January 25 2021

Update on AchieveMpls Programs During COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we're providing remote support for students through our Career & College Centers, planning virtual career events with community volunteers, preparing for next summer's high school and college internships, and ensuring that our work of hosting public events, administering MPS funds and other critical operations continues uninterrupted. Our team is available via phone and email and will respond to your inquiries as quickly as possible. Check out our new video to learn how we're ensuring equity and access during COVID-19.

Here are some important program updates:

Career & College Centers: MPS and SPPS Students and Families

Our Career & College Center (CCC) team at 15 Minneapolis and Saint Paul high schools is providing remote support for students in exploring career and college options and aligning this work with our district, school and community partners. We’re offering virtual advising on college searches, FAFSA and financial aid, planning virtual career panels, staying in touch with local employers, and following best practices to ensure that this work remains student-centered. Learn how our team has been supporting students at Central, RooseveltSouth and Wellstone high schools. For more information, contact Kendra Engels.  

Career Exposure Events: Community Volunteers

We're looking for volunteers from the trades, healthcare, business, the arts, STEM and other career fields to share their career journeys with students via our virtual career panels. Panels are either live or pre-recorded, and will be shared with MPS students throughout the school year. We especially encourage volunteers from diverse communities, MPS alums and community members with personal connections to our schools. You can find upcoming opportunities on our events calendar. For more information, contact Ashley Musana at 612-455-1571.

Step Up: Interns and Employers 

The Step Up Youth Employment Program – a partnership of AchieveMpls with the City of Minneapolis, CareerForce Minneapolis and Project for Pride in Living – is hard at work recruiting students and employers for this summer's program, which will include paid internships (including in-person, virtual and hybrid) and a paid online learning program. Step Up was among the few programs in the country last summer that offered career opportunities for young people during COVID-19. The student application is now live, with a deadline of February 15. The Step Up team is also recruiting employers from a wide variety of sectors and industries to provide internships and other opportunities this summer. Learn more about the 2021 Step Up program or contact Ashley Grell.

NEW: Achieve College Internships: Employers

Our new Achieve College Internships program connects college juniors with paid summer internships, training, mentors and professional networks that can help students launch their careers. The program is designed for graduates of Minneapolis Public Schools high schools and alums of the Step Up Youth Employment Program. Internship applications for summer 2021 are now closed. Contact Jeremiah Brown to find out how you can hire an intern for this summer.

MPS Funds: MPS Staff and Students

AchieveMpls manages over $1 million in funds that benefit MPS schools, staff development, classrooms and students.

AchieveMpls Public Events: General Public 

Our ninth season of EDTalks is featuring six virtual events focusing on Black and Brown voices in the K-12 education, equity and youth development spaces. More information and registration on these and other events is available on our events calendar. For more information, reach out to Heidi Johnson.

AchieveMpls Resource Development: Funders and Donors

We welcome your financial gifts during this unprecedented time as we work to ensure that students stay on track with their career and college planning and can still access the resources, connections and opportunities they need to make a solid plan for life after high school. Your investment in our students lasts a lifetime and also strengthens our families and local community. For more information about our programs or making a gift, please contact Jennifer McGee at 612-455-1552.

For More Information

For all other questions, contact info@achievempls.org or 612-455-1564. Thank you for your support and partnership!