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PEACE Program

PEACE Program

Pathways to Emergency and Academy Career Experiences (PEACE) Program

The City of Minneapolis’ PEACE program gives Minneapolis students the opportunity to explore careers in Fire, Police, Emergency Services, and Legal services. During the fall and winter, students will be asked to participate in monthly SWAG meetings (Students With Ambitions and Goals) where they will be given the chance to connect with students across Minneapolis who have similar interest. Each meeting will focus on topics such as team building, resume building, networking, self care, and career exploration. In the spring, students will have the opportunity to connect with a mentor from the Justice or Emergency field through mentor events that will occur once a month after school on a Thursday. This means that in addition to attending SWAG meeting students will be attending mentor events. Students will also work with a Check and Connect Monitor who will help ensure success during the program and make sure they are on track for graduation.


  • Must be between the ages of 16-21 years old and within two years of graduation.
  • Must be a resident of Minneapolis and live within certain designated neighborhoods (see map).
  • Must be enrolled in a public or alternative high school at time of entrance into the program.


  • Get hands on experience in a field that you are interested in pursuing.
  • Build your professional network that will help you in the future.
  • Meet other students who are interested in the same career field.
  • Gain new skills through monthly team and mentor events.
  • Benefit from Check & Connect support at school
  • Receive a paid summer internship within the career field of your choice

Time Commitment 

  • Attend after school team meetings and mentor events.
  • Participate in a part time paid summer internship, which will begin mid June and go through mid August. This internship wil be flexible with summer school and other obligations.
  • Participate in a hands on ‘mini academy’ workshop which will be a total of 12 hours