Graduation Coaches provide personalized mentoring to help Minneapolis students graduate on time and plan for life after high school. Students benefit from a positive relationship with an adult outside of the family, gain confidence in their academic abilities, and build connections with their peers and school community. We are now seeking Graduation Coaches for the 2015-16 school year. Learn more!
Media Release from City of Minneapolis and AchieveMpls
Mon June 15, 2015
The City of Minneapolis youth employment program, STEP-UP, kicked off its 12th summer with 1,600 Minneapolis youth and young adults ages 14-21 starting their paid summer internships at 230 participating government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations throughout the Twin Cities metro area.
06.09.2015 | Posted by Jeannie LeMere, AchieveMpls Graduation Coach
Neither of us was willing to give up. Slowly, slowly, we peeled away the layers, and in December, she shocked me by coming into the room with a radiant smile and giving me a big hug. Real progress had been made!
In April, I was a judge for STEP-UP Achieve's High Tech Innovation Day. The daylong event, hosted by CoCo Minneapolis, brought Minneapolis students together to create innovative solutions to difficult problems like summer melt, financial literacy, access to clean water, and food deserts.
Career & College Center Coordinator, Patrick Henry High School
Why do I do this work? Coming from a low-income family I honestly think education is one of the most important things any person can possess in the world. It's something no one can ever take away from me. I want to help today’s students do even better than I did!
Kao Kalia Yang is a teacher, public speaker, writer and author of the award-winning book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008) and the forthcoming book, The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016). Born in Thailand’s Ban Vinai Refugee Camp, she is a member of the Hmong ethnic minority and is now an American citizen. She is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. This EDTalk was presented on April 6, 2015. Video by CallSign51.