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Honoring St. Cloud Dreamline Manager Kim Johnson

By Agnes O | January 13, 2021

Kim Johnson has been a Dreamline Manager in St. Cloud, Minnesota since 2016. Her exit from the position is sad for the Sanneh organization. But, she leaves us with the assurance that she has made many lives better through her generous actions. As a manager, Kim supports Dreamline Coaches while they work with youth in local high schools. “I would describe the mission of my work as youth-focused,” says Kim. Prior to her role in…

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The Sanneh Foundation welcomes New Staff members Gregg Bell and Noah Gerding

By Agnes O | December 22, 2020

The Sanneh Foundation is excited to welcome two new members to our team, Noah Gerding and Gregg Bell. Sanneh is proud to be an organization that not only attracts the best and brightest, but also those with the biggest hearts. Each of our new staff members has a generous heart and has dedicated their lives to assisting those most in need. New Development Director, Noah Gerding is both professional and passionate about his work. He comes to us…

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Sanneh Foundation Kicks Off Holiday Giving Fundraiser with NASCAR star Kyle Larson pledging to raise $50K

By Agnes O | December 8, 2020

The Sanneh Foundation Holiday Giving Fundraiser is off to a great start. Starting December 1st on “GivingTuesday,” we began our giving holiday by raising over $12,000 with the help of NASCAR star Kyle Larson. Over the summer, Kyle spent time with Sanneh helping with food distribution, conducting round table conversations with youth staff, and learning about the difficult racial history of the African American community in Minnesota through the help of Hallie Q. Brown. Kyle…

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The Sanneh Foundation becomes a 2020 HERBIE Award winner

By Agnes O | November 20, 2020

Great news, we’re award winners! Giving his acceptance speech from his office at Conway Community Center, Tony Sanneh accepted the 2020 HERBIE Award on behalf of The Sanneh Foundation. The foundation was awarded the 2020 HERBIE Award in the organization category by the Saint Paul Chamber Charitable Foundation. The HERBIE award recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that exemplify the traits inspired by its namesake, Herb Brooks. Each year, two recipients are selected by the Chamber’s Foundation Board. We are…

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The Haitian Initiative starts Back to School Campaign after COVID and Civil Unrest derail school attendance in Haiti

By Agnes O | October 26, 2020

Like everyone else in 2010, Tony Sanneh had Haiti on his mind following the devastating 7.0 earthquake that reduced much of Port-au-Prince to rubble. Shortly after, the Haitian Initiative (H.I.) was started as a collaborative effort to support more than 300 children in Cité Soleil, Haiti. For three hours every day, these children come to the H.I. complex for English classes, soccer training, and a meal–which is often the only meal they receive all day.  After the…

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The Sanneh Foundation receives $25,000 from The Otto Bremer Trust to expand Distance Learning Hub

By Agnes O | September 24, 2020

The Sanneh Foundation receives $25,000 from The Otto Bremer Trust for COVID Response and Distance Learning Hub Sanneh tutor and student The Sanneh Foundation continues to accept more students in their new Distance Learning Hub thanks to a $25,000 donation from the Otto Bremer Trust. For too many working parents distance learning means either leaving their kids home alone in front of a computer or forgoing work in order to be home with their children.…

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Sanneh Spotlight: Bridget Strom

By Agnes O | September 2, 2020

Years at Sanneh: 1 yearPronouns: She/HerRole in Sanneh: Dreamline Coach Background Bridget is a former AmeriCorp VISTA who worked in Community Resource Development. She is now a Dreamline Coach. Where are you from? I was born in Minnesota and raised throughout several states—not due to the military. Who did you look up to and how does it inspire you? My grandmother has always been my role model growing up, she embodies the true essence of kindness. Whether…

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Despite COVID challenges The Sanneh Foundation increases summer staff

By Agnes O | August 27, 2020

Despite COVID challenges The Sanneh Foundation increases summer staff Like many nonprofit organizations, The Sanneh Foundation has been significantly impacted by the global health crisis which has caused many organizations to unfortunately cut staff. However, this summer we found ourselves in a unique position as this season we experienced our largest workforce yet. Choosing not to shutter our operations, we instead shifted our focus to providing our community with the crucial resources and support it needed. We transitioned…

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Sanneh Spotlight: David Mendez

By Agnes O | August 24, 2020

Spotlight: David Mendez David Mendez Years at Sanneh: 5 Pronouns: He/ Him /They What is on your playlist?  A mix of almost anything R&B, Hip-Hop, Latin, other international tunes, instrumentals, and Smooth Jazz Background David Mendez is a Site Coordinator for the Dreamline program. He works as a Dreamline Coach at Humboldt High School. David comes from St. Paul’s West Side community. He is a poet with pieces published in the St. Paul Almanac and…

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Sanneh Foundation Provides Summer Campers with Safe and FUN Sporting Activities

By Agnes O | August 19, 2020

Sanneh Foundation provides summer campers with safe and FUN sporting activities  Taft Park Soccer Camp Since 2010, The Sanneh Foundation has provided free summer sports camps for nearly 40,000 youth in the Twin Cities and Metro area. While the pandemic has created many challenges, Sanneh remains committed to our mission to provide kids with a safe, healthy, and FUN camp environment. A summer without free community camps, with kids not being able to run around…

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