Wunderkammer 2018-01-23T20:40:26+00:00

Join us for a unique approach to connect career opportunities to youth in an innovative way! The Sundance Foundation has partnered with St. Paul College to host a Wunderkammer Career Exploratorium on Wednesday, November 1st from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Maplewood YMCA.

The event is designed to briefly engage and explore careers that are not familiar to students. These small-scale sharing sessions allow seasoned technicians to talk about their own personal excitement for their fields.

Shared conversations and afternoons of micro-mentoring lead students, particularly those with little means, to discover unexplored career paths and attainable livable wage jobs.

We are seeking businesses and organizations who want to showcase work opportunities in a hands-on way to spark youth interest. There will be a variety of students joining us for the day for you to interact with who are exploring attainable career options.

We are focused on showcasing hands-on activities and demos.  Think about how you plan to interact with youth: do you have a hands-on activity or a demo you can repeat throughout the day? If you are intrigued, interested but unsure, please contact us for more assistance!!

Pre-registration is required.

There is no cost to participate but we are asking businesses to consider a $100 donation toward the cost of hosting the event. Please use this link to make a payment: https://www.vhedc.com/make-a-payment/

A more detailed logistics package will be available, however, here is a general overview.

  • Booth: 10 x 8 space w/ table
  • Please note if electricity will be need for interactive
  • Please share any dietary needs (Lunch will be provided)
  • Total time commitment for vendors – 4 ½ hours
  • Presentation/booth time – 3 ½ hours
  • Vendors are able to set up as early as 9 am
    • Park in lot – Free pass will be issued by host
  • All vendor responsibilities end by 1:30 (latest)
  • Presentation floor will be open for community participants (18 and older) from 10 am to noon
  • High School Youth (selected for their eagerness to work after high school) will enter the presentation floor from noon to 1:30 pm
  • Lunch will be served from 11 am to noon
  • Access to Presenter breakroom during event
  • Free assistance with design of exhibit for community engagement

The cost of this event is being underwritten by the Sundance Family Foundation, however, please consider contributing to your direct cost (piping, drapes, space, electricity, etc.) with a donation to the Wunderkammer Initiative.

Please contact Paul Kramer to arrange payment, or to help with any other questions.

Please note, Sundance Family Foundation plans to share the story of this event with other parties. This event will have a photographer. Your participation in this event confirms consent to be photographed.

Your support is much appreciated. In addition, we are seeking sponsorships for this event. If you are interested, please contact Ling Becker.

Register for Wunderkammer November 1

We are looking for cutting edge manufacturers, industry and trades leaders who can offer engage youth with a sampling of the type of skills they would use in a career with your business.

Photos from April 30th Wunderkammer as a part of the NE Community Expo!