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AchieveMpls Volunteer Opportunity: Seeking Graduation Coaches for Minneapolis High School Students

Via a recent Press Release from AchieveMpls:

AchieveMpls, the nonprofit partner of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), is recruiting adult volunteers to serve as Graduation Coaches for 9th and 12th grade students in MPS schools during the 2018-19 school year. Whether you're a young professional or a retiree, an executive or an artist, we're looking for caring, open-minded adults who enjoy working with young people.

Research shows that a supportive adult can powerfully impact a young person’s academic and personal success. Students with mentors are more likely to feel connected to school, have better self-esteem and experience greater success in setting and achieving their goals. But one in three young people will grow up without this kind of additional adult support. 

AchieveMpls Graduation Coaches help close this gap by providing personalized guidance to MPS students twice each month in a classroom setting throughout the academic year, from September - May. Coaches meet with individual 12th grade students or small groups of 9th graders to help them transition into and out of high school and build the skills and confidence they need to be successful in school and beyond. Coaches can also offer additional monitored support via email between sessions. 

All Graduation Coaches receive volunteer training, program curriculum and ongoing supervision and support throughout the school year.

For more information about the program, participant videos and application form, visit or contact Amy Shapiro at or 612-455-1550.  All applications are due Friday, June 15. Volunteers from diverse communities are particularly encouraged to apply.

About AchieveMpls
As the strategic nonprofit partner of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), AchieveMpls rallies community support to inspire and equip Minneapolis students for careers, college and life. We manage Career & College Centers in 11 MPS high schools, train and place over 1,600 young people in paid STEP-UP internships with 200+ employers each year, engage hundreds of volunteers as Graduation Coaches and career exploration volunteers, raise support for MPS strategic priorities, and manage MPS school and department funds. Join us a volunteer, employer, donor or partner at

Become an AchieveMpls Graduation Coach for the 2018-19 School Year
The single most important factor in a young person’s success is a consistent relationship with a caring, supportive adult—but unfortunately one in three young people grows up without a mentor. AchieveMpls Graduation Coaches help fill this gap by providing personalized support to 9th and 12th grade Minneapolis Public Schools students as they transition into and out of high school and build the skills and confidence they need to be successful in school and beyond.  Graduation Coaches volunteer for two classroom hours each month throughout the school year with a small group of 9th graders or one-on-one with 12th grade students. We provide the curriculum, structure and training—you bring the wisdom and encouragement! Apply today at For more information, contact Amy Shapiro at or 612-455-1550.

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