Meet one of Northfield’s four Promise Fellows — Rachel Woldum

October 12, 2010

Meet Rachel Woldum, Promise Fellow with the Key and the ALC!

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.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll profile the four Promise Fellows.  We start today with Rachel Woldum, who is in her second year as a Promise Fellow with the Northfield Union of Youth/The Key.

Meet Promise Fellow Rachel Woldum!
Host Site: Northfield Union of Youth (The Key) & the ALC
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
School/Major: St. Olaf College – English, Film Theory, and Women’s Studies
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, it would be… Red Baron Four Cheese PIZZA!
What you’re reading right now: The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
Favorite place you’ve traveled: Munich, Germany
Unexpected fact about you: I used to be a huge Star Wars nerd and still have lots of Star Wars memorabilia – a Darth Vader doll and mask, model X-wing, a lightsaber, C-3PO cookie jar…you name it!

Tell us a little about what you do as a Promise Fellow:

  • Staff at the Key
  • Provide support to students at the ALC (this is a new piece this year!)
  • Help support existing programs at the Key and start new ones
  • Run the Main Street Mentors program
  • Assist with the occasional grant
  • Plan service learning and volunteer projects

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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