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.
In April, 50 Minneapolis youth from the STEP-UP Achieve youth employment program prepared for their summer internships by connecting with and learning from Twin Cities high tech professionals at an interactive High Tech Innovation Day co-hosted by CoCo Minneapolis.
Twin Cities business volunteers are gathering April 13-16 for our 2015 Mock Interviews, which will help high school students prepare for their summer internships at top Twin Cities companies, nonprofits and public agencies.
The STEP-UP Achieve youth career development program is partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and top Twin Cities financial services companies to offer a half-day Financial Services Careers Day for 60 Minneapolis teens and young adults who will be STEP-UP Achieve interns this summer. The April 2 event will be hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis at its head office on 90 Hennepin Avenue from 12:30 – 4:30 pm.
Over 200 Minneapolis youth from the STEP-UP Achieve youth employment program will participate in the first-ever STEP-UP Achieve Professional Development Conference for Advanced Interns in partnership with Accenture’s Skills to Succeed Initiative.
The Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and AchieveMpls, in partnership with the Cargill Foundation, have announced a major three-year investment of $3,890,000 for STEM and AVID programs and AchieveMpls Career & College Centers. In addition, the Foundation approved a one-year grant of $270,000 for MPS Nutrition and Culinary Services.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.