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:

7.20.15City of Nfld logoThe City of Northfield and Northfield’s PRIMEtime out-of-school-time network were featured in a recent newsletter published by the National League of Cities.  The article highlights the efforts of the PRIMEtime collaborative to provide free summer programming to over 500 Northfield youth this summer.  Northfield is recognized as a national leader among small cities in creating citywide out-of-school-time systems. 4PM logo-orangeThe article notes the City of Northfield’s support for PRIMEtime, including partnerships with the Northfield Public Library, Northfield Police Department, and Northfield City Pool.  The piece also recognizes valuable financial grants provided to PRIMEtime by the Northfield Area United Way, Women In Northfield Giving Support, and Youthprise. Participating PRIMEtime summer programs include:

  • Summer PLUS – serving youth in grades K-5, four days per week for 7 weeks at Greenvale Park Elementary School
  • Summer BLAST – serving youth in grades 6-8, four days per week for 7 weeks, and splitting time between Northfield Middle School & Carleton College
  • The Key – a youth-run youth center in downtown Northfield, open daily to all youth ages 12-20
Partners in the PRIMEtime collaborative include the Northfield Public Schools,Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes, Carleton College, St. Olaf College, and Minnesota Alliance With Youth Promise Fellows program. To access the full National League of Cities article, CLICK HERE.

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 »

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“In class, people make fun of you because you don't understand some things. At the Middle School Youth Center, nobody makes fun. I think this is why I come.”
– 7th grade student