September 10 2021

Update on AchieveMpls Programs During COVID-19

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September is an exciting time for our team, as we welcome students to our Career & College Centers (Minneapolis) and Career Pathway Centers (Saint Paul), recruit employers for our summer 2022 Achieve College Internships, wrap up our summer Step Up internships and look toward next year, and plan our tenth season of EDTalks and our October Evening of Excellence Virtual House Party. Check out some important program updates below and learn how we've been working to ensure equity and access during COVID-19.

Career & College Centers / Career Pathway Centers

Our Career & College Center (CCC) staff at Minneapolis and Saint Paul public high schools are busy welcoming new students back and collaborating with their school teams to provide a wide range of virtual and in-person advising and career and college guidance. With our partners, we are continuing to address the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on students’ engagement and access to postsecondary opportunities. Check out our YouTube video from our event with our Roosevelt and Central high school program staff, where they shared stories about supporting students during COVID-19 and the new insights that are informing our work. For more information, contact Kendra Engels.  

Career Exploration Events

As students return to school after more than a year of COVID-19 disruption, our career events with volunteers are on hold while we focus on students’ immediate needs and take time to evaluate how our career events can best support their learning and career interest development. We are so thankful for our dedicated volunteers and appreciate your patience as we assess and strengthen this programming in coming months. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified when our volunteer opportunities have resumed.

Achieve College Internships

We’re currently seeking employers for next summer’s Achieve College Internships program, which places college juniors in paid internships at a wide range of Minneapolis-Saint Paul employers. The program is designed for alums of Minneapolis Public Schools and the Step Up Youth Employment Program who are seeking professional development opportunities and connections to help launch their careers. Our internship application deadline for students for summer 2022 has passed. Find out how you can become an employer or contact Jeremiah Brown for more information.

Step Up Youth Employment Program

The Step Up Youth Employment Program – a partnership of AchieveMpls with the City of Minneapolis, CareerForce Minneapolis and Project for Pride in Living – has wrapped up a very successful 2021 program with over 700 Minneapolis youth completing paid internships at local employers and hundreds of others participating in a paid online career exploration program. Student recruitment for summer 2022 will launch in December. To learn how you can become a Step Up employer for next summer, contact Ashley Grell.

Minneapolis Public Schools Funds: Scholarships, Staff and Classroom Grants, School Funds

As the nonprofit foundation for MPS, AchieveMpls manages over $1 million in funds that benefit schools, staff, classrooms and students. These funds include small grants for staff development and classroom projects, funds that are designated for specific MPS schools and programs, and college scholarships for MPS seniors. Learn more about these funds and how they support the MPS community.

AchieveMpls Public Engagement Events

Join us for our Evening of Excellence Virtual House Party on October 14, which celebrates our community’s shared commitment to our young people and features inspiring stories from our program alums and award honorees, online auction, and opportunities for you to get engaged with students through our career and college readiness programs. RSVP as an individual guest or support our work by becoming an event sponsor. We’re also busy launching our tenth season of EDTalks, with a focus on emerging voices in the K-12 education, equity and youth development spaces. Stay tuned for details and enjoy these videos and podcasts from our ninth season. For more information, reach out to Heidi Johnson.

AchieveMpls Resource Development

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 communities. For more information on our programs or making a gift, contact Jennifer McGee at 612-455-1552.

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