Wiconí Wasté Summer Internship Program

Wiconí Wasté, or “The Good Life,” is an exciting summer internship program at the Little Earth Extension of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This program, led by Program Director Ashlee Jallen and Program Coordinator Joe Beaulieu, partnered with Hennepin County and the Walker Art Museum to give teens six weeks of paid job experience working Monday-Thursdays. The staff also incorporated Career Launch, a BGCA program, two days out of each week to assist teens with resume building, cover letter writing, and mock interview prep. Once interns completed their resumes, they ventured to the Mall of America to job hunt! Equipped with their new knowledge, they were required to apply to a minimum of three jobs each.

In addition to providing support with resume building and job hunting, the staff took the interns to visit several Minnesota colleges. These included the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Dunwoody Tech, and Fond du Lac Tribal College. Interns were able to speak with Native faculty and learn more about their future educational opportunities. A career panel was also hosted by the Little Earth Extension featuring Native American professionals.

According to Ms. Jallen, “Our conversation during that panel was empowering and personal. Each professional described why they were interested in their work, but also talked about their life growing up on the reservation or in urban Little Earth. Our teens connected with these life experiences and I believe it was a really great way for them to connect with mentors.”

At the end of the six weeks, the Club held a celebration for their interns and invited their families to join. Way to go Little Earth!

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