Step Up Employers: Executive Champions

Step Up Employers: Executive Champions


(light music) – This is gonna change
peoples lives, big time. And guess what, not just the
students but the employers. So it all started to get the
richness that it has today, where this is a very wonderful,
collaborative effort. And it’s now turned into a
pipeline of amazing youths, life changing experiences,
and companies being richer for having had them in their
companies during those summers and then staying connected
with them for a lifetime. – This summer will be
our 17th year of Step Up. That’s 17 years of bringing
young people through a program and preparing them to
succeed in our work force. And what we’re seeing right
now is former Step Up Interns are actually in administrative
and leadership positions where they’re actually
hiring the next generation of Step Up Interns and so this
beautiful evolution is taking place before our very eyes and it’s a program that’s
worth getting behind. – Communities are getting
more and more diverse and we really take pride in
hiring in our own backyard. And so Step Up helps us
really broaden that base for work force development to
find students that we can work with from the ground up,
help them with their careers, expose them to health care opportunities and many of the students are
diverse so as they go through their post secondary education, they’ll likely be
wonderful employees for us and then serve in the
communities that represent them. – We don’t feel the design is really being represented in high school. So this was a great
opportunity for us to connect with somebody in the community
and hopefully she’ll be talking about design to her friends now, which I think will happen. – Our managers who work directly
with the Step Up Interns, are the luckiest people in the bank. They love what they do with the interns, they learn a lot from the interns in terms of generational viewpoints, often in terms of multi
cultural viewpoints. They get to serve as a
mentor and a role model and they get to be reverse
mentored in many many ways. So it’s a win win! Our managers absolutely love doing it. – We recognize Step Up with
the governors work force development board as one
of the key youth pipelines. One that’s well run, one
that is modeled by others and one that really has kinda
that scope as well as depth. – At US Bank my role is to
lead the branches in the Twin Cities, and we are
noticing a growing shortage of workers so for us, for every opening that we have, we don’t have nearly enough applicants. So at US Bank the Step Up
program helps us achieve the gap that we may or
may not have in the future in terms of qualified workers. – I urge all of our
business partners to say yes to our youth, yes to these partnerships, and yes to the future of our economy. I’m asking you, to partner with the city, towards a program that
is quite simply working. (inspirtational music)

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