How to apply to STEP-UP
The application for summer 2017 has now closed. Applications for 2018 will open in December.
- Find out If You’re Eligible for the Program:
• Live in Minneapolis
• Be 14-21 years old on June 1, 2017
• Not be currently enrolled in college (PSEO is okay). Current college students may consider the Urban Scholars Program.
• Meet certain income guidelines (see below) or have a substantial barrier to employment including students with disabilities, IEPs,
English language learners, or pregnant and parenting teens. If you are unsure if you qualify, please apply.
• Applicants must be eligible to work in the US (by June 1, 2017) and have proper documentation
Your Family’s income should be at or below these levels. This is a guideline only. If you aren’t sure if you qualify, please apply!
• 1 person in family: $46,000 • 5 persons: $71,000
• 2 persons: $52,600 • 6 persons: $76,250
• 3 persons: $59,150 • 7 persons: $81,500
• 4 persons: $65,700 • 8 persons: $86,750
2. Gather this information for your STEP-UP application:
• Are you eligible for Free School Lunch or Reduced School Lunch?
• What is your FAMILY’S income for the last 6 months only?
• What is your OWN income for the last 6 months only?
• Do you and/or your parent or guardian receive any of the following assistance?
♦ Foster Care Allowance
♦ Food Stamps
♦ MFIP/TANF, General Assistance
♦ Refugee Cash Assistance
3. Apply For STEP-UP
The application for summer 2017 has now closed. Applications for 2018 will open in December.
For program information and updates, like the STEP-UP Facebook page!
Need help? Computers, web access and help with your application are available at:
• Your high school Career & College Center or counseling office
• Minneapolis Public Libraries
• North and South Minneapolis Workface Centers
After you apply:
• Students will be advised of their STEP-UP application status through mail and email in mid-February.
• If you are accepted, you will be scheduled to attend work readiness training in March or April. YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL TRAINING
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A STEP-UP JOB.
• Be sure to check your email at least ONCE A WEEK for important information about acceptance and training. See below for exact
2017 Program Timeline and Information
STEP-UP Program Timeline
• December 6, 2016 – Online application available for youth to apply for STEP-UP
• February 10, 2017 – Youth application closed, last day to apply for STEP-UP
• The week of February 20th – Notification emails and letters are sent to youth
• March/April 2017 – Work Readiness Training. All trainings are at MCTC, 1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
Achieve (16-21 years old as of June 1, 2017)
You will be assigned ONE Saturday training date below from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, OR 3/25
Discover (14-15 years old as of June 1, 2017)
If you are in high school, you will be assigned TWO Saturday training dates below from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: 3/4, 3/11, 3/18 OR 3/25.
If you are in middle School, you will be assigned TWO Saturday training dates from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: 4/8 AND 4/15.
• Attend your Mock Interview! You will be assigned ONE of the following dates: 4/10, 4/11, 4/12 OR 4/13. 8th graders do not attend mock interviews.
• May/June – Intake interviews and/or job Placement
• June 19th – first day of work for most interns
• August 18th – last day of work for most interns
Students will be advised of their STEP-UP application status through mail and email during the week of February 20th.
Training for accepted applicants will take place in February, March and/or April.
Check your email at least once a week for important information about acceptance and training.
STEP-UP Intern Benefits
- Provides opportunities to explore careers and gain the work skills, job experience, social capital and confidence necessary to help achieve their education and professional goals
- Builds 21st Century skills in communications, collaboration and problem-solving for today’s professional environment
- Develops a network of caring adult professionals to support career and post-secondary goals
- Offers career laddering opportunities—including advanced level internships and industry-specific trainings—helping interns connect their career interests with post-secondary education and career planning.
- Provides internships that pay up to $2,000 in wages
Interested in Becoming a STEP-UP Employer?
To Pledge to hire STEP-UP interns for summer 2017, click here.
• Step-Up Program Brochure (pdf)
• 2016 STEP-UP Data (pdf)
Entry-level internships for youth with limited work experience designed to develop skills and explore interests in preparation for more challenging opportunities, including STEP-UP Achieve. Youth, generally are ages 14-15 and work in nonprofit organizations. This program is directed by the City of Minneapolis. To host a STEP-UP Discover intern at your agency (with wages paid by STEP-UP), please contact Nina Robertson at 612-673-5118.
Career-oriented internships for older STEP-UP interns who are seeking a professional experience and more challenging opportunities. Youth, ages 16-21, work in private sector businesses, public agencies and nonprofits. The program is directed by AchieveMpls. To hire a STEP-UP Achieve intern at your business, please contact Matt Norris at 612-455-1565.
Concentrated work and training opportunities in a specific trade or industry in a cohort model. Generally, youth are age’s 14-21.This program also provides supported training and work experiences for youth with disabilities. This program is directed by the City of Minneapolis. Contact Anna Peterson at 612-673-5234 for more information.
How Community and School Leaders Can Support Their Youth
Materials for STEP-UP Supervisors
The following is a list of forms that are available for download. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view and print them.
Forms to be Copied
STEP-UP is the City of Minneapolis internships program for young adults ages 14-21. Each year, STEP-UP recruits, trains and places more than 1,500 Minneapolis young people in meaningful paid internships with over 230 top Twin Cities businesses, public agencies and nonprofits.
As one of the country's premiere youth employment programs, STEP-UP serves populations that face some of the greatest barriers to employment, particularly youth from low income families, youth of color, youth from immigrant families, and youth with disabilities.
Since our inception in 2004, STEP-UP has created nearly 24,000 meaningful internships for youth, helping young people to gain 21st century skills, build professional connections, explore career interests, and begin the path to educational and career success.
Youth complete a competitive application process and work readiness training to be considered for a position with one of over 230 participating businesses in both public and private sector.
Program Leadership and Partners
Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis
Mayor Hodges leads the charge to address the achievement gap that exists for youth of color in Minneapolis and recognizes STEP-UP as a key strategy in that work. She proposed additional funding for STEP-UP in the 2016 city budget and is behind the initiative to replicate STEP-UP in other communities around Minnesota.
R.T. Rybak, CEO and President of The Minneapolis Foundation
In his position as founder and co-chair, R.T. Rybak continues to champion the effort to inform businesses of the value of hiring motivated, diverse, and talented STEP-UP interns.
Richard Davis- Chairman and CEO of U.S. Bancorp
Richard Davis co-chairs STEP-UP with R.T. Rybak. He has been involved in the program since its inception in 2004, providing guidance and support for the program in addition to hiring as many as 30 interns each summer.
Partnership is critical to the success of STEP-UP. City of Minneapolis Employment and Training partners with the following organizations to operate STEP-UP:
AchieveMpls leads STEP-UP Achieve, the private sector component of STEP-UP. The STEP-UP Achieve team recruits employers, prepares applicants for a successful internship, and supports employers and interns throughout the summer. In addition, AchieveMpls is responsible for youth recruitment in the schools, work readiness training for approximately 3,000 youth, and the establishment and maintenance of the STEP-UP alumni network.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board operates the classroom training for STEP-UP Discover interns. Each intern participates in a three hour weekly class and has the opportunity to earn high school credit. Classes focus on making the connection between academics and work and include math, English, STEM and life skills curricula.
Minnesota Workforce Centers (part of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development) manage many aspects of the STEP-UP Discover and STEP-UP Explore components including interviewing and matching youth with internships at participating non-profit businesses. The Workforce Center team also supports and monitors the employers and interns throughout the summer experience.
Project for Pride in Living (PPL) provides work readiness training for STEP-UP Discover interns, preparing youth for their summer work experience with 12 hours of classroom training. In addition, PPL offers a specialized healthcare training for STEP-UP Achieve interns who are matched with positions in healthcare.
For youth 14 or15 years old, Discover offers entry-level internships for youth with limited work experience designed to develop skills and explore interests in preparation for more challenging opportunities, including STEP-UP Achieve. Youth work in nonprofit organizations. This program is directed by the City of Minneapolis.
For questions about STEP-UP, contact Nina Robertson at 612-673-5118.
Last updated Feb 11, 2017