STEP-UP Achieve Jobs Program
STEP-UP Achieve—part of the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program — connects businesses with the next generation of talented and diverse workers, provides critical job training and hands-on experience for Minneapolis youth and builds a stronger Twin Cities workforce for our knowledge-based global economy.
One of the country's premiere youth employment programs, STEP-UP Achieve places 800 Minneapolis youth (ages 16-21) each year in paid internships with 160 top Twin Cities companies, nonprofits and public agencies, providing work readiness training, on-the-job experience, professional connections and ongoing support. Our new Career Pipelines in five key industries provide year-round career development opportunities through targeted trainings, career exposure events, and industry-recognized certification programs.
Now in our eleventh year, we've connected over 5,000 young people with Twin Cities employers ranging from Cargill, Boston Scientific and Target to Fairview Health Services, Hennepin County, Nina Hale, Inc., Twin Cities Public Television and many more. STEP-UP Achieve interns bring home over $1 million in wages each year, a significant contribution to low-income families in Minneapolis.