Meet one of Northfield’s four Promise Fellows – Mundo Garza

November 10, 2010

Meet Mundo Garza, Promise Fellow with the Northfield High 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.

This fal, we’re profiling the four Promise Fellows.  Today we feature the final Fellow — Mundo Garza, who is in his first year as a Promise Fellow with the Northfield High School.

Meet Promise Fellow Mundo Garza!

Host Site: Northfield High School
Hometown: Laredo, Texas
School/Major: Carleton College – Religion
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, it would be… Chicken curry!
What you’re reading right now: The Next 100 Years by George Friedman
Favorite place you’ve traveled: Barcelona, Spain
Unexpected fact about you: I used to be able to fit the front half of my foot in my mouth–I haven’t tried this in a long time!

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

In my work as a Promise Fellow, I focus on maintaining academic support programs, both in-school and after-school. I work closely with the Northfield TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes) program, a collaborative that provides low-income and minority students (as well as youth who would be first-generation college attendees) with more resources and support for their secondary/post-secondary endeavors.  I also sit on the Northfield High School’s Student Support Team, which identifies at-risk students and develops action plans to address various academic and personal issues.

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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