2020-2022 Scholars

(completed their projects in summer 2021)

Nou-Chee Chang
Augsburg University 

“Hlub Lub Hlwb: Bringing Mental Health Awareness to the Hmong Community in Brooklyn Center”
Hlub Lub Hlwb (translated as Love The Mind in Hmong) is a program that aims to bring awareness and destigmatize mental health with Hmong youth in the Brooklyn Center community. Hmong high school students will learn more about various mental health topics through a culturally relevant lens. Some topics will include how mental health plays a role in Hmong identity and understanding the practices and services to support themselves, family and peers.

Athena Estime
Augsburg University

“Personal & Professional Development for Success”
A program for Pan-African female high school seniors and recent graduates who need help navigating barriers associated with mental health and social oppression.  Participants will gain the knowledge and poise to succeed in all work and academic spaces of their choosing. The program will identify values and personality traits for personal development and confidence.

Nassima El Kasmi
Concordia College 

“Women in Business Mentorship Program”
The Women In Business Mentorship Program is a program specifically designed for female minority students in high school interested in business. Students will be selected from an AVID class at Moorhead High School and will have the opportunity to have a wider and more positive view of their future as minorities through this mentoring program.

Irwin Flores
Hamline University 

“A Strong Foundation”
The aim of this program is to teach incoming high school freshmen students about the opportunities available to them to help prepare them to attend college and succeed in life. This program will partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Minneapolis to do our small part to help raise the graduation rate and percentage of those attending college among students of color.

Andrea Mata Sarabia
St. Catherine University 

“The Poder Project: Family as a Catalyst for Literacy”
The Poder Project will use a family approach to help close the achievement gap in literacy for Latinx students. The project will address the importance of reading, representation in books and support for and from families for the literacy of children.

Jennifer Nieto
University of St. Thomas 

“Unplugged: Learning from Inspiring Voices”
In collaboration with Webber-Camden Library, the project will encourage youth to disconnect from their devices this summer. We will gather weekly to form community. Each week we will watch educational and inspirational TED Talks with guided discussions about content and how to incorporate those insights into their lives.