CDF Beat the Odds® Program is Sunsetting
Since 1990, the the CDF Beat the Odds program across the United States has transformed young lives and emboldened youth on their path into adulthood. We are grateful to all who have supported this program over the years and honored to have played a part in amplifying the strength and talent of our Beat the Odds honorees.
While we are retiring the CDF Beat the Odds program and brand, a new program is coming that will provide more robust support for young people and we look forward to your continued support.
We at CDF will spend this year reflecting on the past 30 years and exploring how we can propel upcoming generations into successful futures with a new program under a new name which we will announce in early 2023. This bold undertaking is a part of our larger commitment to develop the next generation of youth leaders and organizers.
About Beat the Odds in Minnesota
As noted above, CDF is retiring the Beat the Odds program and brand. We are taking this year to explore and develop a new program under a new name to develop the next generation of youth leaders and organizers.
For nearly thirty years, CDF’s Beat the Odds program in Minnesota honored outstanding high schools students who have faced tremendous adversity and demonstrated resilience, courage, and hope. Each year, these scholars have been celebrated at the annual CDF-MN Beat the Odds event. Their powerful stories have inspired and informed CDF’s efforts to change the odds for all children and have served as a stirring reminder and call to action for change-makers, policymakers, and every one of us to renew our commitment to children and youth.
At our 2022 CDF-MN Celebration Event this coming fall, we will look back on thirty years of the Beat the Odds program in Minnesota and celebrate the successes of our scholars and alumni. We will share highlights of our local organizing and advocacy efforts, youth leadership development and Minnesota CDF Freedom Schools® programs. Check back for more details as we set date and plans for our 2022 event. We hope you will join us!
To our current Beat the Odds youth: We are not abandoning you. We will honor all current commitments and continue to support you in your journey to and through college.
To our Beat the Odds alumni: You are forever a part of our CDF family. We look forward to staying in touch and to celebrating with you at our fall 2022 Event.
To our partners and donors: We hope you will continue investing in Minnesota youth with your donations this year. We look forward to celebrating and sharing stories with you at our event this fall.
Recent Beat the Odds Honorees