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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Supporting the Community and Investing in the Future

On July 20, members of the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) joined Mayor Coleman at the 30th Annual Rondo Days Parade and Festival.  The Rondo Days celebration recognizes the vibrant Rondo neighborhood that was cleared in the 1960s to make way for Interstate 94.  Staff from the Saint Paul Department of Human Rights and the EMS Academy attended the festival to showcase the services the department offers to the community.  Human Rights staffed a resource booth to educate members of the community on civil rights, while the EMS Academy provided free blood pressure checks and CPR training.  Senator Al Franken also stopped by to learn more about the EMS Academy and get his blood pressure checked.    
Recently, HREEO staff members also visited one of the jobsites for the UnderConstruction program.   UnderConstruction is a partnership between HREEO, Saint Paul Youth Job Corps, and the Construction Careers Foundation.  The UnderConstruction program provides paid training to 24 Saint Paul youth ages 15-26 to learn the skills necessary to enter the construction trades.  Over the course of the program, students earn valuable on-the-job training while constructing two residential garages in the Frogtown neighborhood.  Participants receive training in OSHA 10 safety compliance, financial literacy, and learn work-related skills like time management and communicating with co-workers.  UnderConstruction interns also visit various construction union jobsites and training facilities.  The goal is to expose urban youth to construction career opportunities and connect the construction industry to potential new hires from backgrounds currently underrepresented. 
Learn more about HREEO and opportunities available here.

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