Over the past 4 years, the Rock the Cause Vocational Discovery program at HSRA has coordinated paid internships to nearly 60 HSRA students, and over $250,000 in wages and stipends have been paid to HSRA students. These funds came from a mix of workforce dollars from the Ramsey County U-Lead program, CARES ACT Federal Funding, private and corporate donors, and community partners like Rock the Cause Records 501c3 with mentoring from WFNU Frogtown Radio.
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Our program at HSRA provides real-world employment experiences while developing transferable job skills in business communications, e-commerce, Google Suite, computer skills, audio engineering, intellectual property best practices and law, business research skills, marketing, and promotions strategies, licensing and publishing, content development for podcast, radio, TV, and streaming platforms as well as event planning, business budgeting and financial planning.
During COVID-19 distance learning, the High School for Recording Arts vocational discovery program, led by Rock the Cause Records, in partnership with Ramsey County U-Lead, and the American Recovery Act was given special permission by Ramsey County WorkForce solutions to continue having HSRA student interns work in a distance environment. Rock the Cause presented the Ramsey County U-Lead program with a work plan for students to continue working from home. The plan also included a system to verify work was being completed and verified for payroll. As a result, 40 HSRA students enrolled in U-lead and CARES Act Funding continued to work from home during COVID-19. 90% or more of students who participate in the internship programs are BIPOC and low-income youth.