Stories

See how Sundance Family Foundation is transforming the lives of young adults in the Twin Cities through its grants and programs.

Cole’s Earn & Learn Story

Cole’s Earn & Learn Story

Cole Stevens, age 19, is the co-founder and co-director of the new youth leading change non-profit Bridgemakers. ...
Onika’s Earn & Learn Story

Onika’s Earn & Learn Story

Onika Goodluck (O) is the owner of O’s Kitchen, the Kitchen Manager at All Square, and a mother of three. Onika’s Earn & Learn story began while she was on probation and had recently had a baby.
Chuck’s Earn & Learn Story

Chuck’s Earn & Learn Story

Chuck Yang is a Minnesota native and an Autobody Technician at Caliber Collision Fleet. At 25, Chuck has found a successful career path with help from his wife, son, and Newgate School.
Asia’s Earn & Learn Story

Asia’s Earn & Learn Story

Asia Thao is an Advanced Panel Builder with Design Ready Controls (DRC). Asia started at DRC almost two years ago, with no prior experience. DRC provided Asia all the training and prep he needed to start on the floor, prepping harnesses for each production line to wire HVACs and data storage units.
Brandon’s Earn & Learn Story

Brandon’s Earn & Learn Story

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’s Earn & Learn Story

Armani’s Earn & Learn Story

Armani Black is a Technology Consultant in Houston, TX. Although she’s now a Texan, Armani’s story started on the ...
Zarea’s Earn & Learn Story

Zarea’s Earn & Learn Story

Zarea Mobley is the Administrative Assistant and a Market Garden Alumni at Urban Roots in St. Paul, MN. Zarea has ...
Bianca’s Earn & Learn Story

Bianca’s Earn & Learn Story

Bianca Dawkins is a Philanthropic Services Associate at the Minneapolis Foundation. In that role, Bianca helps with
Yasameen’s Earn & Learn Story

Yasameen’s Earn & Learn Story

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’s Earn & Learn Story

Jazmine’s Earn & Learn Story

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.
More than Mechanical Work

More than Mechanical Work

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.
Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Yang

Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Yang

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.