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Annual Report

From the Director and the Board

"Kids first."

Adrienne Diercks, Founder & Executive Director
Ann Ruschy, Board Chair

"Kids first." It has been our core value for the past 23 years. We are proud of our program and results for kids. We also must continuously adapt our proven approach to meet the needs of young people living in a rapidly changing world.

At Project SUCCESS, we dream big and we take action on those dreams. We have been building upon our strong foundation of programming by innovating the ways we reach, engage, and impact our students and families. One of our dreams is to offer a life-changing experience to every student we serve, so that each student has access to a truly transformational opportunity that helps them gain 21st century skills, a broader perspective, and the drive and adaptability they need to thrive in a global economy.

Pakou touring Harvard University.

Pakou joined us on one of these new experiences. She was nominated by her school to join 38 Minneapolis Public Schools students on a trip with Project SUCCESS to Boston in the fall of her senior year. Pakou and her peers toured Harvard and Boston Universities, met with college students from similar backgrounds, and broadened their views on the possibilities for their future. She is now at St. Catherine University pursuing a degree in finance. She stressed to us that Project SUCCESS must continue to offer experiences like the Boston trip because it cemented in her and her peers the belief that anything was possible.

The possibilities are truly limitless for our young people, but they need access to opportunities that open the doors to those possibilities. We want to provide each student we serve with at least one experience that will spark those “aha!” moments like Pakou had, giving them the hope and inspiration they need to reach for their dreams. We couldn’t do this important work without you.

Thank you for your contributions of time, resources, and energy that help us to provide quality experiences for our students and families, so that they can feel empowered to do big things for our community and our world.

Our time is now. We have committed to deepening and doubling our impact with our students and families. We look forward to continuing this journey with you, so that we can keep dreaming big and taking action – putting more kids first in the years to come.

Gratefully, Adrienne & Ann

Please click on the links in the left menu for details from our report. You can also download the report by clicking the button below. 

Annual Report 2015-16