The Minneapolis Promise
- Over 14,000 Minneapolis youth have received summer jobs through the STEP-UP program since 2004.
- 86% of STEP-UP youth are of color.
- 93% of STEP-UP interns come from families living in poverty and with limited access to professional training or employment opportunities.
- 211 businesses employed 1,980 youth during summer 2011.
- The top five STEP-UP private sector employers in 2011 were U.S. Bancorp, Wells Fargo, HealthPartners, Thrivent and Best Buy.
College & Career Centers
- Centers are located in seven Minneapolis Public High Schools and in eight specialty high schools.
- Minneapolis Public School students visited the Centers 67,000 times in the 2010-11 school year.
- Nearly 17,000 students visited the Centers to work on My Life Plan milestones in the 2010-2011 school year.
- Center coordinators provided individual assistance to more than 3,000 students in the 2010-2011 school year.
- Graduation rates have risen from 53% to 78% since the Centers were established in 2005.
- College enrollment has risen from 48% to 63% since the Centers were established in 2005.
- The rate of students taking the ACT has risen from 50% to 79% since the Centers were established in 2005.
- 1,117 Minneapolis graduates have enrolled in college via Power of YOU since 2006.
- 686 Minneapolis graduates have enrolled at the University of Minnesota through U Promise since 2006.
- 191 STEP-UP interns have enrolled at the University of Minnesota from since 2006.
- Visits every ninth grade class, since 2007, at Minneapolis Public High Schools to talk about planning for their future.
- Promotes college awareness through "I Know I Can Day," reaching out to third graders at Minneapolis Public Schools since 2007.
- Encourages local employers to pledge summer jobs for STEP-UP youth.
Last updated Jan 4, 2012