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A Backbone for Stronger Futures for All

Spark leverages data, community aspiration and collaborative action to help all learn and thrive.


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Featured Stories

How can we help all Itasca area youth succeed?

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 [...]

  • 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.

Itasca youth leaders spark innovation, receive award

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 [...]

Out-of-School Programs Prepare for Quality Improvement Planning

On January 22, many of the Itasca Area afterschool programs will participate in a quality improvement planning day. The process is called M3 -- Making Meaning from Multiple Data sets. [...]