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Project Mission: Mentoring Through Technology to Promote Student Achievement

Achieve! Minneapolis, a Project Partner Go to Web site

About Us

Established in 1989, Achieve!Minneapolis (formerly Youth Trust) was created to build and enhance the linkage between the business community and the Minneapolis Public Schools. Our aim is to build a stronger, better-educated student body and better prepared workforce.


To galvanize community resources to help all Minneapolis Public School students succeed in school and become productive citizens.

Our goal is to increase support (dollars, in-kind donations, advice, partnerships, volunteer time, opportunities for young people) of every kind…

From every part of the community (business, labor, government, faith-based groups, nonprofits, foundations, higher education, teachers, parents, students, alumni, and other interested individuals)…

For every level of the effort (the district, schools, educators, families, and the student)…

To help students succeed in school (to attend, to learn, to grow, to graduate)…

And after graduation (in postsecondary education, at work, and as citizens of the community).

Reason for Involvement in this Project

One of Achieve!Minneapolis’s most innovative tools is its e-mentoring program. Recognized nationwide as one of the first, and leading, mentoring programs to develop a curriculum-based, "adopt a classroom" model, it uses e-mail technology to connect students with caring adults and increase their writing skills, while teaching marketable skills.

In 2000, Achieve!Minneapolis’s Cargill/Olson e-mentoring Program was one of seven projects in the U.S. to be recognized by the Southern Bell Foundation for innovative use of technology in partnerships. The award was given during an Awards Luncheon at the National Partners In Education Conference in Houston.

Role in Connecting to Success

As e-mentoring is the centerpiece of Connecting to Success, Achieve!Minneapolis was invited to provide consultative and training assistance in establishing models in rural and urban communities in Minnesota and Iowa. Achieve!Minneapolis is equally interested in learning how to best apply e-mentoring to serve transition students in various capacities. The importance of connecting a working/caring adult with a challenged youth through the continuous exchange of communication by e-mail provides a number of positive outcomes. They include: a student who feels more connected, a student who learns to write in a more organized manner, and a student who learns more about basic and marketable skills.

Contact Information

111 Third Avenue South, Suite 120
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 612-455-1530
Fax: 612-455-1531
E -mail:

Other Partners

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
• Achieve!Minneapolis
Iowa Paths Systems Change Project
The Minnesota Department of Education
U.S. Department of Labor

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