Jazmine Darden’s career trajectory exemplifies the Earn and Learn model. Today, Jazmine is a teacher, an inventor, and an entrepreneur. She teaches 3D printing courses at Dunwoody, works with Minneapolis Public Schools’ GISE and GEMS programs, and owns a handful of small businesses, most of which involve 3D printing.
Raised in Brooklyn Park, Jazmine attended Augsburg University as a first-generation student where she utilized the TRIO and North Star STEM support networks which helped her navigate college as she excelled in her coursework.
Sunrise Banks is a CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) that promotes financial inclusion and economic development among poorer communities. With a local focus, CDFIs like Sunrise Banks seek out those communities that are underserved by the traditional banking sector.
Sundance Family Foundation holds assets in Sunrise Banks providing the capital needed to impact development in our communities. See an example of the type of results this produces.
Nonprofits have always been asked to calculate their cost savings, their financial savings, or their economic impact by creating a Social Return on Investments (SROI). These calculations are complex, and so the Sundance Family Foundation with the help of Ecotone Analytics, set about trying to discover the SROI on it’s new Earn and Learn program by the 2020 grantees.
For every $1 contributed to an Earn & Learn program, there is a projected $3.50 social return on investment (SROI).
In 2020, the Sundance Family Foundation created Earn & Learn from its evidence-based Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) to accelerate pathways that connect young adults to short-term training programs and sustainable 21st century middle-skills careers. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) provide a framework to identify and map the indicators to measure Earn and Learn’s success.
Tried and True Youth Mechanics offers a professional development program focused on small engines for high school students in the Forest Lake area.
See how three young men took part in the workforce readiness program outside of a traditional day at school and have thrived — earning scholarships, attending postsecondary school for additional training and developing their skills.