TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK
TSF’s signature program, Dreamline, is an academic intervention program serving low-income, under-performing students in public middle schools and high schools. Dreamline “coaches” partner with students in public schools located throughout Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Cloud and Rochester to provide services on-site to students identified as most in need of intervention, whose teachers and administrators have identified as failing or near failing, and whose academic futures are in the greatest jeopardy. Dreamline’s goal is to partner with these students to increase their academic performance, improve school connectedness, and to develop leadership and relationship skills in order to become positive contributors to their school and community.
ADDRESSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP
Due to the achievement gap in the Twin Cities, as well as barriers to opportunity, TSF focuses its support efforts on diverse urban and immigrant youth populations. The overwhelming majority of youth we work with come from communities of color, and the populations we work with speak numerous languages, including but not limited to: English, Hmong, Spanish, Somali, Arabic, Amharic, Burmese, and Oromo.
ON-SITE STUDENT SUPPORT
Dreamline embeds two to three tutor-mentors (i.e. Coaches) in public high schools and middle schools to provide intervention and support to students of color and other underserved students identified as low-performing and most in need of enhanced academic intervention and greater culturally specific social-emotional support.
The program utilizes a holistic approach to advance academic achievement.
Culturally competent prosocial intentional relationship building
Full-day in school academic assistance
Culturally relevant afterschool enrichment and capacity building activities
Students who participated in the Dreamline program saw a measured improvement in grades - 400% improvement in Language Arts and 500% improvement in Math. Coaches spend almost three-quarters of their time focused on core Math and English curriculum.
A's increased 54%
B's increased 12%
C's decreased 7%
D's decreased 55%
F's decreased 18%
We could not have this impact without the support of the community and our partners. Thank you to those who have allowed The Sanneh Foundation continue its Dreamline program and make an impact in the lives of youth:
- Xcel Energy Foundation
- Minnesota Department of Education
- Otto Bremer Trust
- Saint Paul Children's Collaborative
- Grotto Foundation
- Ecolab Foundation
- Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
- Mardag Foundation
- F.R. Bigelow Foundation
- Minnesota Office of Justice Programs
- Saint Paul Foundation