11 10, 2018

How can we help all Itasca area youth succeed?

By |October 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

SPARK – from 2014 survey results to action Imagine if youth in the Itasca Area felt valued and supported by all – family, school and community to reach their full potential. In fact, a group of community members has been working to make that vision a reality.  The work began with a series of community conversations hosted by the Itasca [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

14 10, 2016

Engagement coordinator search begins!

By |October 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|

  Know someone with a passion for youth and a passion for rural community development? This may be their opportunity to become the first-ever SPARK community engagement coordinator. Partnering with the University of Minnesota Extension, SPARK is excited to be hiring a Community Engagement Coordinator to advance the goals of the Pathway to Student Success in the Greater Itasca Area. [...]

3 06, 2014

Nashwauk City Council reacts to Student Success data

By |June 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|

The Nashwauk City Council reviewed Youth Voices survey results of data collected from youth in grades 7 to 12 at the Nashwauk High School.  After reviewing the survey results, the Nashwauk City Council agreed to offer space to organize youth activities. You can read more from the Hibbing newspaper here.

8 09, 2010

Bettering Communities through Education

By |September 8th, 2010|Uncategorized|

SPARK has it's roots in a series of three community convenings dedicated to answer the question:  What will it take for all students to be successful?   The Grand Rapids Herald Review wrote about the early convening that gave rise to the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success and later SPARK in this story first published in 2010.   For years, the [...]