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 [...]

23 09, 2014

Kick-starting conversations about youth in community

By |September 23rd, 2014|Youth Voice|

The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. -- Rachel Naomi Remen For those of us who work for, with, and about youth, it can be easy to believe we know what youth think, about their school, their friends, their [...]

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 [...]

25 03, 2014

Following the Pathway to Student Success

By |March 25th, 2014|Youth Voice|

We are grateful to Core Team member Jeff Britten, N-K Student Leadership, and all the N-K students who participated the pilot of the Youth Voice survey. For those of you who do not get the Hibbing Daily Tribune, we call your attention to this piece that talks about their experience. by Tony Potter Staff Writer tpotter@hibbingdailytribune.net NASHWAUK — Nashwauk-Keewatin (N-K) High [...]

5 03, 2013

True friends

By |March 5th, 2013|Feel accepted, Youth Voice|

It's with a touch of sadness that I post Izzie's last story for the Student Success blog. I don't know that she realizes how much she's taught me over these last few months and how much I've come to admire her. All of us at the Student Success Initiative and the Blandin Foundation wish you well, Izzie! Elizabeth “Izzie” [...]

6 02, 2013

February 2013 and one month closer to graduation

By |February 6th, 2013|After High School, Youth Voice|

Elizabeth “Izzie” Olson is a student, poet, singer, writer, future nurse practitioner and a monthly contributor to the Student Success blog. In her latest post, Izzie Olson reminds us that while it might be difficult, it's never too late to make the changes that lead to success. As a senior, I have experienced the stress of knowing that [...]

2 01, 2013

Student success through song

By |January 2nd, 2013|Youth Voice|

Elizabeth “Izzie” Olson is a student, poet, singer, writer, future nurse practitioner and a monthly contributor to the Student Success blog. Izzie Olson's December column reminds us the role teacher play in supporting student success - and how student success has a positive effect as it ripples through our communities. Enjoy and Happy New Year! During the holiday [...]

4 12, 2012

Kids these days can face challenges with courage

By |December 4th, 2012|Feel accepted, Youth Voice|

Elizabeth Olson delivering her talk, "Kids these days can face challenges with courage" on the TEDxYouth@1000Lakes stage. Elizabeth "Izzie" Olson reflects on her recent experience as a speaker for TEDxYouth@1000Lakes in her monthly column for the Student Success Blog. This month I had the opportunity to participate in TEDxYouth@1000Lakes at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids. This is [...]

27 11, 2012

TEDxYouth@1000Lakes “Kids These Days” videos and images are up!

By |November 27th, 2012|Feel accepted, Youth Voice|

Chances are good that if you are over 18 and don't attend an Itasca area high school you were not in the audience at last week's TEDxYouth@1000Lakes Kids These Days. This was the first TEDxYouth event in our area, and was organized by youth for youth. I am unabashedly biased in saying that it was an outstanding example of student [...]