Though white Europeans remain Minnesota’s largest demographic group, the state is more multicultural than at any point in the past. Estimates differ on when the state will become “majority minority,” but that milestone is likely to come before mid-century. In some counties, including Ramsey and Nobles, the under-20 demographic is already majority-minority.
Richard Copeland does not run a nonprofit foundation trying to change the world. He leads Thor Construction, the largest minority-owned business in the state of Minnesota and one of the largest black-owned businesses in the country. Yet he wants to do something about north Minneapolis.
A new program that ties together job training and counseling aims to move 2,000 black men from north Minneapolis to living-wage jobs by 2020, an ambitious goal that could reinvigorate the local workforce and help close a wide employment gap.
Designed to fill holes in existing job training programs, the North@Work program provides long-term support to workers and employers to help ensure participants not only find jobs but also stay employed. The initiative, pioneered by Northside Funders Group public-private partnership, will scale up gradually.
February 20, 2016 – Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune. There’s a new collaboration in the effort to increase the skills and employment rate among black men in north Minneapolis. A 25-man group will be the first to take part in a pilot program that North@Worked launched this month. The plan is for 400 men to […]Continue Reading
The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota recently awarded a grant to the Northside Funders Group (NFG), chiefly to support its new North@Work initiative. Joel Luedtke, senior program officer at the foundation, and Kevin Murray, program officers at NFG, discuss the history, purpose and hopes of this new ...Continue Reading