July 7 2020

Update on AchieveMpls Programs During COVID-19

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This summer we're busy managing Step Up Youth Employment Program internships with the City of Minneapolis, preparing for our fall career and college readiness activities and volunteer opportunities, and ensuring that our work of administering Minneapolis Public Schools funds and awards and other critical operations continues uninterrupted. We remain “open” and available via phone, email and social media 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 teams at 15 Minneapolis and Saint Paul high schools are currently on break after providing remote support to students during a semester of compounding challenges, including COVID-19, the trauma of the George Floyd police murder and the community disruption that followed. Our team offered one-on-one career and college readiness guidance to 560 students in April and May via phone, email and online platforms, and over 950 total advising sessions to help students stay on track with their post-graduation plans. Learn how our team supported students this spring at Central, RooseveltSouth and Wellstone high schools. Planning is currently underway for the 2020-21 school year, despite many unknown factors as we move toward fall. For more information, contact Career & College Center Director Kendra Engels at 617-874-0898.   

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 – has been hard at work providing online work readiness training, collaborating with employer partners, creating remote supervisor orientation sessions and matching young people with in-person and online summer internship and training opportunities. In the midst of COVID-19, the Step Up team is committed to ensuring that as many Minneapolis youth as possible can access these valuable opportunities to gain key career skills and earn a good wage over the summer. For any questions, contact Jeremiah Brown at 612-455-1562.

Career Exposure Events: Volunteers

Our tremendous thanks to all of the volunteers and corporate partners who supported students this year through our school-based career events and worksite tours – including our first remote career events! No one knows what the coming school year will look like, but we're busy planning opportunities for volunteers and organizations from the trades, healthcare, business, the arts, STEM and many other career fields. We hope you’ll join us! Contact our Career Exposure Coordinator Ashley Musana at 612-455-1571 for questions, and keep an eye on our events calendar for fall semester updates.

MPS Funds: Applicants and Recipients

AchieveMpls Resource Development: Funders and Donors

We welcome your financial gifts during this unprecedented and unpredictable 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 our Director of Advancement, 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 in these coming weeks and months.