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4 12, 2014

A front seat to the power of community connections

By |December 4th, 2014|Spark, Youth Voice|

By Kim Geislinger, Core Team Member of Itasca Initiative for Student Success The power of a relationship is the simplest, most basic, but totally necessary element needed for youth success. I’ve learned this over my years working with kids from all walks of life, but never was it more apparent than at the recent Youth Voice Community Conversation, hosted by [...]

2 12, 2014

A voice at the table

By |December 2nd, 2014|Spark|

Last week we featured a straight up, just the facts post about the Youth Voice Community Conversation, Itasca area responds to youth voices on strengths, gaps in support. Today we’re featuring a story by Grand Rapids Herald Review reporter Nathan Bergstedt, that focuses on what made this event unique and significant. He begins… One wouldn't necessarily expect to hear the [...]

26 11, 2014

Itasca area responds to youth voices on strengths, gaps in support

By |November 26th, 2014|Spark, Youth Voice|

More than 200 area residents gathered to learn how youth believe Itasca area communities are doing in supporting them, and how to use these insights to build and strengthen that support. The Youth Voice Community Conversation was hosted by the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success (IAISS), a broad group of local organizations and individuals working to create a 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, [...]

20 10, 2014

IAISS presentation at the Strive National Convening

By |October 20th, 2014|Events, Spark|

IAISS hosted a breakout session at the Strive Network national convening this week.  IAISS members, Judy Lundquist, Nick Pretasky, Isaac Meyer, Jaci David, and Terri Sullivan presented:  An emerging model for broad based community engagement -- lessons from Rural Minnesota. Session leaders led attendees through a discussion of our learning from the data pilot last spring to our current approach to [...]

12 08, 2014

Nurturing the next generation from cradle-to-career

By |August 12th, 2014|Develop skills to live, work and thrive in an ever changing world, Early Career, Spark|

Bernadine Joselyn, Core Team member and Director of Public Policy and Engagement at the Blandin Foundation, penned this post for Outposts about some of the things that caught her attention and imagination at last week's Educating for the 21st Forum. Yesterday I had the chance to attend Day One of the “Educating for the 21st Century” forum held at the Carlson School [...]

14 06, 2014

Nashwauk council shows student support

By |June 14th, 2014|Spark, Supported inside and outside of school, Youth Voice|

Youth in grades 7-12 who attend school in Bigfork, Hill City, Warba and Nashwauk- Keewatin recently participated in a pilot survey that will be taken by all 7-12 grade students in the seven-district area this fall. The goal of the "Student Voice" survey is to bring to light the perceptions of young people about how they experience their community. This story [...]

20 02, 2014

‘It’s not discretionary stuff; it’s vital stuff’

By |February 20th, 2014|Spark|

We had a great turnout for Breakfast with Jamie Vollmer. The key takeaway - If you're concerned about your community, it's economy and it being a safe place to live, you need to be concerned about schools. It's just that simple. By Nathan Bergstedt Herald-Review | Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 8:27 am The community conversation on education that the Itasca [...]

25 11, 2013

StriveTogether and Cradle to Career Civic Infrastructure

By |November 25th, 2013|Spark|

The Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success is a member of StriveTogether. Building upon lessons learned across over 90 Network members, StriveTogether developed a framework for building what is called the Cradle to Career Civic Infrastructure. The Cradle to Career Civic Infrastructure is not a program, but a way in which a community comes together around a Cradle to Career [...]