STEP-UP wraps up yet another successful summer youth employment program
The City’s youth employment program, STEP-UP, wrapped up another successful summer with nearly 1,700 Minneapolis youths and young adults ages 14-21 completing internships in the Twin Cities. This year 230 participating government agencies, nonprofits and corporations throughout the Twin Cities metro area hosted the youths.
More than 800 STEP-UP employers, interns and community supporters attended the event, which was held at the Guthrie Theater last week. The awards were presented by STEP-UP co-chairs R.T. Rybak, CEO and president of The Minneapolis Foundation, and Richard Davis, chairman of U.S. Bank, and David Frank, interim director of the City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
2017 award winners include:
STEP-UP employer of the year
- Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
STEP-UP discover intern of the year
- Ramahn Bell, Minneapolis Urban League.
- Jalyn Hall, North Community YMCA.
STEP-UP achieve intern of the year
- Damari Jordan-Onchiri, Department of Human Services.
- Joshua Mendez, Northside News.
STEP-UP discover supervisor of the year
- Kowanna Powell Anderson, Minneapolis Community Education.
- Sadiya Kahn, Children’s Dental Services.
STEP-UP achieve supervisor of the year
- Deka Kari, Hennepin County.
- Amanda Packer, Xcel Energy.
STEP-UP is the City of Minneapolis internship program for young adults ages 14-21. Each year, STEP-UP recruits, trains and places more than 1,600 Minneapolis youths who face some of the greatest barriers to employment in meaningful paid internships with more than 200 top Twin Cities businesses, public agencies and nonprofits, building a stronger future workforce for our knowledge-based regional economy.
As one of the country's premier youth employment programs, STEP-UP serves particularly youths of color, from low-income families, from immigrant families and with disabilities. The City of Minneapolis’ STEP-UP program is in partnership with AchieveMpls, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Project for Pride in Living.
STEP-UP interns explore diverse career interests, gain valuable on-the-job skills, make strong professional connections and prepare for meaningful careers. Before being placed into their internships, most STEP-UP participants receive 7-14 hours of work-readiness training and complete mock interviews that prepare them for their experiences.
Created in 2004, STEP-UP has provided more than 24,000 internship opportunities. In 2017, 85 percent of the interns are of color and 48 percent are from immigrant families. Learn more about STEP-UP at the City of Minneapolis website. Follow STEP-UP on social media with hashtag #STEPUPMPLS.
Published Aug 22, 2017