Medica 2020 Annual Report

Advancing equity in employment As we committed to bring jobs and economic opportunities to St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood, we also recognized the need for investment in job training, career development, and economic advancement for people of color across the Twin Cities. People with steady employment are more likely to be able to afford housing and healthy foods, which support their overall health and well-being.

In 2020, theMedica Foundation awarded $200,000 in grants to eight nonprofits that are building capacity for economic achievement in 2021 and beyond. For example, our funding activates:

• A summer program that helps students of color navigate the transition from high school to college

• An emergency fund that helps students overcome systemic barriers to educational achievement

• A business advisor who consults and provides business development training for entrepreneurs in north Minneapolis

• A program that provides mentoring and support for students of color to graduate from high school

• A workforce skills development program for African descendants that supports job readiness, resume writing, and job seeking

• A life-skills coach who supports formerly incarcerated men as they build skills to navigate employment pathways

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