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Shaping Your Future Videos

Shaping Your Future: Why Minnesota Families Choose College

This collection of high-quality and accessible videos promotes career and college readiness among Minnesota students and families, particularly those under-represented in postsecondary education.

Community partners, schools and other organizations may also view, share and embed these videos on their websites via the Minnesota Department of Education's YouTube page. To request a complimentary DVD, email

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Produced by Twin Cities Public Television.

Presented by the Minnesota Department of Education's Office of College & Career Success.

Student Montages

What I Wish I Would've Known in High School
Why I Chose Postsecondary Education
How to Find Help

Parent Montages (multiple languages)

Getting Involved in Your Child's Education
Why and How Families Chose College

Language Specific Videos with English Subtitles

Students Go Video Nav Image ThreeEspañol - Walda & Paola's Story
Walda is the mother of Paola, who is in her second year of college. She says it was difficult to learn the process for her daughter to get into college. They worked together to get the information they needed to get her into school. 
5:45 minutes

Students Go Video Nav Image ThreeHmoob - Nao Yia & Yeng's Story
Nao Yia and Yeng emigrated from Thailand to the U.S. with their seven children in 1992. Two of their children are currently attending college. Yeng says it is important for parents to be involved in their children's education.
7:35 minutes

Students Go Video Nav Image ThreeSoomaali - Alwiyo and Mohamed
Alwiyo and her three children grew up in Nairobi before moving with her to the United States. A challenge for her is the difference between her upbringing and that of her children in America. Alwiyo says even though cultures are quite different, they are the same in some ways and you don’t have to be scared off.
4:08 minutes

Students Go Video Nav Image ThreeEspañol - Petra & Arturo
Petra and Arturo are the parents of Jorge. Petra says that at the beginning of Jorge’s journey in education they suffered a lot because they don’t speak English. With the help of school support programs for non-English speaking families, they better understand how the system works. Both parents are happy about Jorge’s future because he’s moving forward and accomplishing his dream.
4:45 minutes

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  • Minnesota Department of Education