(Youth mechanics involved in the Lakes Center for Youth & Families’ social enterprise, Tried & True Small Engines.)

The Lakes Center for Youth & Families of Forest Lake, MN was recently awarded a $58,180 grant from the St. Paul-based Otto Bremer Trust. “To have this level of support from the Otto Bremer Trust is amazing,” said Executive Director of LC4YF, Matt Howard.

Workforce and career development for youth is one area that the Lakes Center has turned its attention to recently.  In order to address the coming shortage of quality trained workers entering the workforce, LC4YF will be doing year-round professional/core skill workshops for teens.  In addition, they’ll be working with local high schools to find youth and match them with appropriate levels of placement in businesses that fit their career interests.

 “With this grant we’ll not only be able to fund our workforce and career work, but we’ll be able to continue providing professional level services in the areas of mental health and intervention as well.  In addition, $23,000 of this grant will allow us to update our aging database software and technology.  We couldn’t be more thankful that the Otto Bremer Trust would believe in us enough to invest in the work that we do for youth and families.”

The Otto Bremer Trust, based in St. Paul, Minn., is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. The mission of OBT is to invest in people, places and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $600 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin. Visit www.ottobremer.org