Northside Safety NET


North Minneapolis, Minn.


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. 

Applications for the 2022 – 2023 internship cohort will open in the second half of 2022.

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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 future environmental justice internship cohorts with your generous financial contributions. Contact Sacha Seymour-Anderson at 612- 334 -3388 ext. 8108 with questions or to learn more.

Our Experts

Coordinating job shadowing, scheduling hands-on activities, and developing community projects are key talents our team bring to this project. Coaching Northside Safety NET interns and regular communication with partners are additional elements of our expertise. 

Clyde Quarles

Clyde Quarles

Job Coach, Northside Safety NET he/him

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