Mission: Twin Cities R!SE transforms lives through personal empowerment, career training, and meaningful employment. We offer a unique, holistic approach to help people overcome barriers, instill self-confidence, and gain 21st century skills needed to achieve financial independence.
Results: Change in graduates’ income: In fiscal year 2017, 117 participants achieved full-time, living wage employment with benefits at an average salary of $28,948 per year. This is a change from $6,649 in the year prior to program start, an increase of $22,299.
Job Retention Rates: Over the past ten years, program graduates experienced 12-month job retention levels of 74% and 24-month job retention of 64%. We are unaware of any other training program locally or nationally that achieve similar long-term retention rates.
Internship Success: The Internship Program is an effective stepping stone to full-time employment. TCR! placed 21 participants into internship positions in fiscal year 2017.
Target demographics: Low-income adults
Direct beneficiaries per year: 650
Geographic areas served: Twin Cities Metro Area
Programs: TCR!’s 12 to 15 month training program includes Personal Empowerment training, one-on-one coaching, classroom training, supportive services, internship opportunities, and employment placement. Career areas include Office Support and Operations/Warehouse. Participants commit to spending 15 hours or more in program activities each week, and work through the program in phases as they complete program and class requirements for each phase. The program culminates in a living wage job that pays $20,000 or more per year with benefits.
I would not recommend this program to anyone. Once enrolled participants have to sign a contract which requires that they pay large sums of money. They have only helped a few people to find jobs. People can get help and find jobs without this program. They present themselves as a caring group of people....until you join the program or have to work for them. This is a hostile work environment for anyone who is honest with management. This organization completely misrepresents who they are and what they are truly about. The Empowerment Course is a scam. The information in this class can be gotten any where on line or in any self help book. This organization does not practice what it preaches. It's hard to find bad reviews about them because management makes employees sign a confidentiality agreement not to discuss what actually goes on in this organization. Stay away from this program. Don't get sucked into paying unnecessary monies. I hope the City of Minneapolis and St. Paul will close this program down.