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Causes: Job Training

Mission: Our mission is to provide employers with skilled workers - primarily men from communities of color in the Twin Cities area - by training under and unemployed adults for skilled jobs that pay a living wage of at least $20,000 annually.

Results: Change in graduates’ income: In 2011, 56 participants achieved full-time, living wage employment with benefits at an average salary of $26,788 per year. This is a change from $5,889 in the year prior to program start, an increase of $20,899 (355%). An additional 26 participants achieved full-time employment at an average salary of $20,599 (up from $5,317 at program start). Job Retention Rates: Over the past ten years, program graduates experienced 12-month job retention levels of 81% and 24-month job retention of 70%. 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 that was expanded in 2009 as a result of the economic crisis. TCR! placed 111 participants into internship positions in 2011. Participant Success Rate: In 2011, 240 adults, 74% of intermediate and advanced participants, achieved important interim and final outcomes, such as final placement in living wage jobs, 12-month retention, internship placement, and other outcomes. Reduction in Recidivism: The national recidivism rate is 62%. Based on a preliminary data, the recidivism rate for TCR! graduates who are ex-offenders is 12%.

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.

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Rating: 1

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.



Rating: 5

Twin Cities RISE! is an incredible organization that helps individuals in povertysecure living wage jobs through workforce training, coaching, and empowerment.