Young Adult Services

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Young adults ages 16-24 who:

  • Want to work towards GED, certification (such as CNA) or 2-year degree
  • Someone who has been or are in out-of-home placement
    • Foster care, group home, treatment center, incarcerated
  • Person of color
  • Diagnosed & documented disability
  • Receives public assistance
  • Pregnant or Parenting
  • Struggle with math or reading
  • Meets income guidelines
  • Live in Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, or Watonwan county

“Get Started” Program (Virtual Course)

Earn up to $200 for the completion of the 4-week course

Learn: Basic Budgeting ~ Communication ~ Health and Wellness ~ Community Engagement

  • Who: This program will be offered to Youth and Young Adults between the ages of 14-24 in the South Central Service Area that meet certain qualifications (i.e. income eligible, person of color, disability).
  • What: Get Started is an interactive training course that will be provided virtually – focusing on preparing participants to become more Work Ready.
  • When: Classes will be 4 weeks long and will be offered monthly. Students are asked to commit 5 hours per week throughout the duration of the course.
  • Where: Classes will be held 100% online. Anyone who resides in our 9 County Region will be able to participate from the comforts of their own living room.  Students will be able to go at their own pace – allowing for ultimate flexibility
  • Why: Get Started is the foundation of a person’s intent to become successful when it comes to working.  This class will breakdown the fundamentals of what makes someone successful in their job.

Get the application here


College scholarship opportunities

Assistance getting enrolled in/completing an educational goal

Career path planning

Referrals to other area services for individual and their family

Paid work experience/Internship to learn skills needed to succeed in the current job market

Connections to apprenticeships

Possible funding for transportation, educational, or employment needs

For general questions:

Alex Langsjoen

MVAC/Martin County Internship Program


Martin County


  • Young adults ages 18-24.
  • Be a resident of Martin County.
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Must be in good academic standing at your chosen college.
  • Can be enrolled in a community college or 4 year college.

Program Description

  • Purpose: Paid internship program to develop skills and learn about career opportunities in Martin County.
  • Process: Student will complete a short term paid work experience/internship in a Martin County business.

Once you are selected for the Martin County Internship Program

  • Your career interests will be matched with that of a Martin County business.
  • You will interview at a business for acceptance into the work experience/internship.
  • If accepted, an orientation will be completed and you will work with the new employer to develop the job duties and performance standards.


  • Participants will gain valuable experience at a Martin County business.
  • Participants will gain insight into the leadership and career possibilities in Martin County.
  • Successful completion of internship will result in legitimate work experience for your resume.
  • Earn possible college credits for the experience gained during your internship, with approval of your college and/or advisor.


Direct Contact

Tammie Hested
Minnesota Valley Action Council
400 S. State St. Suite 180
Fairmont, MN 56031