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$11,093 raised by 79 donors

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. As one of the Twin Cities' leading career and college readiness organizations, we connect over 20,000 students each year with equity-focused, culturally responsive career and college advising and resources that equip them to begin a path toward purposeful, life-enriching careers.

Your Give to the Max Day gift supports: 

  • Career and college readiness centers in 19 Minneapolis and Saint Paul public high schools: Our renowned centers are open to all students, providing customized guidance in exploring and planning for life after high school. We provide expert one-on-one career and college advising, host career exploration events and college fairs, assist with postsecondary, FAFSA and scholarship applications, and connect students with internships, job opportunities and many other resources. We're also continuing to address the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on student mental health, engagement and access to career and postsecondary opportunities.
  • The Step Up Youth Employment Program: Step Up prepares Minneapolis youth for tomorrow's careers by providing training and paid career experiences for nearly 1,400 Minneapolis students (ages 14-21) each year. With a collective of partners spanning 15 industries, Step Up is a backbone of support that unites businesses, schools, nonprofits and the city together in a common goal: to build and strengthen our future economy and the talented youth who will power it. Step Up is a partnership of the City of Minneapolis, AchieveMpls, Careerforce Minneapolis and Project for Pride in Living. 
  • Achieve College Internships: This new program provides career-building opportunities for college juniors - including former Step Up participants and African-American male scholars - who are underrepresented in our local companies and college internship programs. In collaboration with the Minnesota Private College Fund, the program connects students with high-quality paid internships, mentors and professional networks. It also helps employers strengthen their recruitment and retention of talented, diverse students who want to launch their careers in the Twin Cities.
  • Career exploration events: We help students explore and discover future careers through in-school career events, company worksite tours and other activities with local professionals and organizations. Volunteers donate their time and expertise to help students identify career interests, learn about training opportunities and practice resume and interview skills. They also support Step Up interns during the annual Step Up Mock Interviews, coaching young people on their interview and presentation skills in preparation for summer internships. 
  • Minneapolis Public Schools Resource Support. As the strategic nonprofit partner of Minneapolis Public Schools, (MPS), we serve as the MPS foundation, assisting the district in securing major grants for STEM programs, college and career readiness and other district priorities. We also manage over $1 million in private donations to MPS schools and departments, administer college scholarships and award mini-grants for staff development and classroom projects.
  • EDTalks: Through EDTalks and other public engagement 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: 

  • BIPOC students who utilize our career and college readiness centers enroll in postsecondary education at a 74% higher rate than those who do not.
  • Low income students who utilize our centers enroll in postsecondary education at a 67% higher rate. 
  • Seniors at the schools we serve complete the FAFSA or Dream Act at higher rates 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.

Thanks in advance for your generous support, which helps ensure that ALL students have full access to the support, resources and connections they need to achieve their career and college dreams and become our next generation of community leaders! 

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Education Economic Development

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Significantly impacted by pandemic

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2829 University Ave SE Suite 850
Minneapolis, MN 55414



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