College Readiness and Career Development

project ready

PROJECT READY (In-School/Out of School Programming)

Project Ready is an initiative launched by the National Urban League in 2006, and focuses on ensuring that students make academic progress, benefit from cultural enrichment opportunities and develop important skills, attitudes and aptitudes that will aid in their transition from high school and position them for post-secondary success. Project Ready is school-based, supporting college access programming within charter and private schools in the twin cities. Programming takes place on school grounds with an explicit partnership with school administration and faculty, either during the school day or during out of school time.

Project Ready integrates academic and life skill-building using a college access curriculum comprised of three major components: 1) Academic Achievement, 2) Social Development and 3) College Culture and Awareness. Project Ready offers a unique middle school component, providing an intensive after-school program for students in grades 6-8 in charter and private schools serving students of color in the Twin Cities.

Additional Project Ready programming includes: Future Work$, a college preparedness and financial literacy program; and Project Ready Mentor, matching students with adults who can provide academic and career guidance, and leadership building activities.

Project Ready is funded by United Way Greater Twin Cities.

Future Work$

Through a grant administered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education's Intervention for College Attendance Program (ICAP), the MUL offers Project Future Work$, a college Access program that seeks to provide outcome-based services and activities designed to increase the financial literacy and post-secondary enrollment of students in grades 5-12.

Future works is funded by Higher Education.


To prepare underserved youth with the skills needed to successfully pursue post-secondary education and career pathways that will support the creation of wealth in the future.

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