EMERGE Community Development
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EMERGE is a community and workforce development organization based in North Minneapolis and Cedar Riverside, neighborhoods that have struggled with some of the metro area’s highest rates of unemployment and most concentrated poverty. EMERGE helps people facing significant obstacles redefine themselves. In 2016, EMERGE served 2,996 people: 784 gained jobs, 341 participated in career training, 306 people learned financial skills, and 85 formerly homeless families gained or maintained housing. We offer adult and youth workforce services, combined with a range of other services, along a continuum from basic job search coaching up to long-term intensive career training, tailored to the specific needs of the participant. Every year the people we serve are approximately 90% people of color; 95% low-income with more than 60% under the poverty-line. About one-third are overcoming a criminal background; and 15% over 21 with no high school diploma/GED.