The Sanneh Foundation serves the holistic youth development needs of the increasingly diverse Twin Cities metro area. Our mission is to empower youth by supporting and promoting educational attainment through in-school and after-school support, improve lives by providing programs that strengthen physical health and social and emotional development, and unite communities by advancing diversity, equity, and community well-being.
Impact and Programs
Last year, The Sanneh Foundation (Sanneh) served approximately 9,600 diverse youth ages 6-26, the majority of whom come from communities of color and live in low-income households. Through culturally responsive programs that provide equitable access to the range of opportunities and positive adult relationships needed for success in education and the workforce, Sanneh made the following impact:
1) Dreamline Coaches partnered with 15 schools in the Twin Cities Metro Area and St. Cloud to provide 28,000 hours of academic support and mentoring for 1,200 low-income, lower-performing students identified as most in need of assistance. Dreamline's goal is to help students increase their academic performance, improve their connectedness to school and community, and to develop leadership and relationship skills in order to become positive contributors to their school and community.
2) Last summer, Sanneh provided 6,500 young people with access to 85 free, week-long, enriching camps in basketball, soccer, baseball, and flag football across 68 parks situated in or near low-income communities. In addition, a cohort of 50 young women and men participated in a dual-track program of workforce development and career exploration.
3) Conway Community Center – 90% of out-of-school time program participants at Conway are people of color and 91% of youth participants live in low-income households. Serving nearly 1,500 youth and adults annually. The Conway nutrition program provided snacks and a hot dinner menu seven days of the week for youth, with 35,000 meals served in 2019.
The Sanneh Foundation focuses its efforts and resources on youth between the ages of six and twenty-six to provide access to culturally responsive social and physical environments that improve community health and well-being. Sanneh’s goals are to empower youth by supporting and promoting educational attainment through in-school and after-school academic programming; improve lives by providing programs that strengthen physical health and social and emotional development; and unite communities by advancing diversity, equity, and community well-being.
Aligning this mission with culturally relevant programming, Sanneh achieves its annual goals by connecting adults with 1,000 under-performing students in positive developmental relationships as tutors, mentors, and coaches in Dreamline; graduating five diverse Dreamline Coaches with their Master in Education through its inaugural Teacher Pathway Program; delivering 85 free community camps that provide positive exposure to sports and physical activity in a prosocial environment to 5,000 youth across the Twin Cities (90% indicating they made a new friend or learned a new skill); training and providing employment opportunities for 70 diverse youth; and increasing access to community centers and recreational facilities that foster community health and well-being to 100 percent of program participants.
Community or Constituency Served
At risk youth and children ranging in ages from 5-18
Geographic Area Served
Twin Cities and in various countries through outreach programs