SPARK partners promote meaningful relationships for a stronger future

  SPARK's partners know that young people are more likely to succeed when they have meaningful relationships with adults who support them. Promise Fellow, Kayla Schubert does that by building relationships with young people at Greenway High School. Kayla Schubert serves as a Promise Fellow in the Greenway School District “My goal for the year is to create [...]

Engagement coordinator search begins!

  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. [...]

By |October 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Keeping the Lights on Afterschool

  This week's blog post was written by Melanie DeBay.  Melanie is the Director of Itasca Area Community Education.  In her work she advocates for access to high quality out of school time opportunities for all kids in the greater Itasca Area.     Have you ever wondered what amazing opportunities there are for kids afterschool in Itasca County?  Programs [...]

Strengthening the positive and Sparking change

Kim Geislinger, LADC, is a member of the SPARK Council.   Editor's Note:  This post was provided by Kim Geislinger, LADC, VP of Ross Resources.  Kim is the Itasca County Truancy Prevention Program Director and the Coordinator of the Itasca County Family Services Collaborative.  Kim was an active member of the Student Success Core Team and now serves on [...]

SPARK for a strong Itasca future

Mindy Nuhring is the Executive Director of River Grand Assisted Living and she Chairs the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Committee As youth in the community (somewhat!) eagerly anticipate the start of a new school year, the SPARK council and I are eager to start the next chapter of work that supports youth in all [...]

By |August 30th, 2016|Spark|

Spirit of the Positive transforms Deer River

For the past five years, Deer River Schools and community members have been actively engaged in the Positive Community Norm framework as part of the grant for Alcohol prevention. The Montana Institute just released this really cool video highlighting their work.  Check it out!

Nine graders put civics lessons into action

About 20 Ninth graders from Grand Rapids High School, Deer River High School and Northern Lights Community School attended Youth Day at the Capitol on March 29.  The morning session included presentations from Secretary of State Steve Simon and Representative Mariani. As part of the social studies curriculum, these young people spent a few weeks understanding their community through the [...]

A walk in Another’s Shoes

Editor's note:  This post is written by Parker Korpi, a Greenway High School Senior.  Parker founded the group, Rise for the Change, last year when he was a junior after witnessing bullying in his school.  Rise for the Change has between 10 to 15 members and meets once a week on Thursdays at Greenway High School.  It’s a place where group [...]

By |October 4th, 2015|Feel accepted, Supported inside and outside of school|

Itasca County to celebrate Lights on Afterschool — October 22

Itasca Networks for Youth Joins Lights On Afterschool Itasca County Board of Commissioners proclaimed Thursday, October 22, 2015 as Lights On Afterschool for Itasca County.  Lights on Afterschool is a national celebration of afterschool programs promoting the importance of quality afterschool programs for our children, families, and communities. Join Itasca Networks for youth, Itasca Area Community Education, and other afterschool programs across the [...]