BENTON COUNTY | Students Gain EPIC Glimpse Into High-Demand Careers
More than 2,500 local 10th-grade students took a career analysis inventory as part of the second annual Exploring Potential Interests & Careers (EPIC) day in February 2020 at St. Cloud Technical & Community College. Sponsored in part by an Initiative Foundation grant, the event also offered students hands-on activities related to high-demand careers. Stations included toolbox building, welding, identifying blood type, solving a crime and more.
SHERBURNE COUNTY | Pathways Makes Inroads on Youth Homelessness
On any given night, as many as 100 youth experience homelessness in the greater St. Cloud area. Pathways 4 Youth is a resource center that helps 16- to 24-year-olds finish their education, find secure employment and gain stable housing. In 2019, with Initiative Foundation grant support, Pathways tallied 2,000-plus visits while helping more than 260 homeless and highly mobile young people. Even better, 35 percent of youth served by the nonprofit found jobs, while 17 percent gained housing.