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A Commitment to STRIVE

In the winter of 2013, I was an instructor on what we call an Insight Day here at VOBS, Twin Cities Center. On this particular day, we were supposed to snowshoe. The students met us as at the site and we gave them extra layers to keep warm then showed them how to wear snowshoes….

The Hitch Is Knot Enough

My father is a dreamer, a man of ideas, who is always looking for the big moments in life. For my father, the holiday season is just the right mixture of tradition, excitement and calendar pressure– squeeze in every moment of joy before the ball drops and a new count down starts. When I was…

The Challenges of the Hour

One of VOBS’ Twin Cities partners is New Lens Urban Mentoring Society. New Lens offers young adult, black males access to high quality mentoring with the goal of shrinking the achievement gap by increasing enrollment in challenging high school courses (AP, AVID and IB) and completion of post secondary experiences. VOBS’ work with New Lens…

Rae-Rae: In Love With Being On Trail

I’m delighted to introduce you to my friend and VOBS instructor extraordinaire, Rachel Hedlund. Rae-Rae, as she is affectionately known, has a super-infectious laugh, a surfer alter ego and is the only person I know who refers to Ruth Bader Ginsburg as “Notorious RBG.” I was lucky enough to spend 8 days in her company…