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:

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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“As a school district, we are very pleased with the impact of the PRIMEtime program on our students. The out-of-school-time programming has provided valuable experiences and we are seeing some very positive outcomes for the students who are participating.”
– Chris Richardson, Northfield Public Schools Superintendent