2 01, 2019

SPARK’s sneak peak at the 2018 Youth Voices survey results

By |January 2nd, 2019|Spark, Uncategorized, Youth Voice|

On December 6th, SPARK hosted members of local community groups for a presentation of the preliminary results of the 2018 Youth Voices survey.   The survey tool was adapted from the 2014 tool based on extensive feedback from youth and community members.  This fall, more than 3,000 6th – 12th grade students from 11 Itasca-area public schools completed the survey.  The [...]

26 11, 2018

Civics students are change-makers

By |November 26th, 2018|Demonstrate competency or mastery at current learning level, Meaningful Connections to the Community, Uncategorized, Youth Voice|

As we start to gear up for the release of the 2018 Youth Voice survey data (reports for this survey will be available in December – stay tuned!), we wanted to take a closer look at how the data from the 2014 survey has been analyzed and used by students. A key priority identified in the 2014 survey was the [...]

10 05, 2018

Itasca youth leaders spark innovation, receive award

By |May 10th, 2018|After High School, Meaningful Connections to the Community, Pathway, Spark, The School Years, Youth Voice|

Courtney Johnson (left), Becci Rasmussen (center) and Jennifer Alger were three of six U of M Extension youth staff from across the state who received the Associate Dean’s Award for Courage and Innovation. They are leading the way in changing youth programs in Warba, Grand Rapids, Deer River and Nashwauk. Three Itasca area youth development staff are delivering [...]

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 [...]

20 12, 2016

Grand Rapids High School 9th Graders SPARK Action

By |December 20th, 2016|Pathway, Spark, The School Years, Youth Voice|

What is possible if we unleash the creativity of our 9th graders to solve the issues that concern them?  Last week, the Grand Rapids High School Civics students began diving into that question. With the support of their social studies teachers, the Grand Rapids High School’s 9th graders are rolling up their sleeves and digging into the results of the [...]

9 09, 2015

4-Hers tackle tough topic, touch community

By |September 9th, 2015|Youth Voice|

Depression and suicide can be delicate subjects, sometimes discussed in the shadows at the edges of people’s lives. A group of 4-H youth recently had the confidence to bring the topic into the open. With intentional support from skilled and passionate adults, they crafted an event with impacts rippling across northern Minnesota communities. The recent spike in suicides and attempts, [...]

16 06, 2015

Serving their community — Grand Rapids High School Interact club find ways to work together in community

By |June 16th, 2015|Youth Voice|

Jayden Gerak & Katherine Roy from the Grand Rapids Rotary Interact Club summarized their experience working with the Youth Voice Survey results in this blog post.  The club members focused on two elements of the pathway when reviewing survey data:  "Every student will have access to meaningful connections to the community" and "Every student will feel accepted".  Rotary Interact members brainstorm [...]

2 06, 2015

Using Youth Voices in Social Studies Classrooms

By |June 2nd, 2015|The School Years, Youth Voice|

A group of Itasca Area Social studies teachers gathered today in a retreat to discover ways to use the Youth Voices survey in social studies curriculum. They started their morning in a workshop lead by the Search Institute and spent much of the day developing curriculum so their students can work with the survey results in their classroom.       [...]

13 04, 2015

Are we strong enough to follow our youth in new directions?

By |April 13th, 2015|Spark, Youth Voice|

Editors Note:  This is Anna's final post as an AmeriCorp member with our initiative.  She is taking new position in our community and we wish her well.     Americorps Fellow Anna Carlson is working with youth fro the Itasca area to assess the results from the Youth Voice Student Survey. For those that know me, they know weightlifting is [...]