Our Press

We’re proud these publications have recognized our work over the past four years. Here’s what they had to say:

The Wildling in the New York Times

The New York Times for Kids (print only) article.



Star Tribune.  "Minneapolis students share pandemic struggles through Story Booth: Nonprofit Wildling invites Minneapolis students to tell their stories in a supportive environment." By Michelle Bruch, December 10, 2021 See Article

The Week Junior (print only). "Website of the Week: The Wildling story booth. Last year wasn't easy but with kids getting vaccinated and classrooms full of friends again, thing are looking brighter. For this project, students from elementary school to high school made short recordings about their pandemic memories."

Minneapolis Public Radio Megan Kaplan and Marybeth Romslo interview with Minnesota Now's Cathy Wurzer. "Helping kids find themselves through their stories" See Article

Driven by More
"Just that little touch of what the kids say is amazing to watch unfold, and as the mic is passed, we always see such a beautiful mix of stories, and none are better than the others."
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We’ve anonymously surveyed every participant and are proud that 100% of our Wildlings said they would recommend our workshop to a friend and participate again. Pinch us! Here are just a few shout outs from educators, parents and our participants…

Founders / Story Coaches / Staff

“BBBV was a soulful experience that I will never forget. The bravery the girls exhibited in sharing their stories and allowing themselves to be vulnerable, has inspired me to continue to serve & pour into young black girls.”

—Alexis Barmon, Brown but BLACK Co-founder, Local Musician

Educators / Professionals

“The Wildling has demonstrated that you honor individual differences, and, in doing so, advances linkages through heartfelt, empathic, and kind communication through storytelling!”

—Michelle Abellera, Psychiatric Social Worker, Franklin Middle School

“You’re teaching them to listen deeply and respectfully. To share/reveal deep and powerful life moments with others. To make sense of those life moments. To gather the lessons from our life experiences. From learning about story structure to hearing about the resilience and life experiences of others…”

—Tish Hammond, Education Professor, Hamline University


“This morning, Graham ran back upstairs before the bus, saying “I want to bring my Wildling notebook today! You know, in case I get any free time to write.”

—Alisa, Parent

Such a loving, accepting vibe.  What a great gift to the kids to be able to celebrate openly who they are, and who they are becoming. Thank you, Wildling.

—Robyn, Parent


“My daughter now knows she is her own person, and everyone is unique and their own loving and caring way.”

—Kianna, Parent


Empowering is the first word that comes to mind when I reflect on the experience Harlow had with The Wildling. Writing and sharing her honest truths to a full room of eager and wholly present listeners. Thank you for giving our girl a safe and comfortable place to honor herself.

—Coryn, Parent


“I liked how there were no boundaries on what we were allowed to write about. The teachers made me feel very comfortable, it wasn’t awkward at all.

—Silas, Wildling Participant


“I didn’t want to get up and tell my story because I thought it would be too embarrassing in front of everybody.  After I heard other kids tell theirs, then I was fine, and I thought it was really, really fun.”

—Bennett, Wildling Participant


“The Wildling Coaches motivated and pushed our youth speakers to think bigger and let their voices be heard, while also providing them with positive, useful feedback. At the end of the workshop, our speakers practiced presenting in a safe space amongst peers, and left with renewed confidence to give their talks on stage.”

—Kayla Maring, Youth Coordinator, TEDxYouth@Edina


“The Wildling was a life changing moment not only for myself, but for my girls who joined from Southside Village. The entire concept behind The Wildling is exceptional and a necessity for our young boys and girls of this generation. At their age, I did not have the opportunity or exposure to acknowledge my voice and what it meant to have one.” I can't wait to see the continued growth within the girls I brought and other attendees who may come in the near future.”

—Wainy Melake, Education Coordinator, Boys and Girls Club