STEP-UP mock interview

Get Engaged

The success of Minneapolis students depends on strong community support from each and every one of us! We create opportunities for individuals and groups to make a difference for youth as volunteers, employers, donors and partners. We also convene our community on key education issues to help increase engagement and advocacy for strong public schools and a brighter future for our youth. Check out these great ways you can support Minneapolis students:

Volunteer with Students

Career Fair Presenters: Share your career with members of our future workforce! Present to students about what training is required for your career, what the highlights and challenges of your job are, and what students can do to further explore this career. Register for one of our upcoming Career Fairs.

Graduation Coaches: Our Graduation Coaches provide personalized mentoring to help 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 and build connections with their peers and school community. Check back in June for information about our 2016-17 program.

STEP-UP Mock Interviews: Join professionals from across the city April 11-15 at the Minneapolis Convention Center for four whirlwind evenings of mock interviews with STEP-UP student interns. Mock interviewers talk one-on-one with students and provide feedback and suggestions for improving their skills.

Hire an Intern

STEP-UP Achieve Youth Employment Program: This nationally-recognized program - part of the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program - partners each year with over 160 top Twin Cities companies to provide work readiness training, mentoring and 800 meaningful paid internships for Minneapolis youth. Learn how you can hire an intern for summer 2016.

Attend a Public Education Event

EDTalks: EDTalks is a lively series of events that engages young professionals with issues impacting public education and young people. Each program features two 20-minute presentations by cutting-edge speakers along with ample time for conversation and networking. Check out our past EDTalks videos and information on upcoming programs.

Achieve101: Come get an exclusive glimpse into our Career & College Centers, where you'll enjoy morning coffee, pastries and a great conversation about how you can be a partner in helping Minneapolis youth achieve their career and college goals. You'll meet some amazing students our outstanding CCC staff. Check our Events Calendar for upcoming programs.

Education Partners Luncheon: Each fall, over 600 education, business and community members gather to celebrate and renew our community’s strong commitment to public education and success for all Minneapolis students. Check out these photos from our November 2015 event with Dr. Robert Simmons.

Principal Partner Day: This annual event matches community leaders with Minneapolis Public Schools principals for a half-day shadowing experience. Participants gain a rare behind-the-scenes view by accompanying their principal on classroom visits and meetings, engaging with staff and students, and observing the challenges and triumphs they encounter each day.

Make a Generous Donation

Join our dedicated community of donors who are building a stronger Minneapolis by investing in the academic, career and life success of the young people of Minneapolis Public Schools! Make an online donation to AchieveMpls.

Connect with other MPS Alums 

Minneapolis Alumni Connection (MAC): MAC engages young MPS graduates in supporting all Minneapolis public schools. Launched by AchieveMpls in 2012, MAC is now an independent volunteer group. Learn more.