‘One Has to Dream Big': Mentors, Family, Grit Help Light a Teen’s Future
Photo: Kathryn Styer Martinez for MPR News
Kathryn Styer Martinez, Minnesota Public Radio
When Edgar Omar Dominguez Casalez was 15, he received two lifelines—his mentor, Carlos Reyes, and a horse, Canelo. Both play important, though different, roles in what’s becoming a remarkable Minnesota journey.
Now 18, Casalez will graduate high school soon and then head to college. In a state that struggles to close persistent education gaps between white students and most students of color, his story shows the power of finding people who want to help, and then accepting it.