At AchieveMpls, we believe that every young person can succeed in careers, college and life if they have access to the right resources and support. And with 75% of the jobs in our region now requiring some form of education beyond high school, we’re fiercely dedicated to equipping students with the knowledge and skills to achieve their dreams.
As one of the Twin Cities' leading career and college readiness organizations, we connect over 15,000 students each year with the skilled guidance, preparation and connections they need to succeed in the professional world.
During the disruption of COVID-19, we've adapted our work to provide the most effective personalized support that students need to stay connected and keep their future plans on track.
Your #SpringForwardMN gift supports:
Career & College outreach to students in 15 Minneapolis and Saint Paul public high schools. With schools now open again, our team is providing both virtual and in-person advising on career and college exploration and planning. We're connecting students with personalized guidance on college searches, FAFSA and financial aid applications, job and internship opportunities, pre-recorded career panels with community volunteers and much more.
The Step Up Youth Employment Program (in partnership 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 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.
Career exploration events with hundreds of community volunteers. Our career volunteers share their professional journeys with students, coach them on resumes and job interviews, host worksite tours and connect them with employment and training opportunities. During COVID-19, we provided virtual career fairs with local professionals, which were recorded and now being shared with hundreds of high school students.
AchieveMpls EDTalks, Principal Partner Day and other public events. We spark conversations on a wide range of issues impacting our students, our schools and public education and connect community members with engagement opportunities to support and advocate for young people.
We know what works:
Students who use our Career & College Centers enroll in college and other postsecondary education at a 51% higher rate than those who do not.
Seniors at the schools we serve complete the FAFSA or Dream Act at an 18% higher rate than the state average – a key indicator of potential college enrollment.
70% of Step Up interns say their internship helped them decide which future career to pursue.
While we don’t yet know the full impact of COVID-19, we do know that today’s students must be prepared to learn and work in an increasingly competitive environment that will only become more challenging in the months ahead.
Thank you for your generous #SpringForwardMN support, which helps ensure that ALL students have full access to the support and resources they need to achieve their career and college dreams and become our next generation of dynamic, engaged leaders.
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