Studying success

Sydney Reuben grew up without a stable home, living at times in shelters with her mother, then in a youth shelter on her own. She is determined to follow a different path—to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness — and Nicollet Square gave her a platform to dream bigger.

Because she could pay an affordable rent, Sydney saved money. Because she had a quiet place to do her homework, Sydney’s completed three semesters at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and plans to transfer to a four-year school to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Using skills she learned at Nicollet Square, Sydney recently moved into a Richfield apartment.

“I know where I come from, and I know what I need to succeed,” Sydney said. “I’ve really come a long way.” 


Sydney's pictured at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Library. Photo credit: Rebecca Zenefski