Meet one of Northfield’s four Promise Fellows – Clare Dudzinski

October 29, 2010

Meet Clare Dudzinski, Promise Fellow with the Northfield Middle School!

Northfield is very fortunate to have four fantastic AmeriCorps Promise Fellows this year.   These individuals serve full-time, supporting youth in our community through a partnership with the Minnesota Alliance With Youth.   The Fellows work at the Northfield Middle School, Northfield High School, Area Learning Center, The Key, and the Healthy Community Initiative.  Northfield was selected to host four Fellows through a competitive grant process from the Minnesota Alliance With Youth.

During the month of October, we’re profiling the four Promise Fellows.  Today we are featuring Clare Dudzinski, who is in her first year as a Promise Fellow with the Northfield Middle School.

Meet Promise Fellow Clare Dudzinski!

Host Site: Northfield Middle School
Hometown: Wilmette, Illinois
School/Major: St. Olaf College – Social Work, Biomedical Studies
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, it would be… Despite Jordan’s probably valid argument that I’ll be the only Promise Fellow who won’t survive, I’m sticking with bell peppers.
What you’re reading right now: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, What Is The What by Dave Eggers, Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh
Favorite place you’ve traveled: The Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia
Unexpected fact about you: I was a captain of my high school’s varsity badminton team.  We were fierce competitors.

Tell us a little bit about what you do as a Promise Fellow:
I meet with students one-on-one and in groups throughout the school day to offer academic and personal support through homework help and tutoring, group discussions of relevant social issues, individual goal setting, and civic engagement opportunities.  I also help to facilitate the Middle School Youth Center (an after school academic and enrichment program for 6th through 8th graders) and Homework Zone (an evening homework help group).

Here’s the latest:

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 »

1.14.11 – The PRIMEtime after school collaborative was featured at this week's meeting of the Northfield School Board. more »

11.10.10 – Meet Mundo Garza, Promise Fellow with the Northfield High School! more »

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“Youth involvement in running a successful organization like the Key instills a civic value of engagement, at a critical stage, that will pay back to our community many times over.”
– Alex Beeby, Northfield Union of Youth Adult Board