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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. [...]

7 02, 2017

Building strong futures with hugs, handshakes and high-fives

By |February 7th, 2017|Feel accepted, Relationships that support mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being|

While students at Greenway High School have experienced tragedy and loss, they’ve responded with hope and hugs. Teachers and students alike find strength within each other and find support in various ways to cope and recover from loss. The H3 Initiative is one part of these support systems. Leading with the Heart Heart works to develop student’s positive association with [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

25 03, 2014

Making a Differnece

By |March 25th, 2014|Relationships that support mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being, Supported inside and outside of school|

The Movement IS making a difference for teens in Deer River. How could they not with the support of the school, Heather Schjenken, Gerald White and Chad Evans! By KBJR News 1 Updated Mar 20, 2014 at 10:26 PM CDTDeer River, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- In Deer River just west of Grand Rapids, there's a coalition of young and old people [...]

10 12, 2013

Nine Ways to Build Assets During the Holiday Season

By |December 10th, 2013|Partner News, Relationships that support mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being|

The Search Institute links research to practice with a focus on the whole child - and the understanding that it is through developmental relationships that young people acquire developmental assets. These assets are reinforced in community where young people's success is everyone's top priority. In 2013 the Student Success Core Team partnered with the Search Institute to identify indicators to [...]

19 11, 2013

A quiet deer opener beneath the pines near Grand Rapids

By |November 19th, 2013|High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Relationships that support mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being|

This story written by Sam Cook  appeared in the 11/10/13 issue of the Duluth News Tribune and features local friends, Randy McCarty and John Latimer. It's a bit long for a blog post but we offer it here as a beautiful testament to the power of connection and relationship - and how it's connection and relationship that create the conditions that [...]

1 05, 2013

Guest commentary

By |May 1st, 2013|Relationships that support mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being, Stable relationship with an involved parent or caregiver, Supported inside and outside of school|

Matt Grose, Chair of the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative, Superintendent of Deer River schools and long-time Student Success Core Team member penned this commentary. "Eighty percent of life is showing up." - Woody Allen Matt Grose As educators, we believe that school success starts with just that - showing up. Numerous research studies back up that belief, noting [...]

10 01, 2013

Mentoring works!

By |January 10th, 2013|High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Relationships that support mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being|

Thanks to Lori Kangas-Olson of Bridges Kinship Mentoring for today's post... Bridges Kinship Mentoring serves youth and children in Itasca County with 4 quality programs. The commitment is small but the rewards are large. Community Based, School Based, Kinship Connections and Lunch Buddies are unique ways to volunteer your time by spending it with a child. Mentoring works! [...]