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1 11, 2018

SPARK in action through Itasca Network’s for Youth

By |November 1st, 2018|High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Professional Development, Supported inside and outside of school, The School Years, Uncategorized|

Itasca Networks for Youth committed to continuous improvement of afterschool programs Across the nation, nearly one-fifth of children in the United States attend public schools in rural communities.  Youth-serving organizations that provide out-of-school time programming for these kids face many barriers. The vast geography of the county, the economic struggles, cultural differences and the varying school district sizes all create [...]

12 11, 2017

Deer River Afterschool Champions collect awards from Ignite Afterschool

By |November 12th, 2017|High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Supported inside and outside of school|

As Itasca County joined the national celebration of Lights on Afterschool last month, we were thrilled to have two of our local afterschool champions recognized by Ignite Afterschool, Minnesota’s statewide afterschool network. Kayleen MonacelliAfterschool ChampionYouthWorker/Practitioner Category Kayleen Monacelli from Deer River Community Education and the Deer River Boys and Girls Club was awarded Afterschool Champion in the Youth [...]

12 10, 2017

Where in the World is Afterschool?

By |October 12th, 2017|High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Supported inside and outside of school|

Itasca Networks for Youth (INY) builds high quality afterschool programs for all kids in the greater Itasca Area. In 2016, INY adopted the quality principles described in “Believe it. Build it.  Minnesota’s Guide to Effective Afterschool Practices.”  You can learn more about the guide here.  By adopting these principles, INY is dedicated to recognizing the wide variety of ways and [...]

27 09, 2016

Keeping the Lights on Afterschool

By |September 27th, 2016|Arts physical activity and healthy living, High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Partner News, Supported inside and outside of school|

  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 [...]

4 10, 2015
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A walk in Another’s Shoes

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

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 [...]

26 01, 2015
  • Chad Evans, Deer River Boys & Girls Club Unit Director and Deer River volunteer firefighter demonstrates fire safety   at the club.

Out of School Time = Seriously Fun!

By |January 26th, 2015|Supported inside and outside of school|

Today’s post comes from Chad Evans, unit director and out of school time program coordinator for Boys and Girls Club of Leech Lake in Deer River. Chad shares his take on OST broadly, and some insights he’s gleaned from the Youth Voice survey data. Chad was one of several hosts at the Youth Voice Community Conversation, and shared openly his [...]

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. [...]

23 09, 2014

New tools, resolve to deal with bullying problem

By |September 23rd, 2014|Feel accepted, Supported inside and outside of school|

The Pathway goals "Every student will feel accepted" and "Every student will be supported inside and outside of school" are core to this piece that appeared in the September 18 issue of the Scenic Range NewsForum. ... By Scott Stein     When the Minnesota legislature approved the Safe and Supportive Schools Act last April, many suggested that Minnesota went from [...]

16 09, 2014

Bridges Kinship Mentoring is looking for Lunch Buddies

By |September 16th, 2014|Partner News, Relationships that support mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being, Supported inside and outside of school|

The  mission of Bridges Kinship Mentoring is simple, "to help children and adolescent to achieve their greatest selves by connecting them with positive role models who can befriend, inspire, encourage and guide them." Lunch Buddies is one of their programs, and an easy way to get involved!   Volunteer Mary Jones talks about the program, "Our daughter, and only child, [...]