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 a pilot 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.

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 the upcoming 2023-2024 internship cohort with your generous financial contributions. Contact Sacha Seymour-Anderson with questions or to learn more.

photo of Paris B.

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, Northside Safety NET intern

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.

Project Contacts

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

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