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9 12, 2014

Young voices will chart Northern Minnesota’s future

By |December 9th, 2014|Youth Voice|

Aaron Brown is an Iron Range blogger, author, radio producer and columnist for the Hibbing Daily Tribune. It's with appreciation we share a link to his recent post about the work we're doing here in the Itasca area, and the importance of listening to our young people. Here's a teaser: ..."it would do this region well to listen to its [...]

8 12, 2014

Introducing Promise Fellow Anna Carlson

By |December 8th, 2014|Spark|

Americorps Fellow Anna Carlson is working with youth fro the Itasca area to assess the results from the Youth Voice Student Survey. Growing up in Jacobson, I have always felt a deep connection to rural Minnesota. It’s the place I call home, despite spending the last five years in the Twin Cities. Last December when I had the [...]

30 10, 2014

US Capitol tree taken down in northern Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest

By |October 30th, 2014|Partner News|

Yesterday the 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree was harvested off the Chippewa National Forest. The event, attended by over 170 area youth, was commemorated by ceremony, dance, drumming and speeches. The story below includes mention that during her speech, Leech Lake Tribal Chairwoman Carri Jones talked about 150 students and 30 to 40 elders making make the trip to Washington for [...]

27 10, 2014

Reading, learning, and succeeding with Project READ

By |October 27th, 2014|Early Childhood, Partner News, Prepared for school|

At its core, the Pathway is about all students having what they need to ensure a healthy future - regardless of their background, economic status or geographic location. Project Read, the Grand Rapids Area Library and Invest Early are ardent supporters of the Pathway goals, and remind us that reading skills play a vital role in a healthy future - [...]

21 10, 2014

Sharing local lessons on a national stage

By |October 21st, 2014|Spark|

Last week over 400 people involved in the national Strive Together Cradle to Career convened in San Diego CA for their 5th annul conference, Making Waves: Actions that Move Outcomes.  Among the attendees were area leaders Judy Lundquist, Nick Pretasky, Isaac Meyer and Jaci David. Along with Terri Sullivan from the Search Institute, the group presented a breakout session titled, [...]

7 10, 2014

Keewatin Elementary named ‘school of excellence’

By |October 7th, 2014|Demonstrate competency or mastery at current learning level, Partner News|

Congratulations to Keewatin Elementary! Read below, the story that appeared in last week's Scenic Range NewsForum... Keewatin Elementary School has been named as a Minnesota School of Excellence by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA). This honor was awarded to the school for its commitment to 21st century teaching and learning.     The Minnesota School of Excellence Program promotes [...]

23 09, 2014

New tools, resolve to deal with bullying problem

By |September 23rd, 2014|Feel accepted, Supported inside and outside of school|

The Pathway goals "Every student will feel accepted" and "Every student will be supported inside and outside of school" are core to this piece that appeared in the September 18 issue of the Scenic Range NewsForum. ... By Scott Stein     When the Minnesota legislature approved the Safe and Supportive Schools Act last April, many suggested that Minnesota went from [...]

23 09, 2014

Kick-starting conversations about youth in community

By |September 23rd, 2014|Youth Voice|

The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. -- Rachel Naomi Remen For those of us who work for, with, and about youth, it can be easy to believe we know what youth think, about their school, their friends, their [...]

16 09, 2014

Bridges Kinship Mentoring is looking for Lunch Buddies

By |September 16th, 2014|Partner News, Relationships that support mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being, Supported inside and outside of school|

The  mission of Bridges Kinship Mentoring is simple, "to help children and adolescent to achieve their greatest selves by connecting them with positive role models who can befriend, inspire, encourage and guide them." Lunch Buddies is one of their programs, and an easy way to get involved!   Volunteer Mary Jones talks about the program, "Our daughter, and only child, [...]