Youth Initiatives






For more information about any of our Youth Initiatives programs, please contact:

Kris Davis
Director of Education
Phone: 612/400-6208

Learn more about careers in the graphic communications industry.

Careers in Print on YouTube


Printing Industry Midwest Promotes Printing in Schools

PIM is active in spreading the word about our industry to students all over the Midwest. Dozens of visits are made each year to high schools classrooms, career fairs, and alternative school audiences. Students learn about graphic communication careers, post secondary school options, and print in general. Using a DVD, “Careers in Print”, which features Advanced Web, GLS Company and Japs Olson, students learn about the variety of futures available to them in our industry. PIM also promotes Print using a great informational brochure that was printed by Maximum Graphics to show opportunities in Print.

PIM is active with Achieve Minneapolis; sits on a number of Advisory Councils; participates with Education Minnesota’s annual conference; is actively involved in career fairs at high schools; and much more!


Matching Grants Available for Companies hiring college students in STEM majors

Companies receive assistance finding qualified candidates and a $1:$1 matching grant to cover 50% of the intern’s wages (capped at $2,500) when they hire a student through SciTechsperience. Matching grants are available to businesses that provide hands-on work experience for college students in STEM majors in the SciTechsperience Internship Program. SciTechsperience will provide 450 matching grants over the next two years — 200 of those grants will be available between now and August 2016. Watch a video and get more information.

Watch’s the catch? There is none! There is no fee for students or businesses to participate in the program.


Get Involved!

PIM is always seeking donations of “fun” handouts to give away as prizes or at career fairs; take a look in your prize closet and see if there are items to donate.

We always appreciate assistance in producing new materials, as well as more production (printing, making more DVD’s) of current materials. Please let us know if your company would like to help.

Talking with a group at your local high school or participating in a career fair is a rewarding way to help youth and promoting the industry. Contact us for informational handouts to distribute.

Career Fairs are another great way to reach out to students. Contact your local high school to see if they are hosting a career fair – they’ll be appreciative of your support and willingness to help. If you would like to participate in a Minneapolis Public High School Career Fair, check out the Achieve Website to get involved.


PIM Teams Up with Junior Achievement

In search of “People in Print” volunteers!

Junior Achievement (JA) teaches K-12 students about entrepreneurship, money management, how to be responsible consumers, workers and citizens, and provides them with the skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. JA empowers students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world, thereby enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school. JA’s relevant, experiential programs are offered free of charge to schools and align with national and local curriculum standards.

JA partners with more than 7,000 volunteers each year to teach its curriculum to local students. During the 2013-14 school year, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (the local office) impacted more than 152,000 students in Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin. Learn more about Junior Achievement at JA needs volunteers in many local area classrooms! Contact: or 651-255-0050 for more information about classes in your area.