The Twin Cities — Minneapolis and St. Paul — are home to thousands of individuals who are looking for opportunity and a fresh start. Even though the Twin Cities has a low-unemployment rate and offers various employment opportunities, the most vulnerable populations still struggle with high unemployment rates. Those with criminal backgrounds, lack of work experience, mental health issues, and unstable housing don’t have the opportunity or resources to develop marketable job skills that will help them exit poverty for good.
Twin Cities R!SE (TCR) seeks to transform lives out of poverty through meaningful employment. Through comprehensive job training services that include coaching, classroom training, employment placement, internship opportunities, and support services, TCR partners with individuals on the path to long-term, stable employment. What makes TCR different from traditional job training services is their proprietary Personal Empowerment curriculum, a resource that fosters self-confidence, emotional intelligence, persistence, and self-reliance. Personal Empowerment is also embedded in every program to help individuals learn new skills to help them overcome challenges and lead a life of economic independence.
Twin Cities R!SE serves anyone who walks through their doors, with a primary focus on men of color. In a metropolitan area with deep racial disparities, minorities face significantly higher rates of unemployment and poverty, as well as lower educational attainment. The combination of supportive long-term services and comprehensive training tools has led to an impressive job retention rate. After one year, over 80 percent of graduates are still employed.
TCR’s basic/core training program teaches participants technology skills, career exploration, job search skills, communication, and Personal Empowerment, in addition to one-on-one coaching and support. Upon completion of basic training, participants have opportunities for sector training, either on-site at TCR or through referrals to credentialed training. Through a close network of community providers, TCR also offers referral for supportive services as needed — childcare, housing, mental health, food support.
TCR’s Reentry Connect program works closely with men and women in prison, preparing them for release with a plan to successfully transition back into the community, access training opportunities, and find and retain employment. The program has seen a dramatic drop in local recidivism rates, with only 16 percent of participants re-entering prison after one year, compared to over 50 percent nationally.
With a heart to find a solution to poverty in his community, Steve Rothschild took a market-driven approach to helping individuals achieve stable, well-paying employment. Beyond finding a job, Rothschild worked to help individuals keep a job. Today, Tom Streitz, President and CEO of TCR, leads the organization in building a solid platform for people to succeed. TCR seeks to help people transform their own lives, take care of their families, and build strong communities.
Twin Cities R!SE is a 2017 S+ Catalyst. Through participation in the Catalyst Program, Twin Cities R!SE receives training from industry experts in organizational development, branding, measurement and growth, and strategic relationships to amplify their impact and strategically expand their reach.