We Volunteered with 100 Strong Who Care on 1/30/14

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A Program Designed to Prepare Minneapolis Public School Students for Higher Education and Career Opportunities
Description
100 Strong Who Care assists MPS with closing the “opportunity gap” for students of color in Minnesota.
The primary goals of the program are to:
Inspire MPS students
Leverage diversity and inclusion within MPS Increase the impact of the community on students’ success
Increase MPS graduation rates
The program aims to accomplish these goals by partnering with diverse communities in order to bring “inspirational models” into MPS classrooms.
The objectives of the program are to:
*Create sustainable 100 Strong Who Care events and diverse partnerships between MPS and Minnesota businesses, communities of color, and other diverse communities
*Develop partnerships with Twin Cities’ corporate employee resource groups and Chambers of Commerce representing diverse communities, such as:
-Black Employee Networks
-Asian Employee Networks
-Hispanic Employee Networks
-Native American Employee Networks
-GLBT Employee Networks
-Minority Chambers of Commerce
-National Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations
*Design, develop, and implement the 100 Strong Who Care – Global Diversity Business Case Competition for Minneapolis Public Schools.
This initiative will partner MPS with corporate employee resource groups and various competition sponsors to:
-Integrate the goals of the business competition and MPS curriculum
-Create post secondary scholarship opportunities for students
*Foster continuing relationships between 100 Strong Who Care volunteers and MPS to benefit the students through:
-Development of mentor relationships
-Building of classroom volunteer lists
-Development of tutor relationships
-Development of after school academic programs relationships
-Development of donor relationships
-Creating and awarding student scholarships
For more information about the program, please contact Brittney L. Forrest-Wilson at Brittney.Wilson@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612.668.0018.
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