Growing our future leaders
The fourth cohort of Urban Scholars began work last week in 17 different City departments and in the City Council offices. The Urban Scholars program provides a full-time paid internship to college students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, giving them a professional employment experience focused on gaining essential leadership skills and creating a resume-building career pathway. The 12-week program runs through Aug. 14.
This year’s 56 scholars were chosen from more than 400 applicants. The students selected are working in key areas of City government and public policy.The City and partnering organizations hope to develop young people’s talents so theycan begin careers in the public and private sectors and someday be the next generation of City leaders. The 56 scholars attend colleges across the country.
For the second year in a row, Urban Scholars is working with six partner organizations: Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Public Schools, Greater Twin Cities United Way, State of Minnesota, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation and PCL Construction.
In addition to their full-time work, the Urban Scholars will complete small group projects built around a problem or issue of particular interest. The purpose is to create alearning environment where skills in leadership, professional development and public speaking can be applied in a hands-on approach. Throughout the summer, Urban Scholars will also participate in a number of activities including a site visit to the Federal Reserve, rebuilding a school media center and a roundtable discussion with Mayor Betsy Hodges. The Shannon Leadership Institute will also facilitate leadership skills development , and Toastmaster’s International has set up a special section specifically for Urban Scholars to develop their communication skills.
Urban Scholars is managed by the Equity Division of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, which aims to close the employment gap in a city and metro area that suffer from one of the highest employment disparities between people of color and white people in the country.
Published Jun 2, 2015