RISE for Youth works to address racial disparities for young people

RISE for Youth program poster
RISE for Youth, a new collaboration between Mayo Clinic and the Rochester, Minn., branch of the NAACP, is working to create equitable pathways for Black and underrepresented students.
Courtesy of Wale Elegbede

A recent report from Minnesota Compass shows the education system in Minnesota is failing to engage young BIPOC students in STEM skills. A new initiative in Rochester, Minn., is hoping to do something about that.

RISE for Youth is a collaboration between Mayo Clinic and the Rochester branch of the NAACP. It represents a commitment of $100 million by Mayo to eliminate disparities and create opportunities for underrepresented youth.

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Walé Elegbede, left, and Anjali Bhagra.
Courtesy of Wale Elegbede

Two of the leaders of that movement joined host Cathy Wurzer on Monday’s edition of Minnesota Now to talk about how they launching the program this November.


  • Walé Elegbede, president of the Rochester branch of the NAACP and Mayo Clinic Director of Strategy Management Services.

  • Dr. Anjali Bhagra, medical director of Mayo Clinic's Office of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity and a professor or medicine.

Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

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