The Minneapolis Promise
"Preparing our youth for their future…and ours."
The Minneapolis Promise is an innovative cluster of coordinated efforts designed to eliminate barriers to college for Minneapolis students. The Minneapolis Promise helps students get on the path to success and says to our young people that if they stay in school and focus on where they want to go, Minneapolis will help get them get there. Becoming a national innovative model, The Minneapolis Promise provides young people with:
- counseling to help them plan a vision for their future,
- quality summer jobs to prepare them for the workforce, and
- financial assistance to attend college.
Tools to succeed
Step One: College and Career Centers
Privately funded College and Career Centers are now located inside all seven Minneapolis public high schools. In each center students will find a room full of computers, trained counselors and college planning resources to plan their future. In 9th grade, every high school student develops a personalized "My Life Plan," an online college planning tool. The Centers help students make smarter decisions earlier about where they want to go with their future and how to get there.
Step Two: STEP-UP Summer Jobs
Mayor Rybak started the STEP-UP youth summer jobs program in 2002 to help give more young people access to quality summer jobs, ideally connected to their career interest. Today, STEP-UP is Minneapolis’ largest youth job training program providing jobs to 1,300 young people (Summer 2009). STEP-UP also gives young people a comprehensive work readiness training program certified by the Chamber of Commerce. In all, City jobs programs employed more than 2,300 youth working at nearly more than 200 different businesses, community organizations and government agencies.
Step Three: Financial Assistance for College University of Minnesota Scholarships, and Augsburg College Scholarships
Financial challenges are among the strongest barriers to higher education and removing those barriers opens up endless options for our youth. That’s why Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), Metro State University, the University of Minnesota, and Augsburg College now offer free college tuition to Minneapolis high school graduates. Since the Power of YOU launched in 2006, it has helped 640 Minneapolis students enroll at MCTC. The Founders Free Tuition Program started in 2006 (now the U Promise Free Tuition Scholarship), has given college aid to 353 Minneapolis students. That’s already nearly 1,000 students with free tuition through The Minneapolis Promise!
Last updated Feb 7, 2017