BrookLynk - A response to our community needs. 

Directed by the Cities of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, BrookLynk is a youth employment program dedicated to addressing our regional talent and workforce needs through a strategy that explicitly supports and invests in young people facing barriers to employment. BrookLynk is a program developed in partnership between the schools, cities, community partners and youth. Launched in 2015 in response to findings that over 60% of youth in the Brooklyns were not participating in summer programming; and that middle and high school aged youth, particularly those who are economically disadvantaged, did not have the skills or connections needed for post-secondary and career success. Also combined with a business community that was struggling to attract and retain talent, led to the development of BrookLynk, a youth employment program with three components: 21st century skill building and training, experiential employment opportunities and development of social capital.

Beginning with a training cohort of 80 students and an intern cohort of 28, BrookLynk has grown and has since been able to successfully coordinate over 300 paid summer internship opportunities with local employers. BrookLynk has also trained over 700 young people with essential job skills. In partnership with key community partners and stakeholders, BrookLynk will continue to address business needs, support young peoples development to increase pathways to prosperity, and ensure a equitable and prosperous economy.
 

Our Mission

BrookLynk exists to coordinate partnerships that prepare employers to engage the next generation of workers and to connect young people in the Brooklyns facing barriers to employment with the skills, experiences and professional social networks needed to develop their pathway to college and career.

Our Shared Vision:

To achieve the economic health, equity and well-being of our community ensuring prosperity for all. Our workforce is awesome because we have ignited the aspirations of youth and this attracts employers to grow their business in the Brooklyns.

Our Core Values

  • Leading with courage, trust and integrity

  • Igniting hope and optimism for young people

  • Keeping youth at the center of planning of decision making

  • Interrupting systems to realize racial equity and inclusion

  • Fostering inclusive relationships to transform community well-being

  • Acting with passion and urgency for deliberate results

 

Thank you to all of our partners that make our work possible!

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Employers

  • Amplifon Americas, Inc.

  • Anoka-Hennepin Area Schools

  • Boston Scientific

  • the Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth

  • Brooklyn Center Community Schools

  • City of Brooklyn Center

  • City of Brooklyn Park

  • Cummins Power Systems

  • Design Ready Controls

  • Hennepin County

  • Hennepin Technical College

  • North Hennepin Community College

  • Osseo Area Schools

  • Robbinsdale Area Schools

  • TopLine Federal Credit Union

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Donors and Funders

  • Boston Scientific

  • Brooklyn Center Business Association

  • City of Brooklyn Center

  • City of Brooklyn Park Economic Development Authority

  • Cummins Power Systems

  • Hennepin County

  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

  • Otto Bremer Foundation

  • Rotary Club of Brooklyn Park

In-Kind Supporters

  • Brooklyn Center Community Schools

  • Design Ready Controls

  • Firefly Credit Union

  • Hennepin Technical College

  • North Hennepin Community College

  • Osseo Area Schools

  • STAR