Upcoming Events

Dems Stage Theatrical Comeback to Reclaim Title as Congressional Soccer Match Champions

By Amy Kuehn | May 3, 2022

Dems Stage Theatrical Comeback to Reclaim Title as Congressional Soccer Match Champions! WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Congressional Soccer Match – this year presented by the U.S. Soccer Federation – returned in all its excitement, convening embassy employees, Members of Congress, sports legends, Hill staffers, and soccer fans in support of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s proven, life-changing programs for children in underserved communities. In their first meeting since…

Sanneh’s Very Own Eco Ambassadors!

By Selena Moua | October 21, 2021

Sanneh’s Very Own Eco Ambassadors! Our Sanneh youth learned about local and global waste reduction, and the importance of loving our planet! Eco Day at Conway Former MLB Mercenary Chris Dickerson at Conway. In acknowledgment of International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste Reduction last month, our local youth at Sanneh engaged in an environmental literacy workshop. The event highlighted the importance of food consumption, waste reduction and sorting through trash and recyclables.…

Summer Highlight: Jimmy Lee Soccer Camp’s Happy Camper, Asa!

By Selena Moua | October 12, 2021

Summer Highlight: Jimmy Lee Soccer Camp’s Happy Camper, Asa! Returning to more normal summer activities after more than a year of social isolation was not always easy. That is where having a staff of coaches trained in positive developmental relationships helped young people like Asa reengage in play and physical activity. It’s October as the leaves begin to fall. We’ve finally made it to the end of summer and that means that our summer camps…

THE SANNEH FOUNDATION RECOVERY EFFORTS AT CONWAY COMMUNITY CENTER;

By Amy Kuehn | June 20, 2021

FIRE TO PART OF THE BUILDING PUTS PARTNERSHIPS INTO ACTION IN SUPPORT OF EAST SIDE YOUTH AND FAMILIES St. Paul, MN. (June 20, 2021)  – In the very early morning of Sunday, June 20, 2021 the Conway Community Center on St. Paul’s East Side was the scene of a fire at the west entrance to the building. The building was empty when the fire occurred, and there were no physical injuries. The building’s entryway and…

Sanneh Launches TikTok Account to Reach out to Youth

By Agnes O | June 18, 2021

The Sanneh Foundation is now on TikTok! The Foundation launched our new social media account this Thursday. The account will highlight the day-to-day ongoing activities of Sanneh and our team, starting with summer soccer and basketball camps.  The new platform is a great space to interact with young people. The Sanneh Foundation has always centered our actions on youth participation and youth engagement; our youth workforce feeds families, mentors students, and teaches youth sports camps.…

Sanneh Spotlight: Shannon DeMuth

By Agnes O | May 7, 2021

Sanneh Spotlight: Shannon DeMuth Snapshot Shannon DeMuth is a Dreamline Coach at North High School. She enjoys being outside, traveling, hiking, spending time with her family and friends, and dining out for Italian food and tacos. She likes to listen to all kinds of music  (except heavy metal music). Her favorite artists are Khalid, Post Malone, and P!NK. Working with a Struggling Student:  We were allowed to bring in a small number of students into…

Welcoming Olivia Antilla

By Agnes O | April 22, 2021

Welcoming Olivia Antilla   Sanneh is welcoming Olivia Antilla who has accepted employment at the Foundation as the Conway Community Center Program Manager. As the Conway Community Center program manager Olivia will assist with the organization, marketing, setup, supervision, and coaching of Sanneh camps as well as other Sanneh programming at the Conway Community Center. Olivia graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Agribusiness. While at Florida A&M, she played…

Tony Sanneh’s Statement on the Derek Chauvin Verdict

By Agnes O | April 20, 2021

As a community-serving organization, and as a Black male CEO of a nonprofit focused on equitably serving youth and families from multiple racial and ethnic communities, I believe that no outcome in the trial of Derek Chauvin ends the systemic issues and racial inequity we face and experience daily as people of color.  While we at The Sanneh Foundation applaud that legal justice was done in the trial of Derek Chauvin, and rightfully expect justice…

Sanneh Spotlight: Abdallah Bah

By Agnes O | April 15, 2021

Sanneh Spotlight: Abdallah Bah The Sanneh Spotlight series introduces Sanneh members to the world on a personal level. Through interpersonal interviews, Spotlight aims to build connections between community members and the Sanneh team. Abdallah (center) Snapshot:  Abdallah Bah was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and raised in Brooklyn Park, MN. He is a Dreamline Coordinator and Coach in the Metro Region at North High School. He has been with the Sanneh Foundation for 5 months.…

Sanneh Spotlight: Alexander Reigelsperger

By Agnes O | April 14, 2021

Sanneh Spotlight: Alexander Reigelsperger Sanneh Spotlight returns! The series introduces Sanneh members to the world on a personal level. Through interpersonal interviews, Spotlight aims to build connections between community members and the Sanneh team. Snapshot:  Alexander is a Dreamline Coach at North High School. Alex is originally from Dayton, Ohio, and has been at Sanneh for 6 months. He has a soft spot for Greek food, his favorite meal is baklava and gyros. Alex is…

Kim Johnson Spearheads Promising St. Cloud Dreamline Program

636005751944698139-dreamline

Kim Johnson is as experienced as they come in the education field. She joined TSF in August to lead the blossoming Dreamline program in St. Cloud. Before this year, Dreamline coaches worked exclusively in the metro area. Johnson's official title with The Sanneh Foundation is the St. Cloud Dreamline Program Manager.

Marketing and Communications VISTA E.J. Stevens chatted with Johnson to see how her first four months as the St. Cloud Dreamline Program Manager have gone.

EJ: What did you do for work before taking on your current role as the St. Cloud Dreamline Program Manager?

Kim: I received my degree in education from St. Cloud State University and have done various jobs in the education field for the past 25 years. Most recently I was the Behavior Truancy Interventionist at Discovery Community School in Waite Park, MN.

EJ: Which of your values correlate with the values of the Dreamline program?

Kim: Being kind to others and leading from your heart. It doesn’t matter what your background is, you still have the capability of treating others with respect.

EJ: What has been your greatest challenge in your first months working with the St. Cloud Dreamline program?

Kim: I have gone from supervising students to supervising adults! Working with adults has it’s own challenges and I feel as though I have grown tremendously by listening to others perspectives.

EJ: What are the most rewarding aspects of working with the youth in St. Cloud?

Kim: Our Youth in St. Cloud are no different than youth in any other area. They have such honest responses and unique curiosities.  I love when I see students who I have helped work through some difficult situations and they greet me with such appreciation.  In the position I most recently had before TSF, I often had to help youth restore relationships with others and be firm about their negative behaviors.  Even after that, to have students show me love is just the most gratifying feeling there possibly can be!

EJ: Why is it so important for kids to have great mentors and positive role models to learn from in their schools?

Kim: Some of our youth do not have positive role models in their lives and some of our youth have positive role models that just due to circumstances do not have enough time to spend with our youth.  Our Dreamline coaches have an important role in that they have the opportunity to connect with these youth and show them they have someone that supports them and believes in them.  It is important that our coaches help our youth open up their minds to all of the opportunities that are out there for them.

EJ: Since the Dreamline program in St. Cloud is still relatively new, how have the students embraced the mentors that have come to work with them in their schools?

Kim: When I walk into our schools in St. Cloud and see how our students and coaches are interacting, it is just beautiful!  Our coaches are doing such an amazing job and we hear so many good things from staff in 742!

EJ: What are some methods you use to train the Dreamline coaches and bring them together?

Kim: Most recently we have focused on team building and sharing time together as a team.  We have had many transitions with staff and we really just needed to get to know each other better.  We spent a day doing some role plays with current situations in our schools and then sharing a meal and a fun activity.

EJ: As the Program Manager, what are some specific goals that you have for the program going forward?

Kim: Most importantly to have open communications with all of the 742 staff, so that any concerns can be addressed right away.  We want to be a huge success this year, so the program can continue in St. Cloud. Now that we are finding our rhythm, we are going to be spending more time focusing on our enrichment activities and also the camps that we want to provide this summer.

The St. Cloud Dreamline Program is in great hands under the leadership of Kim Johnson. Her tremendous experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds and unwavering commitment to helping others reach their potential is essential to the success of TSF. Thanks for all you do, Kim!