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AchieveMpls Receives Generation Next Social Innovation Fund Initiative Grant to Strengthen STEP-UP Youth Jobs Program

AchieveMpls Media Release
Mon April 22, 2013

AchieveMpls is one of six organizations chosen as founding partners of the new Generation Next and Greater Twin Cities United Way collaborative to close the educational achievement gap in the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis' 'FAFSA February' helps families perform act of 'bravery'

by Beth Hawkins, MinnPost
Mon February 11, 2013

Like all of the college and career center coordinators in Minneapolis high schools, Tiffany Enriquez is observing FAFSA February, a month of activities designed to get students to fill out the ever-so-invitingly named Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

STEP-UP returns the love to 'chief cheerleader' Mayor Rybak

by Beth Hawkins, MinnPost
Fri February 08, 2013

Friday morning, several of the students whose lives quite literally were transformed by their participation in the  STEP-UP Achieve program presented the mayor with an award recognizing his role as one of the founders and “chief cheerleader.” The mayor, who thought he was showing up at a breakfast banquet to thank the Twin Cities employers who have embraced his favorite cause, was momentarily, uncharacteristically tongue-tied.

A decade-long partnership with schools: AchieveMpls marks its 10th anniversary

by Dylan Thomas, Southwest Journal
Mon June 25, 2012

For Breanna Parslow, an AchieveMpls Career and College Center coordinator at South and Southwest high schools, the task of preparing students for post-graduation education and employment offers no greater reward than hearing these words: “You gave me hope.”

Step-Up mock interviews give Minneapolis students an edge

by Sheila Regan, Twin Cities Daily Planet
Wed April 25, 2012

Eye contact. A firm handshake. Clear speech and diction. Good posture. Confidence. These are some essential skills of a good job interview, and this week, more than 1,600 low-income Minneapolis Public Schools students had a chance to try out their skills at the annual Step-Up Summer Jobs Program mock job interviews.

U.S. Bancorp CEO Richard Davis leads mock interviews to help youth sharpen job-hunting techniques

by Nancy Kuehn, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal
Tue April 24, 2012

U.S. Bancorp  CEO Richard Davis led a group of 100 Twin Cities business professionals Monday to help low-income students sharpen their interviewing techniques as they prepare to apply for summer jobs. Monday was the first of a four-day event at the Minneapolis Convention Center where more than 400 businesspeople are to help 1,600 students in mock interviews.

AchieveMpls Receives $500,000 Transformational Grant from Minnesota Community Foundation and Philanthropist Tom Grossman

AchieveMpls Media Release
Mon April 23, 2012

AchieveMpls is honored to receive a $500,000 transformational grant from the Minnesota Communty Foundation and Twin Cities philanthropist Tom Grossman to expand and strengthen organizational capacity, outcome-based data systems and STEP-UP Achieve Summer Jobs Program.

AchieveMpls receives transformative $500,000 grant

by Beth Hawkins, MinnPost
Fri April 20, 2012

There are a lot of ways for the wealthy to give back that come accompanied by healthy doses of public recognition or an association with a warm and fuzzy charitable effort. Yesterday, the family of Wayzata philanthropist Tom Grossman and the Minnesota Community Foundation wrote a check for $500,000 to a local nonprofit that did none of the above.

Minnesota Community Foundation Awards $500,000 Grant to Transform AchieveMpls

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Media Release
Thu April 19, 2012

The Minnesota Community Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to transform AchieveMpls, an organization that focuses on career and college readiness and places low-income youth on a path to high-wage jobs, education beyond high school and economic self-sufficiency.

400+ Twin Cities professionals gather Minneapolis Convention Center this week for annual STEP-UP Mock Interviews

AchieveMpls Media Release
Wed April 18, 2012

Over 400 Twin Cities business professionals are participating in the annual STEP-UP Mock Interviews Monday through Thursday, which match professionals with over 1,600 young people from Minneapolis who are preparing for summer jobs at top Twin Cities companies, government agencies and nonprofits.

Calling Twin Cities Professionals! Come Share Your Expertise with Students at AchieveMpls Career Fairs

AchieveMpls Media Release
Mon April 09, 2012

AchieveMpls is seeking enthusiastic Twin Cities professionals to participate in our spring Career Fairs and share information about their career paths and industries with Minneapolis public high school students.

Executives, there's still time to STEP-UP, so please do

by Gail Rosenblum, Star Tribune
Thu March 22, 2012

With eight years under its belt, this nationally recognized college and career-readiness program for Minneapolis youth has proof that it succeeds far longer than a Minnesota summer.

Coach’s Passion Leads Washburn To State Tourney

WCCO-TV
Tue March 20, 2012

A profile of Washburn High School basketball coach Reggie Perkins, who also serves as Wasburn's AchieveMpls Career & College Coordinator.  The Millers will compete in the final tournament game Saturday night at the Target Center.

A lesson for teen hires

by Julie Pfitzinger, Star Tribune
Sat March 17, 2012

What should job-seeking teens do to set themselves apart from the competition? Stand out, says George Ellis, program associate for the STEP-UP Achieve summer jobs program.

Reform is working

Commentary by MPS Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson and School Board Chair Alberto Monserrate, Star Tribune
Wed March 14, 2012

As leaders of the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), we are often surprised but pleased by the number of people who fervently follow the ebb and flow of teacher contract talks. We need more people paying attention to the critical issues of public education.