June 15 2021

Update on AchieveMpls Programs During COVID-19

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With the recent conclusion of the very challenging 2020-21 school year, our team is now focused on planning for fall and directing Step Up and Achieve College Internships summer career opportunities with our partners. Check out some important program updates below and learn how we've been working to ensure equity and access during COVID-19.

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 launched its summer 2021 program, matching 750 Minneapolis youth with paid internships at local employers and is also offering a paid online career exploration program. For more information contact Ashley Grell.

Achieve College Internships

Our Achieve College Internships program is also underway, connecting college juniors with paid summer internships, training, mentors and professional networks to help launch their careers. The program is designed for graduates of Minneapolis public high schools and alums of the Step Up Youth Employment Program.  Contact Jeremiah Brown for more information.

Career & College Centers

Our Career & College Center (CCC) staff at 15 Minneapolis and Saint Paul public high schools just finished a very challenging school year, collaborating with their school teams to provide a wide range of virtual and in-person advising and career and college guidance. Our team is now making plans for next fall to continue addressing the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on students’ engagement and access to postsecondary opportunities. Check out our YouTube video from our recent event with our CCC staff, in which we shared stories about our work with students and new insights that will continue to inform and innovate our work far into the future. For more information, contact Kendra Engels.  

Career Exploration Events

Thanks to 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. Sign up for our mailing list to learn about fall volunteer opportunities. For more information, contact Kendra Engels.

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

We're excited to launch our tenth season of EDTalks this fall, 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 recently-concluded ninth season, which highlighted Black and Brown voices. 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!