Amherst H. Wilder Foundation 2019 Annual Report Latino Leadership Program Alumni

Annual Report

2019: Creating lasting, positive change for whole families at the Wilder Foundation

Messages from Wilder's Leadership

Today, Wilder is a strong and effective organization on the forefront of pioneering new approaches to fight poverty, stabilize families and connect people to life-sustaining opportunities.

MayKao Y. Hang, Wilder President and CEO

Wilder continues to make great strides in our work to create lasting, positive change for whole families.

Julie Brunner, Wilder Board Chair

Your support is an investment in Wilder's mission. We are grateful for you, our generous donors, volunteers, partners and supporters who make our mission possible. Thank you from all of us at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation!

Leaders in Community

Wilder leadership program alumni use purposeful engagement to make positive change

“It is this gathering of people—intergenerational—that transcends race and economic backgrounds,” Xiomara says about the Neighborhood Leadership Program. “It provides a sense of cultural sensitivity, to empathize with people in their own lived experiences in order to become familiar with what other people actually grapple with. You’re not alone, despite all the differences that you may have. It gives you the extra push that you need to be effective.”

Read: Neighborhood Leadership Program Helps Minnesota Newcomer Xiomara Bell Connect with Diverse Communities

“What I learned from the Latino Leadership Program is that you can do things that you don’t even believe you can do,” Monica says. “It makes you feel stronger and ready to conquer the world.”

Read: Artist, Volunteer and Activist Monica Vega Unlocks Her Changemaking Passion with the Latino Leadership Program

Now the chief inclusion officer for the state of Minnesota, Chris says he continues to use the skills from the Shannon at work and in his personal life. “I can look at the Shannon as a turning point for me as a leader,” he says. 

Read: Shannon Alum Chris Taylor Uses Values to Lead Change for a Diverse, Inclusive and Equitable Minnesota

Linda realized during her first Community Equity Program meeting that it had been years since she was in a room with all people of color who care about advocacy. “I actually cried,” Linda says. “It felt like I could really be myself.”

Read: Community Equity Program Gives Experienced Leader Linda Garrett-Johnson a Deeper Understanding of the Legislative Process

“I learned in YLI that I could do something and make a difference, and it started with taking initiative,” Theng Yeng says. “I developed the passion for creating the community I wanted.”

Read: The Youth Leadership Initiative Empowered Me to Believe that My Voice Matters and I Can Make a Difference

Stable Housing: Determined Youth

The 2018 Minnesota Homelessness Study found 1,484 homeless youth age 24 and younger who are experiencing homelessness on their own.

See More Research from the 2018 MN Homelessness Study
Sebastian Dina, participant in Wilder supportive housing services, poses in front of his car outside Lincoln Place supportive housing development in Eagan, Minnesota

Determination and Stable Housing at Lincoln Place Helped Youth with Work, College, Car and Sobriety

Sebastian Dina knew what he wanted when he moved to Lincoln Place: His driver’s license back, to buy a car and start college. With stable housing and support from Wilder staff at Lincoln Place, a supportive housing development in Eagan f...More about this story »

Mental Health & Wellness: Therapeutic Teaching Model

I love seeing the growth within the kids that you usually wouldn’t see within a year.

Laneka Rogers, Education Assistant, Therapeutic Teaching Model

Making Data Work: Data Parties by Wilder Research

Three women huddle around a table, looking at a computer.

Facilitating Data-Informed Decisions: East Metro Pulse Data Parties

The Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundations wanted to make a rich data resource about the residents of the east metro available to policymakers, funders and local leaders working to improve the lives of community members. Wilder Research pa...More about this story »

Volunteer Impact: Transforming the Center for Social Healing

Year in Review: Photos & Memories from 2019

Wilder's Mary Her with Wilder school-based mental health donor Mai Kou Xiong
Mai Kou Xiong, right, received the inaugural Mai Kou Xiong Legacy Award in May 2019 for her contributions to Hlub Zoo, a school-based mental health program for students of Southeast Asian descent. Mai Kou passed away in July 2019.
Nancy Carlson and Wilder Child Development Center student with book
Celebrated children’s author Nancy Carlson read books and gave drawing lessons during a visit to the Child Development Center. She also visited the Community Center for Aging where her “Doodle-A-Day” art was on exhibit.
Wilder Research staff and guests recording a  podcast
Nicole MartinRogers of Wilder Research; KaYing Yang of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders; and Paul Mattessich of Wilder Research recorded a podcast on data disaggregation
Attendees at Wilder's Block Party
Attendees at Wilder’s Block Party in August 2019 enjoyed games, food and fun for all ages.
3M volunteers at Wilder with the annual backpack drive
Volunteers from 3M spent a day sorting and filling backpacks at Wilder Center to give students the tools they need to succeed in school.
Guests at Knowledge-Compassion-Action luncheon at Wilder
Guests at a leadership event raised their hands if they had benefited from a mentor in their lives. The event brought together research findings on Wilder community leadership programs with stories from staff and participants.
Philip Adenodi, community service award winner with Wilder President MayKao Y. Hang
Adewale (Philip) Adenodi, a volunteer with the Youth Leadership Initiative, shakes hands with Wilder President and CEO MayKao Y. Hang after receiving the Sandy Kiernat Community Service Award in May 2019.
Wilder Annual Report 2019 High school students graduated from the Youth Leadership Initiative, a Wilder program that helps youth develop strong, effective leadership skills to take meaningful action on community issues they care about.
High school students graduated from the Youth Leadership Initiative, a Wilder program that helps youth develop strong, effective leadership skills to take meaningful action on community issues they care about.
Angela Clair, Jeanelle Foster and Judy Ohm speak about parent education
Parent educator and early childhood teacher Jeanelle Foster, center, illustrated how parent education can be a powerful tool to help children strengthen their emotional and social development and create healthy relationships with parents and peers.
Tee McClenty, Integrated Care and High Risk Pregnancy Program, speaking at Wilder
Tee McClenty, Integrated Care and High Risk Pregnancy Initiative Program (ICHRP) Manager at NorthPoint Wellness Center, reports on their work at a Spring into Action event hosted by the African American Babies Coalition and Projects and March of Dimes.
Paul Mattessich, Ellen Wolter, Allison Liuzzi and Tawanna Black at Minnesota Compass Annual Meeting
Tawanna Black, right, founder and chief executive officer of the Center for Economic Inclusion, served as keynote speaker at the 2019 Minnesota Compass annual meeting.
Tina Smith with young volunteer at Wilder Community Center for Aging
U.S. Senator Tina Smith met with one of Wilder’s youngest Meals on Wheels volunteers while speaking with caregivers and service providers for older adults at the Wilder Community Center for Aging in March 2019.
2019 Recipients of Kingston Fellowships for Wilder employees
The ninth class of Kingston Fellows named in March. L-R are Cardina Esparza, Tabe Htoo, Theresa Lloyd, Nway Linn, Lee Yang, Wilder president and CEO MayKao Y. Hang and retired president and CEO Tom Kingston. Not pictured: Fellow Lindsay Turner.