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 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. [...]

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 [...]

13 02, 2017

Funders unite to SPARK change

By |February 13th, 2017|Partner News, Spark|

We all know that old adage: it takes a village… Well, our “village” (of the entire Itasca area) is putting its money where its mouth is to ensure all Itasca Area’s young people have what they need to reach their goals. Nearly a half-dozen organizations have pitched in to make it possible for SPARK to reach its first major milestone [...]

9 01, 2017

Greenway Youth to Represent Region on Minnesota Youth Council

By |January 9th, 2017|Partner News, Youth Voice|

Baylie Norris and Hannah Erickson will represent Congressional District 8 on the Minnesota Youth Council. They are pictured with Promise Fellow, Kayla Schubert Greenway Raiders are known for showing PRIDE and having a passion for their school across the community. Two of GHS’s eighth graders are taking that PRIDE to another level; by making their voices heard across [...]

31 10, 2016

SPARK partners promote meaningful relationships for a stronger future

By |October 31st, 2016|Guidance and direction from parents, caring adults..., Partner News|

  SPARK's partners know that young people are more likely to succeed when they have meaningful relationships with adults who support them. Promise Fellow, Kayla Schubert does that by building relationships with young people at Greenway High School. Kayla Schubert serves as a Promise Fellow in the Greenway School District “My goal for the year is to create [...]

27 09, 2016

Keeping the Lights on Afterschool

By |September 27th, 2016|Arts physical activity and healthy living, High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Partner News, Supported inside and outside of school|

  This week's blog post was written by Melanie DeBay.  Melanie is the Director of Itasca Area Community Education.  In her work she advocates for access to high quality out of school time opportunities for all kids in the greater Itasca Area.     Have you ever wondered what amazing opportunities there are for kids afterschool in Itasca County?  Programs [...]

15 09, 2016

Strengthening the positive and Sparking change

By |September 15th, 2016|Meaningful Connections to the Community, Partner News, Relationships that support mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being, The School Years|

Kim Geislinger, LADC, is a member of the SPARK Council.   Editor's Note:  This post was provided by Kim Geislinger, LADC, VP of Ross Resources.  Kim is the Itasca County Truancy Prevention Program Director and the Coordinator of the Itasca County Family Services Collaborative.  Kim was an active member of the Student Success Core Team and now serves on [...]

29 08, 2016

Spirit of the Positive transforms Deer River

By |August 29th, 2016|Guidance and direction from parents, caring adults..., Partner News|

For the past five years, Deer River Schools and community members have been actively engaged in the Positive Community Norm framework as part of the grant for Alcohol prevention. The Montana Institute just released this really cool video highlighting their work.  Check it out!