April 9 2021

Update on AchieveMpls Programs During COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and schools begin to open with strict safety guidelines, we're transitioning to offer both in-person and remote career and college planning support. We're also preparing for this summer's high school and college internships, hosting virtual EDTalks, administering Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) funds and ensuring that all other critical operations continue uninterrupted. Learn how we're working hard to ensure equity and access during COVID-19.

Check out these important program updates:

Career & College Centers

As schools open for in-person learning, our Career & College Center (CCC) staff at 15 Minneapolis and Saint Paul public high schools are collaborating with their school teams to provide limited in-person postsecondary planning support while also connecting with students virtually for advising and career and college exploration. Our team is offering expert guidance on college searches, FAFSA and financial aid, sharing pre-recorded career panels with community volunteers, 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, Como Park, RooseveltSouth and Wellstone high schools. For more information, contact Kendra Engels.  

Career Exploration Events

Thanks to all of the dedicated volunteers who shared their career journeys this year with students via our virtual career panels. These recorded events are now being used by our team to provide insights and inspiration for students as they plan for future careers. Our volunteer opportunities have concluded for the year and will begin again next fall. Sign up for our mailing list to learn about future volunteer opportunities. For more information, contact Ashley Musana at 612-455-1571.

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 concluded its annual work readiness training and is now hard at work matching young people who completed training with internship opportunities. Step Up is planning to provide 750 internships with 70 Twin Cities employers this summer, and young people who are not matched with an internship will be invited to participate in the Step Up paid online career exploration program. For more information, contact Ashley Grell.

Achieve College Internships

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. Student applications for 2021 are now closed. Contact Jeremiah Brown to find out how you can hire an intern for this summer.

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

Our ninth season of EDTalks features six virtual events focusing on Black and Brown voices in the K-12 education, equity and youth development spaces. Find details on our final two spring events on our events calendar and enjoy our past EDTalks videos and podcasts. 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.

For More Information

For all other questions, contact info@achievempls.org. Thank you for your support and partnership!