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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 [...]

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. [...]

1 01, 2017

Itasca Networks for Youth advances quality

By |January 1st, 2017|High quality out-of-school programs and activities|

Staff representing several area youth programs participated on Friday in an all day workshop called "Making Meaning from Multiple Data Sets". The participants came to the workshop with data in four areas:  Program quality, program participation, youth experience and youth outcomes. Through a process led by Jan Derdowski, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, the teams analyzed their data and discovered [...]

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 [...]

27 09, 2015
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Itasca County to celebrate Lights on Afterschool — October 22

By |September 27th, 2015|High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Partner News|

Itasca Networks for Youth Joins Lights On Afterschool Itasca County Board of Commissioners proclaimed Thursday, October 22, 2015 as Lights On Afterschool for Itasca County.  Lights on Afterschool is a national celebration of afterschool programs promoting the importance of quality afterschool programs for our children, families, and communities. Join Itasca Networks for youth, Itasca Area Community Education, and other afterschool programs across the [...]

8 06, 2015
  • Isaac Meyer is the Community Engagement Manager for KOOTASCA Community Action.  He is currently working with Grand Rapids Area Leaders to start a Boys and Girls Club in the area.

Youth Sports Gets the Ball Rolling

By |June 8th, 2015|Arts physical activity and healthy living, High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Spark, The School Years|

Isaac Meyer is the Community Engagement Manager for KOOTASCA Community Action. He is currently working with Grand Rapids Area Leaders to start a Boys and Girls Club in the area. Itasca area student success work marked a milestone in May: for the first time ever, coaches and organizers of youth sports met to discuss their work. Over the [...]