Courageous Stories

Highlighting community stories of courage, strength and resiliency


Neighborhood Leadership Program Graduate Helps Start Youth Group

A Neighborhood Leadership Program graduate brings youth to the table by starting a mentor group in East St. Paul, MN. Read this story »

I Didn't Know I Was A Leader: An Alumna's Experience In The Latino Leadership Program

Not realizing she was already a community leader, an alumna recounts her confidence-building experience in the Latino Leadership Program (Programa de Liderazgo Latino). Read this story »

Northside Achievement Zone

There is a lot of buzz today about how nonprofits can use data to solve the world’s problems. At the Northside Achievement Zone it is more than a buzz, it is a strongly held belief. We can use data to end multi-generational poverty, but we must have the right partner. That’s why we chose Wilder Research. Read this story »

Helping Older Adults Live their Best Lives with Adult Day Health

Twice a week, 81-year-old Jerry Castle spends the day chatting with friends, painting, gardening, playing trivia, exercising and joining in other activities that engage his mind and body at Wilder’s Adult Day Health program. Read this story »

How a Caregiver Found Support to Help With Her Husband's Dementia

One caregiver shares her journey of finding Wilder's Healthy Aging & Caregiving services to help with her husband's dementia. Read this story »

It's Grown to Be Our Home: A Whole-Family Focus at the Child Development Center

All four of this parent's children attended the Child Development Center, where she found the specific academic, social and emotional support she and her family needed to succeed and thrive. Read this story »

Kofi Alum Inspires Next Generation of African American Youth

Army veteran, college graduate and pursuing graduate studies in social work, a Kofi alum shares his experience and success with the school-based program for African American youth at Wilder. Read this story »

Youth Leadership Initiative Alumna Draws on Leadership Lessons in School and Life

Already a leader, this first-generation Hmong American embraced her multicultural identity in the Youth Leadership Initiative program, became the first alum to earn a master’s degree and launched a career in intercultural communication. Read this story »