Stories

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

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.
Ujamaa Place is Transforming Lives

Ujamaa Place is Transforming Lives

Ujamaa Place provides housing, education, job training and individual coaching to former justice-involved men in both Ramsey and Hennepin counties. Ujamaa Place helps these men gain career skills training at St. Paul College that provide pathways to sustainable wage jobs. See the stories of three men who've benefited from Ujamaa Place and their services.
Alumni Spotlight: Amanye Reynolds

Alumni Spotlight: Amanye Reynolds

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.
Alumni Spotlight: Jy’Mar Mitchell

Alumni Spotlight: Jy’Mar Mitchell

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.
Ramsey County Public Sector Leadership Academy

Ramsey County Public Sector Leadership Academy

The Ramsey County Public Sector Leadership Academy provides 16 young adult interns with paid experiential learning experiences to increase their exposure, connections, and ultimate placement in public serve employment. Interns receive additional comprehensive supports, credentials and education. Read the stories of two young women who've participated in the Ramsey County Public Sector Leadership Academy.