by Mike Christenson, Director of City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning & Economic Development. Published in MinnPost.
Wed September 28, 2011
A quiet miracle is transforming the lives of many Minneapolis youth. Through a combination of summer work and college supports, the percentage of Minneapolis high-school graduates attending college has grown from 45 percent to 62 percent in five years. Led by Mayor R.T. Rybak and U.S. Bank Chair Richard Davis, STEP-UP and the Minneapolis job program are introducing youth to better futures in surprising numbers. What's emerging is a model for closing the achievement gap in the city.
The Minneapolis STEP-UP program, championed by the likes of U.S. Bancorp, Allianz Life, YWCA of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Thrivent Financial and more than 200 small and large employers, this summer employed nearly 2,000 city kids.
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