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About us

Lake Street Works is a program of Urban Ventures that brings hands-on training to South Minneapolis in our new facility, at no cost to students. After completing their courses, LSW facilitates opportunites for students to become an apprentice in a trade or acquire additional skills at a technical school.

The future is often uncertain, and sometimes daunting, for the youth of South Minneapolis. A 2018 study performed by DEED* found that 70% of high school students from our community pursue no additional education or career training after high school. This often leads to limited options for living-wage occupations resulting in a life of poverty. 


At Urban Ventures we believe education changes everything. Lake Street Works (LSW) is an important part of our cradle-to-career model of service. Our goal is to send every child in our community to college or another form of post-secondary, including trades, vocational school, and apprenticeships. 


Our holistic approach, which includes life-skills coaching and character development, prepares students for a promising career in the construction industry. Through their enhanced earning capacity, and personal work ethic, they can break out of generational poverty. 

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