September 10 2020

Update on AchieveMpls Programs During COVID-19

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With the start of the new school year, we're providing remote student support through our Career & College Centers, planning virtual career events, preparing for next summer's Step Up internships, and ensuring that our work of administering Minneapolis Public Schools 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.

Here are some important program updates:

Career & College Centers: Students and Families

Our Career & College Center (CCC) team at 15 Minneapolis and Saint Paul high schools are providing remote support for students in exploring career and college options and aligning this work with our district, school and community partners. They're monitoring updates on college recruitment and admissions procedures, staying in touch with local employers, and researching virtual best practices to ensure that this work remains student-centered. Learn how our team has supported students at Central, RooseveltSouth and Wellstone high schools. For more information contact CCC managers Caitlyn Cole or Tiffany Enriquez.  

Step Up: Interns and Employers 

The Step Up Youth Employment Program team – in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, CareerForce Minneapolis and Project for Pride in Living – is among the few programs in the country that offered summer career opportunities for young people during COVID-19. 1,800 Minneapolis youth completed Step Up work readiness training – including in-person and online – with over 450 interns hired at 61 companies and more than 1,000 participating in a paid summer online learning program. The Step Up team is reviewing lessons from the summer as they begin planning for 2021 intern and employer recruitment. For questions, contact Jeremiah Brown at 612-455-1562.

Career Exposure Events: Volunteers

Planning is underway for virtual career events with volunteers and organizations from the trades, healthcare, business, the arts, STEM and many other career fields. Events are expected to begin in November. Contact our career exposure coordinator Ashley Musana at 612-455-1571 for questions, and keep an eye on our events calendar for updates.

NEW: Achieve College Internships: Interns and Employers

Our new Achieve College Internships connects college juniors with paid summer internships, training, mentors and professional networks that can help students launch their careers. The program is designed for past participants of the Step Up Youth Employment Program and graduates of Minneapolis public high schools with AchieveMpls Career & College Centers. Applicants must be enrolled full time in a Minnesota college / university four-year degree program and on track to graduate in 2022. Deadline for 2021 internships is September 30. To learn more about becoming an intern or employer, contact Jeremiah Brown at 612-455-1562.

MPS Funds: Applicants and Recipients

  • MPS college scholarships : This summer we awarded 71 college scholarships to MPS students, totaling over $170,000. Contact mpsscholarships@achievempls.org for information about our 2021 scholarships process.
  • Our management of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) school and department funds continues on a regular schedule. For more information, email mpsfunds@achievempls.org.
  • For questions about mini-grants for MPS staff and classrooms during this school year, contact mpsgrants@achievempls.org.

AchieveMpls Resource Development: Funders and Donors

We welcome your financial gifts during this unprecedented time as we work to ensure that students to stay on track with their career and college planning and collaborate with our Step Up partners to providing outstanding summer opportunities. 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, Director of Advancement, 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!