Media Coverage


Insight News – August 04, 2022

Project Success: Students define their own success and connect with purpose

An analysis of the McFarlane interview with Adrienne Diercks and Laura Garcia related to how Project Success helps students reach their dreams and the importance of supporting young people.

Al McFarlane – July 27, 2022

A Conversation with Al McFarlane – Building Wealth and Community

Al McFarlane interviewed Adrienne Diercks and Laura Garcia on how Project Success helps students reach their dreams by promoting community building to help shape their lives.

Minnesota Vikings – July 26, 2022

Vikings Partner with Project Success for Impactful Trip to Nation’s Capital

In partnership with the Minnesota Vikings, Project Success took high school students to Washington D.C.! The unique field trip in the nation’s capital provided an opportunity for youth to explore themes of identity, culture, community and equity as part of Project Success’ proven curriculum.


Kare11- February 14, 2022

How Super Bowl 52 grants are benefiting Minnesotans years later

A look back on how a $100,000 Legacy grant from the 2018 Super Bowl has impacted the Project Success Institute. Since its launch, long-term partnerships have been curated, and 600 students have earned 1,000 certificates.

Vikings- January 11, 2022

Vikings Support Project Success with $100K from Social Justice Committee

In partnership with the Minnesota Vikings’ and their team-up initiative, Project Success hosted a virtual global experiences event for the second year in a row for 30+ students from MPS high schools. During this year’s virtual experience the Minnesota Vikings gave a generous donation as well as dozens of scholarships to attending students.

MPR- January 06, 2022

MPR News with Angela Davis: What’s on the menu for 2022 

Within Angela Davis’ News Hour article and program for ‘What’s on the Menu for 2022,’ Project Success Institute Program Manager, James Rone, was featured discussing the Cooking Certificate program where we serve hundreds of students.

NPR- January 06, 2022

NPR News with Angela Davis: What’s on the menu for 2022 

NPR featured the local MPR Angela Davis News Hour program ‘What’s on the Menu for 2022’ that featured PS Institute Program Manager, James Rone, discussing our work in the Cooking Certificate with hundreds of students.

Star Tribune- January 01, 2022

Project Success cooking class offers Minneapolis students chance to learn, gather

Project Success’ Institute’s cooking course was featured alongside Institute Program Manager James Rone, Director of Schools & Curriculum Laura Garcia, and PS Institute students Chamsiyatou Iniwe and Oliver Czel.


Vikings- March 25, 2021

Vikings Players Connect With High Schoolers Through Project Success

The Minnesota Vikings have been proud partners with Project Success over the past few years. On March 25, the Minnesota Vikings celebrated and connected with Project Success seniors with the goal to guide students toward a successful future.

Vikings- March 26, 2021

Kendricks, Wonnum & Richardson Pass Lessons to Project Success Students

More than 50 Minneapolis Public Schools high school seniors in the Project Success program recently joined a virtual discussion with current Vikings Eric Kendricks and D.J. Wonnum, former fullback Tony Richardson and Owner/President Mark Wilf.


Vikings- November 24, 2020

Vikings Award Scholarships, Join Project Success for Virtual Field Trip

The Minnesota Vikings have generously awarded scholarships to our Project Success students and attended a virtual event along with students and PS staff to “visit” the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).


Twins – November 18, 2020

Twins’ new giving charter aimed at youth

The Minnesota Twins is pursuing an initiative of investing and partnering with youth-based organizations, such as Project Success, to ensure social, educational, and opportunity equity.


FOX9 News – November 17, 2020

Vikings and nonprofit hold virtual experience for students after trip canceled

FOX9 News covered a virtual event hosted by Project Success and the Vikings for students’ whose PS global experiences were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Star Tribune – April 23, 2020

Quarantine cooking with your kids? Here are 5 recipes made by young Twin Cities cooks

This article mentions the Project Success cooking certificate and how we’re continuing to engage with our students during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Star Tribune – March 20, 2020

Get free online cooking lessons from culinary masters while you’re social distancing

This article mentions the Project Success cooking certificate and its adaptation into an online course during the COVID-19 outbreak.


Education Week – November 14, 2019

Many Young People Think a High School Diploma Is Enough, Poll Finds

Adrienne Diercks is quoted in this article that pairs our Project Success Harris Poll with an AP Poll on what youth need for future planning and career success. Our results highlight the importance of soft skills and job preparation training for career success with nearly 80% of respondents saying soft skills and job preparation are absolutely essential or very important for career success.

MPR News – A Beautiful World – August 26, 2019

A Beautiful World: Project Success helps students identify, achieve their dreams

A Beautiful World on MPR News featured the Project Success story and the voices of alumna Shaadia Munye and executive director Adrienne Diercks. The show, hosted by Heather McElhatton, highlights positive stories from around the globe.

FOX 9 – June 26, 2019

Adrienne on the Jason Show

Project Success Executive Director Adrienne and PS student Tiana joined Vikings safety Anthony Harris yesterday on The Jason Show! They discussed the mission of Project Success and our recent trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture with the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota Vikings – June 2019

Vikings & Project Success Send MPS High Schoolers on ‘Life-Changing’ Trip

For four years, Project Success has led global expeditions to Washington D.C. These experiences immerse students in history and culture, while also encouraging them to explore a wide variety of paths for their futures. In April 2019, we partnered with the Minnesota Vikings for an unforgettable visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Click through to read the blog post, see photos and watch a video from this trip!

Star Tribune – July 15, 2019

Scene & Heard: Project Success Dreams to Action Breakfast

In April 2019, Project Success celebrated 25 years of connecting students to their purpose at the seventh annual Dreams to Action breakfast at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley. More than 550 people attended the event, which opened with Marcy Open School students singing a number from the musical Dear Edwina. Click through to see the photos.


MPR News – October 3

When kids come to see ‘Hamilton,’ it’s noisy downtown

Project Success and Adrienne Diercks are featured in MPR News’ “All Things Considered” in a two-piece feature on the Hamilton Education Program.

WCCO – September 28

Local Students Meet ‘Hamilton’ Cast After Taking Musical Curriculum

WCCO highlights the Hamilton Education Program, which Project Success sponsored.

MinnPost – September 28

‘Young, scrappy and hungry’: area high school students share the stage with ‘Hamilton’

Project Success and Adrienne Diercks are featured in this MinnPost article about the Hamilton Education Program.

Star Tribune – September 26

5,000 ‘little Hamiltons’ get their shot at hottest ticket in Twin Cities

Project Success and Adrienne Diercks are featured in this article about the Hamilton Education Program in Minneapolis.

KSTP – September 13

Folwell School, Performing Arts Magnet Students Surprised with ‘Hamilton’ Tickets

In September 2018, we offered a special opportunity for Folwell 8th grade students to see ‘Hamilton’, thanks to the presenters of ‘Hamilton’ and a generous grant from Aroha Philanthropies. Project Success has long believed in the power of theater to inspire students around important life themes and to imagine their place in the world. We look forward to sharing the power of ‘Hamilton’ with our students. Watch KSTP’s coverage for more.

Minnesota Business – March

Success Begets Success

A Minnesota Business Magazine profile on Adrienne Diercks, Executive Director of Project Success.

KSTP – January 30

First ever “Thinking Cap Camp,” conceived by Win-Win Founder and CEO Mike T. Brown, powered by Microsoft, and hosted by Project Success. Featuring current and former NFL MN Vikings players.


Southwest Journal – August 15

Project Success receives $100k grant from Super Bowl committee

The youth-development organization will use the funding to provide students with the ability to complete courses and earn school credit, develop technology skills and earn certifications in subjects such as health, wellness and physical education.

KARE11 – August 15

Project Success gets SB52 Legacy Grant

Project Success received a boost to help students via a $100,000 Super Bowl Legacy grant in August 2017.

Southwest Journal – March 22

Project Success brings MPS students to “King Lear” — at home and abroad

Eight Minneapolis Public Schools students had a chance to see “King Lear” in London with Project Success in fall 2016, leading up to March 2017 field trips to the Guthrie’s production of the show for 4,000 Minneapolis Public Schools students. Southwest Journal highlights the London experience and Project Success programming.

KSTP-TV News – March 14

Project Success “King Lear” Experience on KSTP

Throughout March 2017, Project Success brought more than 4,000 students from Minneapolis Public Schools to see “King Lear” in partnership with the Guthrie Theater. This segment covers one of our three field trips, and aired on KSTP on March 14, 2017.

The Wake – March 13

“The Bad Kids” Leads to Important Discussions on Education

Featuring Project Success Executive Director Adrienne Diercks, who participated in a panel discussion following a screening of the documentary “The Bad Kids” at the TPT.


MPR News – September 23

Minnesotans mark the opening of African-American museum in D.C.

In September of 2016, we brought eight Minneapolis Public Schools high school students to the National Museum of African American Heritage and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Saint Paul Magazine – August

Spotlight on Success

Highlighting our student-created musical, “And So I Did,” and the cast’s engaging performances to students all over the Twin Cities.

MinnPost – April 20

Celebrating youth enrichment through theater, goal setting and experiential learning

A MinnPost reporter’s perspective on the 4th annual Dreams to Acton Breakfast, which took place April 19, 2016.

La Voz Latina – April 1

Project Success se presentó en Morelos con gran éxito (Spanish)

Project Success introduced themselves with great success in Morelos (English)

An article published in La Voz Latina about our student-created musical, “And So I Did,” and our travels to Mexico.

MinnPost – March 18

‘Hungry for Equity’: Students inspire and challenge us to reduce disparities

Featuring Project Success alumna, Husna Ibrahim, who spoke at the March 5 Hungry for Equity Forum.

Southwest Journal – February 11

Project Success heads to Mexico (pg. A15)

Information about Project Success and our February 2016 trip to Mexico with student-created musical, “And So I Did.”


MinnPost – October 26

A visit to Harvard offers information, and inspiration, for Minneapolis students

Highlighting the Minneapolis Public Schools / Project Success partnership on a college tour to Boston. Adrienne Diercks and Roosevelt High School student Pa Kou Lee are featured.

ThreeSixty – May 15

Finding Success in her journey

Alumna Amira Warren-Yearby writes about her experience with Project Success.

Comcast Newsmakers – May 2

Featuring Adrienne Diercks


Twin Cities Daily Planet – April 29

Her Dream Came True: Meet Husna Ibrahim

A Community Voices submission by Gino Terrell featuring Project Success alumna Husna Ibrahim


Twin Cities Daily Planet – December 22

Project Success aims to help kids better achieve goals

A Community Voices submission by Gino Terrell

WCCO-TV – November 6

Adrienne Diercks Talks Maiden Minnesota (video no longer available)

Project Success was the 2014 charity partner with Maiden Minnesota.

KARE-11 – November 1

Maiden Minnesota celebrates local, women-owned companies

Project Success was the 2014 charity partner with Maiden Minnesota.

Clear Channel Radio – Twin Cities Community Podcast – August 25

Project Success

Broadcast on 8/24 and 8/31/14 on KTLK, KDWB, The FAN, K102, KOOL 108 and Cities 97, Adrienne Diercks talks about Project Success during a 30 minute interview with Cities 97’s Lee Valsvik

Minnesota Public Radio – August 19

Rybak, Generation Next announce steps to shrink achievement gap

R.T. Rybak mentions Project Success and alumna Husna Ibrahim, as she “brought down the house” at Generation Next’s announcement of its plan to tackle the achievement gap.

Star Tribune – August 19

Generation Next pushes ambitious plan to reduce achievement gap 

Article features photo of Project Success Alumna, Husna Ibrahim, as she fired up the crowd at Generation Next’s announcement of its plan to tackle the achievement gap.

St. Paul Pioneer Press – August 18

St. Paul, Minneapolis schools lay out achievement-gap strategy

Project Success and Patrick Henry High School alumna Husna Ibrahim and Project Success are mentioned as part of the Generation Next announcement.

BringMeTheNews – August 18

Coalition led by Rybak offers plan to attack achievement gap in schools

This is not a losing battle. Caring adults who take the time to make a difference actually make an impact.” – Project Success and Patrick Henry High School alumna, Husna Ibrahim

KSTP – August 18

Education Leaders Work to Close Achievement Gap in Twin Cities Schools

Project Success and Patrick Henry High School alumna Husna Ibrahim is featured in this segment about the Generation Next announcement.

WCCO – August 18

Generation Next Announces Plan to Bridge Achievement Gap

Project Success and Patrick Henry High School alumna Husna Ibrahim is featured in this segment about the Generation Next announcement.


Star Tribune Editorial – December 4

Local bright spots in college readiness push

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Best of the Twin Cities – October 1

Living to Give: 2013 Volunteer Hall of Fame

Project Success Board Member Elise Linehan honored in the Volunteer Hall of Fame

MinnPost Learning Curve – May 6

Project Success celebrating its now-documented results

WCCO TV  Life To The Max – May 4

“Helping Kids Dream”


Minnesota Public Radio Classical – November 28

Music with Minnesotans: Ryan Shipley

Twin Cities METRO Magazine – September

Gap Year(s), How Minnesota’s educational achievement gap will plague our future, featuring Adrienne Diercks.

KARE 11 Sunrise – August 16

Project Success and Twin Cities Public Schools

KMSP Fox 9 Morning News – August 9

Help the Transition Into High School With Project Success

KMSP Fox 9 Morning News — July 3

Project Success enriches Minn. kids lives

Insight interview with Project Success’ Laura Garcia and Paige Ware, hosted by Clear Channel Communities™. The original interview aired on KDWB, Twin Cities News Talk, the FAN, K102, Cities 97 and KOOL 108 on May 6 and 13, 2012. Click here to hear the podcast.


In November 2011, Project Success was selected as the charity partner for the annual event, Maiden Minnesota. The following links are media coverage for the event: Star Tribune, WCCO, KARE 11

KMSP News — August 22

Founder Talks Project Success Workshops

KMSP News — June 16

Project Success Talks BWCA Learning


Star Tribune — August 23

Editorial: A motivating start to high school – Minneapolis freshmen are at Camp 2014 this week.

KARE-11 Sunrise — August 10

Project Success setting freshmen up for success

KARE-11 EXTRA — April 29

Dream Maker Award winner sets kids on a path to their dreams

Southwest Journal — April 19 – May 2

An award-winning attitude

Twin Cities Daily Planet – March 30

13th Annual Ann Bancroft Dream Maker Awards


Star Tribune – August 12

Ninth-graders get ready for the big time

Digital Soup Employee Newsletter – May

BI / Digital Marketing (now BI Worldwide)

Project Success and BI / Digital Marketing

The Bridge – April
Succeeding students


Life to the Max – The Success of Project Success
Original Airdate: April 26, 2008

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business – July 11

Women to Watch – Adrienne Diercks

Southwest Journal – August 25
Bringing Success to Washburn
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN Star Tribune – March 12
Project Success Recipient of 2008 Sally Award


Minnesota Public Radio – May 30, 2006

Making Art Accessible to the Poor: Remove the Obstacles

Project Success on KARE 11 – Oct. 2006

What’s Cool in Our School

Southwest Journal – Feb 21, 2005

Project Success asks students ‘WHAT’S NEXT?’