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3M Open and Greater Twin Cities United Way Present Social Justice Leadership Award To Jessica Rogers, Founder and Executive Director Connections to Independence

Oct 14, 2021

OCTOBER 13, 2021

BLAINE, MN— Today the 3M Open, in partnership with Greater Twin Cities United Way, presented Jessica Rogers the Social Justice Leadership Award and provided a $7,500 grant to her nonprofit organization, Connections to Independence.


Rogers’ established her organization in 2010 with a mission to provide unique programming and advocacy for foster care youth, ages 14-24, to promote a successful and healthy transition to living independently as they reach adulthood. Rogers also serves as the Executive Director.


Through Rogers’ leadership and collaboration with multiple other local nonprofits and foundations, the outcomes of the youth in the program have exceeded national outcomes. This has gained attention from other states who are looking to Connections to Independence for insight on how to adapt the program in their own communities.


“At Greater Twin Cities United Way, the vision for our community impact work is to disrupt inequity,” said Stephannie L. Lewis, Associate Vice President, Community Impact, Greater Twin Cities United Way. “Changemakers are people who name challenges, identify solutions and take action to transform their communities because they want to make our home – the greater Twin Cities – a better place for everyone. Jessica is certainly one of those individuals.”

“Through the 3M Open Fund, we as a tournament, are grateful to have the opportunity to make an impact on the community and people like Jessica throughout the year,” said Mike Welch, 3M Open Tournament Director. “Our goal is to not only have a wonderful tournament week but to play a role in the fabric of the community as often as possible.”


Today, the tournament staff also assisted with a distribution drop-off for Greater Twin Cities United Way’s Home For Good program. The program provides essential household items to local families and individuals transitioning from homelessness to stable housing..  

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