Educational Institutions

AchieveMpls

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • www.achievempls.org

Mission Statement

As the strategic nonprofit partner of the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), our shared goal is every student career and college ready. Each year we offer personalized post-secondary career and college planning resources to 9,000 MPS students in our Career & College Centers, provide work readiness training and 700 paid internships through STEP-UP Achieve (part of the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program), engage 800 community members as Graduation Coaches and career exploration volunteers, and raise funds for MPS strategic priorities. Learn more at www.achievempls.org.

Main Programs

  1. STEP-UP Achieve
  2. Graduation Coaches and Community Engagement
  3. Career & College Centers
Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

We serve students in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) through our Career & College Centers, and youth living in the City of Minneapolis through STEP-UP Achieve, our youth employment program. Volunteer and Community Engagement events are open to the general public.

ruling year

1982

President & CEO since 2016

Self-reported

Danielle Grant

Keywords

Self-reported

education, college access, youth employment, youth development, community engagement

Notes from the Nonprofit

We're proud of our Charities Review Council stamp of approval, our Charity Navigator rating, and our Philanthropedia ranking as a top nonprofit serving at-risk youth in Minnesota. Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information about our programs or you have any questions about our work.

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Also Known As

AchieveMpls

EIN

41-1425264

 Number

1306729199

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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AchieveMpls is the nonprofit partner of the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). Our mission is to mobilize a wide web of community support and resources to ensure equitable opportunities and career and college readiness for all students. Over the last decade we have placed more than 8,000 low-income youth in paid summer jobs, helped raise the college-going rate for MPS graduates by more than ten percentage points, and engaged over 1,000 businesses and nonprofits to support public education in our city.

While MPS focuses on preparing students academically, we are creating a comprehensive system of programs and partnerships to offer students the non-academic skills, resources, and experiences they need to succeed in the 21st Century workplace. The three programs in our Career and College Initiative make a long-term impact on students' lives by making one-on-one career and college support available to 9,000 Minneapolis high school students, offering work training and paid internships with over 160 of the city's leading employers, and building supportive relationships through long-term mentoring with caring adults. Our events strive to engage our community in conversations about issues in public education and provide opportunities to get involved in and support our schools and our students.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

STEP-UP Achieve

STEP-UP Achieve—part of the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program — connects businesses with the next generation of talented and diverse workers, provides critical job training and hands-on experience for Minneapolis youth and builds a stronger Twin Cities workforce for our knowledge-based global economy.

One of the country's premiere youth employment programs, STEP-UP Achieve places 800 Minneapolis youth (ages 16-21) each year in paid internships with 150 top Twin Cities companies, nonprofits and public agencies. STEP-UP Achieve provides work readiness training, on-the-job experience, professional connections and ongoing support throughout a student's internship. Our new Career Pipelines program provides year-round career development opportunities through targeted trainings, career exposure events, and industry-recognized certification programs in five key industries: Financial Services, Health Care, Legal Services, Outdoor-Environment-Recreational, and STEM.

Category

Employment

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years)

None

Budget

Program 2

Graduation Coaches and Community Engagement

Our Graduation Coaches program connects adult mentors to 9th and 12th grade students. Mentors meet with students twice a month and help students stay on track, graduate on time and make a great plan for life after high school.

AchieveMpls also coordinates a variety of public events designed to inform and engage our community about current topics in education.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

Program 3

Career & College Centers

Our Career & College Centers (CCCs) are located in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) high schools throughout Minneapolis. CCCs are staffed by a full-time Coordinator who helps students navigate the post-secondary planning process (college and financial aid applications), explore career opportunities and connect to other career and college planning programs. CCCs serve all MPS high school students.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of youth who are placed in STEP-UP Achieve Internships each year

Target Population
Adolescents (13-19 years), Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
STEP-UP Achieve
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
STEP-UP Achieve placed 750 young people in paid internships with corporations, small-businesses, government agencies and non-profits in our community.

2. Amount earned in summer wages by STEP-UP Achieve Interns

Target Population
Adolescents (13-19 years), Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
STEP-UP Achieve
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
STEP-UP Achieve Interns earned $1.1 million in summer wages - the majority of which is used to help support their families or pay for post secondary education.

3. Number of volunteers

Target Population
Adults

Connected to a Program?
Graduation Coaches and Community Engagement
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Volunteers serve as Graduation Coaches, Career Fair presenters, provide career exploration opportunities, help student practice interview skills and more.

4. Percentage of graduating seniors who have a post high school graduation plan

Target Population
Adolescents (13-19 years), Students

Connected to a Program?
Career & College Centers
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Our CCCs provide individual guidance and support to students to ensure they have a plan for life after high school.

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Career and College Initiative is designed to meet students' non-academic needs for post-secondary success in the 21st Century economy. By connecting students to college resources, career experiences, and community support from caring adults, our CCI programs make a long-term impact on students' lives by showing them the tangible connections between academic effort and future success. Failure to see this connection is the number one reason high school dropouts cite for leaving school.

    1. Career and College Center coordinators will ensure every senior has an academic and financial plan for life after high school.

    2. 90% of MPS seniors will submit an application to a post-secondary education institution.

    3. At least 2,000 low-income youth complete STEP-UP's four-week Work Readiness Training, and at least 700 young people experience meaningful, paid summer employment with STEP-UP Achieve. Hundreds of other successful trainees will be placed in jobs with nonprofit groups and government agencies through STEP-UP Discover, run by the City of Minneapolis.

    4. Over 160 employers partner with STEP-UP Achieve to hire low-income students for paid internships.

    5. More than 700 community members will give more than 4,000 hours of service to Minneapolis students.

    6. Over 150 students participating in the Graduation Coaches program will build a relationship with a caring adult, complete important college-going milestones, and complete the program on track to graduate.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    AchieveMpls Career and College Centers (CCCs) are open to every MPS student, every day, in all 7 comprehensive high school and 3 alternative schools. Each CCC Coordinator is an AchieveMpls employee and a member of the school counseling team. Students come to our centers for classes and workshops, one-on-one help from coordinators, and to use computers equipped with advanced college search software. Last year, our Coordinators met one-on-one with 78% of seniors to help ensure they achieved the key college-going milestones of meeting a college representative, completing financial aid forms, taking the ACT, and submitting a college application.

    Every year, STEP-UP Achieve helps over 700 low-income students explore the world of work and make professional connections through paid internships with more than 160 Twin Cities employers, from corporations like Boston Scientific, Medtronic, and U.S. Bank, to law firms, healthcare providers, and the Minnesota Twins. An innovative, public-private partnership with a unique emphasis on Work Readiness Training, STEP-UP has made Minneapolis a national model for youth employment.

    Our Community in the Schools team is creating a bridge between the city and its public schools by hosting community forums on education issues; matching 9th and 12th grade high school students with Graduation Coachesas mentors; bringing in hundreds of volunteers to educate students about their careers; and offering short- and long-term volunteer opportunities for individuals and businesses.

    Our public events give community members an opportunity to learn more about current issues in education. Our annual Education Partners Luncheon brings together more than 700 business and community leaders to share their support for public education and hear a keynote address from speakers such as Reshma Saujani (CEO & Founder of Girls Who Code), Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Wes Moore (Founder and CEO of BridgeEdU) and more. Our EDTalks series is a lively series of networking and education events that engages young professionals in public education issues in the Twin Cities. Each program features two compelling 20-minute presentations by cutting-edge educators, youth advocates, journalists, artists, policy-makers and others, along with ample time for conversation and networking. We collaborate and share best practices with other education and youth development organizations to strengthen our collective impact.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    As the nonprofit partner to the Minneapolis Public Schools, AchieveMpls is creating a collaborative, city-wide system to offer MPS students the resources, skills, and social capital they need to attend college (professional certification programs, technical, 2- or 4-year institutions) and succeed in a career. The three programs in our Career and College Initiative are sending hundreds of low-income students into paid internships with over 160 employers; bringing community members into deeper engagement with public education; and making career and college resources available to every student, every day through centers in all MPS high schools. The majority of our services support low-income students (66% of MPS student body) and students of color (68% of MPS students).

    We are governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 22 business, government, and community leaders. Danielle Grant, our President & CEO joins AchieveMpls after 9 years working for Minneapolis Public Schools as the Executive Director of Educational & Cultural Services and Indian Education, and Director of Indian Education. Prior to her work with MPS, Danielle was the Director of Policy and Communications for the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, where she built and managed community collaborations designed to mprove health, increase stability and ensure school success for Minneapolis children and youth. Danielle leads 33 AchieveMpls employees who come from backgrounds as diverse as corporate sales and marketing, nonprofit management, and higher and secondary education. Last year, hundreds of community, corporate and higher education volunteers gave thousands of hours to our programs, helping students through career mentoring, workshops on job skills and financial literacy, college prep tutoring, and other activities in and out of school.

    In 2013, we were one of six organizations selected for a prestigious $200,000 Social Innovation Fund (SIF) federal grant, administered by Generation Next. The SIF grant is enabling us to improve STEP-UP trainings and partner with the University of Minnesota on a major study of the effects of youth employment on academic and career outcomes. As a SIF grantee, AchieveMpls is playing a lead role in Generation Next's mission to create regional collaboration on programs proven to help close the Twin Cities' academic achievement gap.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    STEP-UP Achieve
    Youth Outputs
    *4,000 youth apply
    *2,000 youth complete Work-Readiness Training (1,000 Achieve/Advanced)
    *750+ Achieve internships
    *300 interns complete specialized career trainings
    *100 attend extra enrichments
    *30 interns professionally certified (w/ credential)
    *40 interns earn Work-Based Learning credit
    employment programs
    *$1.3 million in student wages earned annually
    Employer Outputs
    *Over 160 companies, 400 supervisors employ/ support SUA interns
    Systems Building
    Private Partnerships
    *5 pipeline committees of 5+ partners fully engaged
    *Strategy/framework for pipeline activities; activity planning and resourcing
    MPS, other providers
    *Work and training experience recognized across programs
    *Alignment of applications, training, employment

    Career and College Centers
    *100% of juniors report being informed about post-secondary test options.
    *Coordinators facilitate opportunities so 100% of seniors meet at least one college representative.
    *90% of graduating seniors complete and submit an application to a post-secondary institution.
    *FAFSA: Schools whose current rates are 45% or below will reach 50% completion. Schools whose current rates are above 50% will increase by 5 percentage points.
    *Each CCC will have a consistent system of CCR services based on best practices and implemented according to a yearly schedule.
    *Every student has access to a supportive adult to guide them through a holistic college-going process.

    Community Engagement
    *EdTalks: 320 total attendees, 250 unique attendees
    *Graduation Coaches: 150 coach/student pairs
    *Career fairs/presentation: 220 unique career presenters
    *Partnerships: 12 new business and 8 new non-profit/faith-based partners. These partners meet their work plan goals. 90% of former partners remain engaged and 10% of partners get involved in a new way.
    *Volunteer management: over 700 unique volunteers who work with students
    *4000 volunteer hours with students each year
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    AchieveMpls builds community-wide partnerships, mobilizes individual volunteers, and uses the expertise and experience of our own staff to help thousands of Minneapolis Public School students prepare for college and careers. In 2013, the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce named us their 2014 Nonprofit of the Year as part of their Best in Business Awards.

    Other Highlights from our 2015-16 Fiscal Year:

    This summer, nearly 2,000 students completed STEP-UP Work Readiness Training. In total, we placed 650 trainees in STEP-UP ACHIEVE SUMMER INTERNSHIPS with more than 150 employers. Hundreds more trainees were placed in STEP-UP Discover internships with local nonprofits managed by the City of Minneapolis.

    We continue to track individual student usage of the CAREER AND COLLEGE CENTERS (CCC) using swipe card scanners. Our 9 coordinators in 11 schools met one-on-one with 3,538 students. That is over 40% of all students. They gave one-on-one post-secondary help to 78% of all seniors. 87% of all students who visited our CCC this year completed an application to a post-secondary institution.

    Last year, 800 community volunteers gave more than 4,000 hours to Minneapolis Public School students through AchieveMpls programs. They mentored students as Graduation Coaches, inspired them with stories of their professional journeys during career events, and offered multi-week workshops in financial literacy and career skills. 96% of volunteers said they had a rewarding experience.

    80 community members served as Graduation Coaches to 135 9th and 12th grade students in four of the major Minneapolis High Schools. Our 9th grade model focused on study skills, relationship building and early college and career awareness. Our 12th grade model focused on post-secondary planning. This year, we anticipate serving twice the number of students.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

We serve students in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) through our Career & College Centers, and youth living in the City of Minneapolis through STEP-UP Achieve, our youth employment program. Volunteer and Community Engagement events are open to the general public.

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Financials

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Achieve Minneapolis
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

AchieveMpls

Leadership

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President & CEO

Danielle Grant

BIO

Danielle brings over twenty years of experience in public policy, community engagement and collaboration building, program design, management and evaluation, and strategic planning and implementation. She has held several positions with Minneapolis Public Schools, including Executive Director of Educational & Cultural Services and Indian Education, and Director of Indian Education.

Prior to her work with MPS, Danielle was the Director of Policy and Communications for the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, where she built and managed community collaborations designed to improve health, increase stability and ensure school success for Minneapolis children and youth.

Danielle, who is Turtle Mountain Ojibwe, was named Minnesota's Outstanding American Indian Administrator by the Minnesota Indian Education Association in 2012. She currently serves as the board chair of American Indian OIC and is also a long time board member of the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

When she's not working she enjoys reading, exercise, outdoor activities and spending time with her husband Bryce and their family and friends.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Tom Holman

The Morning Foundation

Term: July 2016 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?