By: Brianna DeVore 08/01/2014
August 15 will mark the end of STEP-UP Achieve’s 10th year of providing paid summer internships to disadvantaged Minneapolis youth aged 14-21. Through STEP-UP’s internships, young people are given the opportunity to gain work-force experience while earning money and receiving training in important life skill areas, such as resume building and interview coaching. This program, run by the nonprofit AchieveMpls and the city of Minneapolis, has placed teenagers and young adults in nearly 18,000 internships across over 230 employers city-wide throughout its 10-year run. North Minneapolis teens comprise a significant portion of this number; in 2012, for example, 50 percent of all STEP-UP participants were from the Northside.