City businesses encouraged to participate in STEP-UP summer jobs program

Now is the time for Minneapolis companies to get on board with the City's STEP-UP Achieve summer jobs program.

The City’s STEP-UP Achieve summer jobs program prepares youth for future employment by offering summer work experience and training at Minneapolis businesses. When Minneapolis businesses become STEP-UP partners, they help provide new opportunities for young people to get a summer job. Each additional job pledged to STEP-UP provides a potentially life-changing opportunity for a young person and helps strengthen our region’s high-skill, knowledge-based economy.

Since its creation in 2004, STEP-UP has created valuable workplace experiences for more than 14,000 Minneapolis youth (ages 14-21) and was highlighted as a national model at a White House conference in early January. STEP-UP Achieve, a component of the STEP-UP program jointly run by the City of Minneapolis and AchieveMpls, trains and places young people in employer-paid internships with top local companies, public agencies and nonprofit organizations.

As of today, more than 80 employers have publically signed on to provide more than 550 employer-paid STEP-UP Achieve jobs in 2012. Current STEP-UP Achieve employers increasing the number of jobs they will offer in 2012 include Adolfson & Peterson Construction, the City of Minneapolis, HealthPartners, Hennepin County, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, U.S. Bancorp, University of Minnesota, VA Medical Center, Wells Fargo and Xcel Energy. New companies joining the STEP-UP Achieve program include ABM Janitorial, Agosto, Inc, Clear Channel Outdoor, Mark O. Finney DDS, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, and Reve Consulting. A full list of companies who have pledged jobs this year can be found on the AchieveMpls.org website.

For more information about pledging a job for the STEP-UP Achieve summer jobs program or attending an upcoming STEP-UP Achieve employer information session, contact Jeremiah Brown at (612) 455-1562 or jbrown@achievempls.org or visit AchieveMpls.org.

Published Feb. 6, 2012