Northfield’s Kids Need Your Help.

A network of after-school and summer programs in Northfield that serve 1000+ kids, including many lower-income and at-risk youth, is seeing their grant funding sources decline as a result of the economic downturn.

These programs and organizations – like the Middle School Youth Center, Northfield’s Promise Fellows, the Northfield Union of Youth, the elementary school PLUS program and the Summer PLUS program – provide safe places, homework help and constructive activities that are proven to strengthen skills and help kids succeed.

Participants in high-quality after-school programs have better school attendance, better grades, better test scores, more positive attitudes towards school, and higher aspirations. They also are better prepared to enter the workforce and less likely to use alcohol or drugs or to be involved in violence or crime.

It’s our community. They’re our kids. Let’s make sure that when 4 p.m. rolls around, they have somewhere to go and something to do.

Here’s the latest:

12.19.14 – As a result of the work of its PRIMEtime network, Northfield was invited by the National League of Cities to participate in its Citywide Afterschool System Building Leadership Academy last week. more »

12.19.14 – Northfield's PRIMEtime collaborative has been featured in the National League of Cities' "Municipal Leadership for Children and Families in Small and Mid-Sized Cities." more »

11.29.12 – Northfield's PRIMEtime Collaborative is being recognized by the National League of Cities (NLC) as a model program demonstrating innovative and collaborative approaches within government. PRIMEtime is one of 27 municipal programs selected for the 2012 City Showcase—NLC’s premiere program celebrating city achievements. more »

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“The Middle School Youth Center offers opportunities to kids who may otherwise fall through the cracks. MSYC not only catches these kids, but throws them farther up so they can be more productive and successful.”
– MSYC volunteer