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Our story

Passion can’t be faked

It started with a dream: empowering African American students in Saint Paul through culture, art, technology, and social justice. With a diverse staff and Board of Directors who share experience in youth development, 30K embodies an unwavering dedication to the Saint Paul community—leading our path toward a better tomorrow.

Who we are

Meet our founders

Kevin Robinson
Executive Director
Vanessa Young
Director of Programs and Policy

Our team

Emily Vang
Operations and Case Management Coordinator
Shontel Booker
Transformative Justice Coordinator
Mai Ka Vang
Literacy Teacher
Rae Charles Harge
Curriclum and Instruction Coordinator
Boston Mwansa
Tech Geek Supporter
Ryan Gallagher
Online Tech Geek Supporter
Zang Yang
Tech Geek Program Lead
Youth Board Member
Chauntyll Allen
Board Member
Saint Paul Public School Board Director
Ta-Coumba Aiken
Honorary Board Member
Internationally Known Artist
Carleton Crutchfield
Board Member
Professor in Business Law at Saint Cloud State University
Raj Sethuraju
Board Member
Professor in Criminal Justice Department at Metropolitan State University
Amy Claussen
Academic Coach
Joan Dao
Academic Coach
Emma Bouwman
Academic Coach
Abe Asher
Academic Coach
Results that matter

The numbers are real. The students are excelling. Since 2013, our experiential learning model has helped more than 2,000 Saint Paul youth realize their full potential. With your help, we create boundless opportunities for the next generation of changemakers.

Get to know us

Let’s get the ball rolling! Whether you’re a student, parent, donor, or business, we’re excited to collaborate with you.