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BUILDING CAREERS. EMPOWERING LIVES. ENDING POVERTY.

RISING UP AN UPDATE FROM TWIN CITIES R!SE

FALL 2015


RENEWAL, RESULTS, AND INNOVATION A N O T E FRO M O U R C E O

DEAR TCR FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS , Twin Cities R!SE is eager to implement our new Strategic Plan. This plan poises us for greater growth and improved outcomes for many years into the future. Under our new plan, TCR will be retooling our core program to achieve even greater outcomes in placing participants into family sustaining, long-term jobs; increasing our nation-leading job retention rate; and expanding our signature Personal Empowerment program throughout the region and nationally into colleges, non-profits, government, and businesses.

Locally, our economy is taking off and employers are calling Twin Cities R!ISE every day looking to fill their employment needs. We have launched several new place-based initiatives with local employers. One of the most impactful is our new partnerships with Metro Transit and Hennepin Technical College (HTC). Metro Transit employs over 4,000 full-time workers. And like many local employers Metro Transit is faced with a huge loss of its workforce over the next ten years due to retirements. Our joint program with Metro Transit and HTC is designed to create and train a pipeline of skilled workers for Metro Transit. We are also looking at bringing our Empowerment Institute program to Metro Transit to train their supervisors. In the midst of the great work Twin Cities RISE is doing, many impediments and challenges remain regionally for us to tackle. Our region and state continue to report some of the highest employment and economic disparities between white and nonwhite workers. Twin Cities R!SE stands squarely at the forefront of the fight to reverse these trends and change the headlines. Much has changed at Twin Cities R!SE this year. What has not changed is that we remain deeply committed to our mission. Sincerely,

Tom Streitz, President and CEO

NEW MISSION AND VISION MISSION Transforming lives out of poverty through meaningful employment. VISION A community of empowered individuals, especially men of color, who achieve long term job success to support their families.

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NEW SPACES!

Have you visited our new home in North Minneapolis? We would love to have you come in for a cup of coffee or tea and show you around. We recently moved from the Washington Avenue/North Loop District, to 1301 Bryant Avenue North. Our new location is embedded into the heart of the community which we serve. This move has greatly increased our visibility and accessibility for our participants. We are now conveniently located on 5 major bus routes, and did we mention free parking?! There are so many great community partners on our new block, such as HIRED and the Hennepin County Human Services Center, we could just call it Transformation Avenue. At our Open House on October 8 over 100 donors, volunteers, community partners, and program alumni stopped by.

TO BE A TCR GRADUATE, MEANS THAT A PARTICIPANT HAS SUCCESSFULLY HELD THEIR JOB PLACEMENT FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR!

We had an inspiring bell ringing ceremony by Stephanie Steele who shared her amazing transformational story from being a single mom for 12 years, dealing with chemical dependency, felony history, and struggling with depression to today, a TCR graduate working full-time at a job with benefits, no longer receiving welfare, and recently married! Stephanie is the mother to four children ranging in age from 16 to 4. She recommends Twin Cities R!SE to anyone who is truly serious about changing their life! We couldn’t be more proud and happy for her. If you missed the Open House, don’t worry, you’ll have a second chance in January when our St. Paul campus moves to the Spucetree building on University and Snelling Avenue!

81 %

OF OUR PARTICIPANTS RETAIN THEIR JOBS FOR 12 MONTHS, COMPARED TO THE NATIONAL AVERAGE

3 9%

OF FOR SIMILAR PROGRAMS. TCR EQUALS LONG TERM OUTCOMES! TWIN CITIES RISE NEWSLETTER | FALL 2015

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STRATEGIC PLAN OVERVIEW

As we embark on our next 20 years, Twin Cities R!SE will continue to tackle deepening racial and economic inequality in the communities we serve. Our recently completed strategic plan will provide overall direction as we adapt and change to better serve low-income adults, engage employers in new ways, and support regional prosperity through innovative programming and partnerships. Through a new mission, vision and four strategic directions, the plan will refine and redesign program elements to increase impact. We are proud of our nation-leading job retention rate of 81% after one year, and 70% after two years (compared to the industry average of 39% after 12 months). The strategic plan aims to increase program yield so that more low-income adults will achieve long-term success.

The new mission focuses on our core purpose: transforming lives out of poverty through meaningful employment. While the goal is transformation and long-term change, we also recognize that needs are diverse; meaningful employment for some will start with a part-time job, while for others it will be a full-time job with benefits. Regardless, program services will focus on building a strong foundation that serves as a launch pad for viable career pathways through on-going training and work experience. Twin Cities R!SE reaffirms its commitment to serving individuals with multiple barriers to employment, especially men of color. We will work with our participants to develop competitive job skills that leverage meaningful employment and family-sustaining wages long-term. We will continue to serve exoffenders, through our innovative Reentry Connect program and job training

services. Program elements such as Personal Empowerment, coaching, and supportive services will remain, because we know that comprehensive services lead to long-term transformation and success. Twin Cities R!SE renews its market-driven focus, recognizing that meeting the hiring needs of employers is critical to job success. The plan also opens the door to working with employers in new ways, as they respond to demographic trends that require different ways of attracting and engaging new employees. Finally, Personal Empowerment remains at the core of our model. The plan invests in the Empowerment Institute™ in order to expand our signature Personal Empowerment program. We envision a more visible presence locally and nationally in the future with non-profits, educational institutions, and business.

FOUR STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS 1. Redesign and create flexible

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programming, with Personal

driven strategies and foster

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deep relationships with

which will better serve

employers that increase

participants, increase yield,

employer capacity to hire

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participant outcomes.

job outcomes.

2. Develop innovative

4. Expand the Empowerment

partnerships aligned with

Institute™ to broaden

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the impact of Twin Cities

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Empowerment curriculum ocally and nationally.

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NEW INITIATIVES!

The current workforce in our metropolitan area is changing and will look very different in the next 10 years (US Census Bureau: Woods & Poole Economics). By 2020, 40% of our working population will be people of color (POC). Metro Transit, who employs over 4,000 workers, 576 of whom are technicians and mechanics, has partnered with Twin Cities R!SE in a pilot program to provide specific skilled training and coaching for low income

METRO TRANSIT, WHO EMPLOYS OVER 4,000

workers and prepare them to fill the large

WORKERS, 576 OF

number of job vacancies that will come about

WHOM ARE

due to a majority of Metro Transit’s workforce

TECHNICIANS AND

entering retirement. This is a great initiative,

MECHANICS, HAS

and just one of many more to come, as more employers see the need to fill their employee

PARTNERED WITH TWIN

pipeline. What is so great about Metro Transit

CITIES R!SE IN A

coming to us, is that while enrolled in the

PILOT PROGRAM

program, participants will be earning a family sustaining wage of $15.50 hour while training and receive free transportation on Metro Transit buses. Upon completion of the program participants will have earned a Truck Technician Degree. The starting wage for this career is over $24 dollars per hour plus benefits. This is a partnership of life changing value for our participants! TWIN CITIES RISE NEWSLETTER | FALL 2015

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NEW GALA! RISE TO THE OCCASION 2015 GALA! We had great success as we reformatted our gala this year! So many of our supporters came out on a Friday night in September for a wonderful evening celebrating the work that Twin Cities R!SE does all year long for over 20 years. If you were there, you had the pleasure of meeting TCR graduate Doniel Bea. Read a portion of his story of triumph below .Thank you to everyone who attended, supported, and sponsored this great event! We’re already looking forward to doing it again next year. At the age of 34, Doniel says that for the first time in his life, he has kept a job for over a year! Doniel never had a problem getting a job, but keeping one was a different story. From low

Scott Morris, International Manager for 3M and a major supporter of the 3M/TCR e-mentoring program, was recently acknowledged as one of 30 recipients world wide with an 3M Gives Volunteer Award. As part of this award, Scott selected Twin Cities R!SE to receive an $1500 donation on his behalf! Thank you Scott Morris and 3M Gives. To find out how your company can participate in e-mentoring, contact Chelsea McFarren at cmcfarren@twincitiesrise.org. Scott Morris with e-mentee and gala speaker Doniel Bea.

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wage, no benefit jobs at fast food restaurants, to today where Doniel works as a Primary Counselor at Vintage Place, a home for boys in foster care or that are experiencing challenges at home, Doniel is a changed man. Doniel can relate to the boys at his home, because he himself was in foster care for over 12 years with five of his 17 brothers and sisters. He has found his passion and because of his Twin Cities R!SE job training has attained the skills necessary to continue to grow his income and make long term changes. Doniel himself will tell you that his journey has not been an easy one, but with the support that TCR has given him, including his 3M e-mentor, Scott Morris, Doniel is challenging himself and experiencing life on a new level.


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» » PRESENT A WORKSHOP: Workshop presenters provide a unique opportunity for our participants to learn about a variety of topics during workshop week. Examples of past topics include: Powerful Investments, Expungement, Nutrition, Child Support, and Managing Your Debt. » » HOST AN INTERN AT YOUR WORKPLACE: Provide on-the-job experience for participants. »» HELP OUT WITH EVENTS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS: Events like our Gala require support at the event as well as in the planning stages. There are also opportunities to volunteer for special projects that require administrative support. »» DONATE TO TWIN CITIES RISE!: Every donation makes a difference. To donate, visit www.twincitiesrise.org.

For more information on any of these opportunities, give us a call at (612) 279-5828 or email Chelsea at

Empowerment for Leaders helps individuals make the personal, internal changes necessary to a structured curriculum that teaches emotional intelligence, motivation, self-awareness, emotional regulation, self-esteem, and empathy, our signature Empowerment program sets up individuals and organizations for success. Here’s what prior clients have said about the Empowerment course: “This is the best class I’ve taken in my 20+ year academic career!” “It would be an investment in you and well worth it.” This course changed my life professionally and personally!” Empowerment for Leaders is offered in both Spring and Fall sessions, and meets twice a week for four weeks. Contact Keith Simons, Director of Empowerment with any questions or to enroll today!

(612) 279-5831 ksimons@twincitiesrise.org

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Twin Cities R!SE Fall 2015 Newsletter