(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.