MINNEAPOLIS, January 22, 2016 – The Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick has selected Elpis Enterprises, a St. Paul-based nonprofit organization that provides job training and career placement through paid work experience for homeless and at-risk youth, as its 2016 pro bono client.
“We are thrilled to partner with Weber Shandwick in the coming year,” said Paul Ramsour, executive director for Elpis Enterprises. “As a relied upon educational resource for young people, we look forward to partnering with Weber Shandwick to raise our mission’s visibility to supply homeless youth with a second chance at a successful future.”
For more than 13 years, Elpis Enterprises has provided paid work experience and employment readiness programs for homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 23 years old. Through its three main social enterprises, including silk screen printing, woodworking and ecommerce, youth trainees develop the social, emotional and professional skills required to secure and retain long-term employment.
“Weber Shandwick is delighted to work with Elpis Enterprises by supporting its mission to supply homeless youth with skills to thrive in the workforce,” said Liz Miklya, senior vice president at Weber Shandwick and co-lead of the Minneapolis office’s pro bono program. “Our strategic partnership will heighten the public’s knowledge of homeless youth, forge networks of training program advocates and yield more long-term partnerships with businesses and organizations in the surrounding community.”
For more than 25 years, Weber Shandwick has been giving back to the community and working with local non-profits. In addition to working with pro bono clients since 1988, the agency partners with a wide range of nonprofits via its annual Telling Your Story communications workshop for non-profit agencies across the state and several small-scale community volunteer projects.
About Weber Shandwick:
Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 78 cities across 34 countries and operations extending to 126 cities in 81 countries. The firm’s diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work, including being honored as an Ad Age A-List Agency in 2014 and 2015, The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year in 2014 and 2015 and PRWeek’s 2015 Global Agency of the Year. Weber Shandwick and its Prime unit have won a combined 25 Cannes Lions since 2009. Weber Shandwick was also named a Best Place to Work by Ad Age in 2014 and 2015 and PRWeek in 2013 and 2014. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate social responsibility, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit www.webershandwick.com.
About Elpis Enterprises:
Elpis Enterprises was established by the Minneapolis Jaycees Charitable Foundation and became a separate nonprofit organization in 2002 by providing paid work experience and employment training programs for homeless and at-risk homeless youth between the ages of 16 and 23 years old. Through its three main social enterprises, including silk screen printing, woodworking and ecommerce, trainees have the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to overcome homelessness to become contributing members in the local community and its workforce. For more information, visit www.elpisenterprises.org.
Pro bono co-lead