leadership skills.

Support Northside Safety NET

We invite you to support the upcoming 2022-2023 internship cohort with your generous financial contributions. Contact Sacha Seymour-Anderson with questions or to learn more.

2021-2022 Program Photos

Interns being recognized in April by the Minnesota United Football Club in the L’Etoile du Nord program designed to amplify young voices who are making a way in sustainability for the next generation.

Greg and Micah beveling the stem of the canoe.

Lilly and Evette “footballing” the gully of the canoe.

Greg taking measurements to connect the keelson to the canoe stem.

The interns are adding the skin to the wooden canoe frame they constructed as they get closer to the launch of their boat.

The 2021-2022 cohort practicing using a ring light to take photos during a communications workshop.

Lilly working with Keith to attach her mini solar panel to her model house.

Northside Safety NET interns led a workshop during the Green Zones Summit.

Our Experts

Coaching interns, scheduling hands-on activities, and developing community projects are key talents Clyde and Jaycie bring to this project.

Jaycie Thomsen

Jaycie Thomsen

Senior Project Coordinator she/her Cell: 763-218-6698
Clyde Quarles

Clyde Quarles

Job Coach, Northside Safety NET he/him

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