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12 11, 2017

Deer River Afterschool Champions collect awards from Ignite Afterschool

By |November 12th, 2017|High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Supported inside and outside of school|

As Itasca County joined the national celebration of Lights on Afterschool last month, we were thrilled to have two of our local afterschool champions recognized by Ignite Afterschool, Minnesota’s statewide afterschool network. Kayleen MonacelliAfterschool ChampionYouthWorker/Practitioner Category Kayleen Monacelli from Deer River Community Education and the Deer River Boys and Girls Club was awarded Afterschool Champion in the Youth [...]

2 11, 2017

SPARK Community Engagement Coordinator November update

By |November 2nd, 2017|Spark|

Two months into the school year, Courtney Johnson, SPARK's Community Engagement Coordinator, updated the SPARK Council on her work with young people in our community. She's currently working directly with students at Northern Lights Community School (NLCS), the Alternative Learning Center (ALC) in Grand Rapids, Bigfork High School, and Hill City High School.  At NLCS and the ALC the program [...]

30 10, 2017

Programming for youth? Up your game with Youth Program Quality Basics training

By |October 30th, 2017|High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Professional Development|

Itasca Networks for Youth will be sponsoring a Youth Program Quality (YPQ) Basics training for all Itasca Area Youth providers on December 15 from 9:00 to 2:00 at the University of Minnesota Extension classroom.  This training is open to anyone who works with youth outside of school in the Greater Itasca Area. Participants will dig into the specific practices as defined [...]

26 10, 2017

Itasca Networks for Youth: 10 years strong and supporting kids afterschool

By |October 26th, 2017|High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Partner News|

Today is the national celebration of Lights On Afterschool.  SPARK is celebrating all the great afterschool happenings in our area with the Itasca Networks for Youth (INY).  Courtney Johnson, Community Engagement Coordinator with SPARK and U of M Extension offers this blog post to highlight how the network advances quality afterschool opportunities for kids in our area.  From Courtney Johnson: This [...]

12 10, 2017

Where in the World is Afterschool?

By |October 12th, 2017|High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Supported inside and outside of school|

Itasca Networks for Youth (INY) builds high quality afterschool programs for all kids in the greater Itasca Area. In 2016, INY adopted the quality principles described in “Believe it. Build it.  Minnesota’s Guide to Effective Afterschool Practices.”  You can learn more about the guide here.  By adopting these principles, INY is dedicated to recognizing the wide variety of ways and [...]

12 09, 2017

Calling all partners (and those who want to be): October Core Team meeting

By |September 12th, 2017|High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Partner News, Relationships that support mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being|

Need a hearty start to a late October morning? Come to the next Core Team gathering! October 24, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. University of Minnesota Extension -- Grand Rapids office  -- Parking is available behind the offices. Itasca Networks for Youth (INY) will share how area afterschool providers design programs to build strong relationships between area youth and supportive adults. [...]

2 05, 2017

Beyond the Family — SPARKing strong connections for youth

By |May 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Spring is finally here.  And with the freshness that Spring brings, SPARK has taken a fresh look at our work. The leaders and residents of the Itasca Area are committed to building stronger futures for all young people who grow up here.  One way each and every adult can be part of that vision is to connect with young people [...]

20 03, 2017

Courtney Johnson: a new SPARK to engage community

By |March 20th, 2017|Spark|

  Courtney Johnson bubbles with enthusiasm as she introduces herself around the community as the “new SPARK hire”.  The source of her enthusiasm? A strong desire to give back to the community that supported her in her early years. “I am an Itasca County native,” she said. “I attended Hill City School grades K-12, and I am a proud 2010 [...]

21 02, 2017

Grand Rapids 9th graders SPARK continued action.

By |February 21st, 2017|Develop skills to live, work and thrive in an ever changing world, Partner News, Uncategorized|

In December we reported on the efforts in Grand Rapids High School 9th grade class rooms to take learning from the Youth Voices survey data and move forward project they care about.  You can read more about that event here.   From District #318: Students analyzed data about our community gathered in the 2014 Itasca Area Youth Survey. They chose a [...]