Annual Report

During the school year 2019-20, Project Success served 16,000 Minneapolis Public School students in 26 schools. Gifts to our Annual Fund helped to sustain our current programs, and commitments over and above annual support to the Dreams to Futures Program Expansion Campaign* made it possible to deepen and expand our program for more students. Activities included:


Our professional facilitators incorporate our curriculum objectives into each PS experience in and outside the classroom.

  • 4,538 monthly goal-setting workshops in 207 classrooms connecting 15,728 students to their purpose.


Experiencing theater and the arts are powerful ways to inspire self-expression, confidence, connection and discussion.

  • 80 different evening and weekend, and school day professional theater performances for 6,500 unique students and family members, thanks to generous ticket donations by our 40+ theater partners.

  • Two middle school student musicals by 173 students at 2 schools.


Project Success expeditions inspire growth and discovery, expand worldviews and open doors to possibility.

College and Career Tours

  • 500 students explored the future possibilities on 23 regional college and career tours in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota.
  • All students gained access to 23 different virtual “admissions chats” with students and staff from colleges, universities and technical schools across the country.

Global Experiences 

  • 50 English Leaner high school students explored future possibilities and global leadership at Boston University and Harvard.

Outdoor Adventures

  • 690 students and family members experienced the outdoors in their own “backyards” on 3 adventures days focused on winter activities, sciences, and river ecosystems.
  • 54 students participated in the week-long “BWCA: Minneapolis Edition” interactive virtual  camp, bringing them together online, and then individually in parks around the Twin Cities, resulting in the 2020 Conservation Award from the Friends of the Boundary Waters.


155 students participated in one or more of the certificate programs at the Institute, including Coding, Personal Finance, Cooking, Film, and Podcasting.

Virtual Programs

In March, our students’ schools suddenly closed their doors and moved to Distance Learning. In conjunction with the stay-at-home order, we cancelled hundreds of in- person events and experiences by reaching out to thousands of our students and families individually. Our staff worked quickly to adapt our programs and curriculum to a high- quality 100% virtual environment.

By the end of the school year, hundreds of students had viewed our videos and in all, they visited our virtual programs webpages more than 6,000 times.

Through challenge and change this past year, Project Success worked to:

  • Provide high quality live and pre-recorded monthly workshops for all students, both in-person and – after distance learning began – virtually
  • Train our workshops team on inclusive, engaging, and socially just classroom practices through a year-long Culturally Responsive Teaching training program for the entire workshops team
  • Triple participation in our Institute certificate programs in coding, financial literacy, cooking, and the arts and create ways to bring our students the technology and resources needed to participate in the certificates from their own homes
  • Pivot from our in-person Chicago college tour in April to providing high school students with interactive college admissions sessions and student panels accessible any time from home from a variety of colleges – including 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, HBCUs, and tribal colleges
  • Create an award-winning Boundary Waters Minneapolis Editionweeklong adventure for 100 middle school students
  • Offer thousands of students access to rich, immersive theater experiences – both in person with their families and then online through facilitated activities and shows offered via the PS website

Please click on the links in the left menu for details from our report.