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.
Daniel Yang joined Urban Roots in 2013 and stayed through his senior year of high school. Daniel emphasized how much Urban Roots changed his life, providing leadership experience and professional skills he may not have been exposed to elsewhere.
While Daniel has grown immensely since leaving Urban Roots, his career and passions continue to stem from what Urban Roots instilled in him.
Amanye has been a member of the Saint Paul Urban Tennis (SPUT) community since she was five years old. She competed at the Minnesota State Tournament as the first ever Harding High School girls tennis player, and has coached tennis, learning valuable leadership skills. She will be attending Macalester College and playing tennis beginning in 2020.
Jy’Mar Mitchell joined Green Garden Bakery’s workforce readiness training in 2016. Since then, Jy’Mar has graduated from high school, and joined Americorps with Minneapolis Public School’s Black Excellence program. After one year in the Americorps program, Jy’Mar received a paid internship with International Market Square as a building engineer intern.
Sundance recently caught up with Armani Black, a YSE alumna who’s experienced many forms of success including a B.S. degree in International Business and Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Since this story, Armani has completed her MBA at Johns Hopkins University and is currently in Texas working with Astra Zeneca in Vaccine Marketing.