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31 03, 2015

Student Success teams up with Rotary Interact: Building on youth passion to make a difference

By |March 31st, 2015|Youth Voice|

The Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success supports broad based community action in support of the Pathway to Student Success.  This desire brought Anna and Becky to the Rotary Interact meeting this week.  Their desire was to discover how the initiative can support young people who want to make a difference in their community.  Becky's reflections on their first meeting are [...]

10 03, 2015

Youth Voices make meaning from the Youth Voices Survey

By |March 10th, 2015|Spark, Youth Voice|

Groups around the Itasca area are working with Youth Voice data in a number of different ways. In Deer River, a group of adults and young people recently planned and then facilitated a conversation with other teens in Deer River.  They hoped to dig deeper into their survey results and to plan for action that addresses what they learned from [...]

3 03, 2015

Listening to Youth from Northern Lights Community School

By |March 3rd, 2015|Youth Voice|

The Student Voice Survey was intended to be the start of a conversation between youth and adults in our community.  One of these conversations took place recently at the Grand Rapids Library.  Becky LaPlant was privileged to observe this conversation and reports on what she saw in this post.  Members of the initiative are ready to assist you as you think about [...]

10 02, 2015

Listening to Youth — for a hopeful future

By |February 10th, 2015|Spark, Youth Voice|

Today’s post comes from Judy Lundquist. Judy works as youth Job Counselor with the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training and is a member of the Governance Council for the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success.  Judy shares what she’s learning from the Youth Voice Survey.      Watching the Super Bowl Game last weekend, I laughed at the commercial [...]

19 01, 2015

Reflections on MLK day — Are we including everyone’s voice?

By |January 19th, 2015|Feel accepted, Youth Voice|

Anna Carlson is an Americorp Promise Fellow working with the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success.   She lives in Jacobson.   Americorps Fellow Anna Carlson is working with youth fro the Itasca area to assess the results from the Youth Voice Student Survey. With school out on Martin Luther King Day, many families have time for a [...]

12 01, 2015

Going North

By |January 12th, 2015|High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Partner News, Spark, Supported inside and outside of school, Youth Voice|

Today's post come from Deb DeMuth.  Deb is the Executive Director of Bridges Kinship Mentoring. Bridges' mission is to help children and adolescents achieve their greatest selves by connecting them with positive role models who can befriend, inspire, encourage and guide them.  January is National Mentoring Month, if you want to learn more about mentoring, contact Deb at 218-326-4700. [...]

1 01, 2015

Listening to Youth in 2015

By |January 1st, 2015|Spark, Youth Voice|

Anna Carlson is an Americorp Promise Fellow working with the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success.  Americorps Fellow Anna Carlson is working with youth from the Itasca area to assess the results from the Youth Voice Student Survey.            As the holidays come to a close and a new year begins, many of you [...]

9 12, 2014

Young voices will chart Northern Minnesota’s future

By |December 9th, 2014|Youth Voice|

Aaron Brown is an Iron Range blogger, author, radio producer and columnist for the Hibbing Daily Tribune. It's with appreciation we share a link to his recent post about the work we're doing here in the Itasca area, and the importance of listening to our young people. Here's a teaser: ..."it would do this region well to listen to its [...]

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 [...]