What we do

We run innovative career & college readiness programs, host public education events and manage Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) funds and awards. We believe that all young people can achieve their greatest potential in school, work and life when they have strong schools and a generous community to support them.  

STEP-UP Intern & Employer

Our Mission

We rally community support and deliver best-in-class programs to inspire and equip Minneapolis and Saint Paul young people for careers, college and life.

Our Vision

Our young people have full and equitable access to postsecondary education and career opportunities, creating a more just and vibrant community.

learn about our values and goals

Career & College Readiness Programs

Career & College Centers

Located in 15 Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Saint Paul Public Schools high schools, our CCCs offer career and post-secondary education planning resources for 15,000 students every year. 

Step Up

Step Up provides work-readiness training, paid internships and professional mentoring to nearly 1,400 Minneapolis youth each year. Step Up is a partnership of AchieveMpls, the City of Minneapolis, Career Force Minneapolis and Project for Pride in Living in collaboration with over 200 top Twin Cities employers. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Each year, we connect students with hundreds of community volunteers through our career exploration events and Step Up Mock Interviews.

Nou Vang CCC Coordinator

Our programs 
in action

“No one in my family had gone through the process of applying for college, so I was clueless about how this worked. My CCC coordinator helped me complete my college and scholarship applications and also helped me find summer internships.”

- MPS Student

Public Education Events


Based on the TEDTalks model, our lively happy hour EDTalks feature compelling short talks and conversations on a wide range of issues impacting public education and our young people. 

Watch EDTalks videos


An exclusive glimpse into our Career & College Centers in MPS high schools, where you can learn how you can support Minneapolis students in achieving their career and post-secondary goals. 

Principal Partner Day

In partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools, we match community leaders with MPS principals for an exclusive half-day shadowing opportunity at their schools. 


Education Events 

“EDTalks was as relevant to me as a newcomer to Minnesota and education as it is now as a committed professional in education. Thank you!”

MPS School and Department Funds

About MPS Funds

In collaboration with Minneapolis Public Schools, AchieveMpls manages over $1 million in funds that benefit MPS schools, students, staff and classrooms. AchieveMpls takes no fees to manage these funds. 

Donors: Support a School Fund

Make a gift to a specific MPS school, fund or department. 

MPS Staff: Access Your School Fund

Get more information about accessing your school fund, making deposits and requesting payments.  

College Scholarships for MPS Students

for MPS Students

In 2020 we administered and awarded 71 college scholarships totaling over $170,000 for MPS students to pursue postsecondary education.

Scholarship Applications

Contact your school's Career & College Center or counseling office for detailed information and applications. 

Renewable Scholarships

If you received a scholarship that can be renewed, contact Angel Jennings at 612-455-1560 for more information.

Mini-Grants for MPS Staff and Classrooms

for MPS Staff and Classrooms

Grants are available from AchieveMpls and partner organizations for MPS teachers and staff that support professional development opportunities, classroom activities and field trip transportation.

FAQs and Applications

Learn about grant opportunities and how you can apply for funds.