Brandon Linder is a 19-year-old heavy machinery operator with Meyer Contracting, Inc. Growing up in Luck, WI. Attending Softec helped provide Brandon with the training he needed to be placed in a career he loves with plenty of room to grow.
Armani Black is a Technology Consultant in Houston, TX. Although she’s now a Texan, Armani’s story started on the East Side of Saint Paul, MN. Determined to earn her own money, Armani was looking for a job during her sophomore year of high school. She found Urban Roots (formerly Community Design Center of Minnesota) where she not only got paid, […]
Zarea Mobley is the Administrative Assistant and a Market Garden Alumni at Urban Roots in St. Paul, MN. Zarea has lived in St. Paul since she was 6 years old and grew up seeing Urban Roots’ presence around her community. The summer heading into her Freshman year of high school, Zarea joined Right Track to find a job. She went […]
Bianca Dawkins is a Philanthropic Services Associate at the Minneapolis Foundation. In that role, Bianca helps with the Emergency Fund to provide immediate financial and economic support to people in need both in the area and around the world as part of the donor-related funds. She is also the Founder and CEO of Faces of Hope and Elevate, a board […]
Yasameen Sajady is the CEO of Maazah Chutney, a Minnesota-grown condiment brand that is opening Midwestern palates to new horizons. The Maazah brand was created by Yasameen, her two sisters, Sheilla and Nas, as well as their mother, Fatima. Yasameen received her Bachelors and a MBA from Augsburg University and joined Lunar Startups to build the skills she needed to be a successful entrepreneur.
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.