Small Engine Program openings for youth

Tried and True teen mechanics Vince and Christian show off a completed mower.
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If you are a hands-on type of person and are interested in a mechanical field for a future career, Tried and True is for you. Tried and True Small Engines is a Lakes Center for Youth & Families program for teens 15-18 years old in the Forest Lake area and Chisago County.
What will I be doing at Tried and True?
You’ll be working with a professional mechanic and 2-3 other teens in a real shop setting learning how to diagnose, repair, and sell small engines. Small engines include lawn mowers, snow blowers, weed whips, and more. The shop is in Wyoming, just north of Splitrocks Entertainment Center.
What is the commitment?
Tried and True is a 3-4 month long program that averages between 4-6 hours of shop time per week. Shop nights are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30 p.m. or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The next sessions are starting in late July and mid-August. We are currently accepting applications.
What do I get out of it?
Teens will gain real world experience that is applicable for them now and for their future. Teens can use Tried and True as a work reference for job applications, as previous experience on resumes, and they will learn invaluable skills that are necessary to enter the workforce.
How do I apply?
Simply contact Jenna Jones with LC4YF at 651-464-3685 or [email protected] Or download an application by visiting and click on the Tried and True logo on the left of the page. Once you return the completed application, you will be contacted to set up an interview for the program.
If you would like more information on Tried and True or have questions, contact Matt Howard with LC4YF at 651-464-3685 or [email protected]

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