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City of Northfield & PRIMEtime highlighted by National League of Cities

July 20, 2015

City 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.

PRIMEtime goes to Washington

December 19, 2014

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.  Nick Haggenmiller, the Northfield City Administrator, and Zach Pruitt, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative Director, attended the two-day gathering.  The academy was a think-tank of cities that the League has identified as national leaders in developing citywide afterschool systems for youth.

Northfield was one of only 17 cities nationwide invited to be part of this group.  Others included: Atlanta, GA; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Washington, DC; Juneau, AK; Madison, WI; Pittsburgh, PA; Dallas, TX; Oakland, CA; San Francisco, CA; Brooklyn Park/Brooklyn Center, MN; Hammond, LA; Columbus, OH; Rochester, NY; Ashville, NC; and Omaha; NE.

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PRIMEtime featured in national report

December 19, 2014

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.

The report highlights initiatives that benefit youth and families in 40 communities across the country with populations below 75,000.   PRIMEtime was highlighted for its efforts to build intentional collaboration between school and community partners and for increasing access of youth to after school and summer programs.

To access the report, click HERE.

 

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Northfield’s PRIMEtime chosen to showcase achievements at National League of Cities Conference

November 29, 2012

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.

PRIMEtime is a network of local after school and summer programs that provide free, enriching out-of-school-time opportunities to over 1,000 Northfield youth each year.  PRIMEtime has been recognized for building strong, intentional collaboration between schools, nonprofits, government, and other youth-serving partners and for seeing demonstrated results.  More than 90% of youth participating regularly in PRIMEtime programs saw improved academic school performance last year.

PRIMEtime will be highlighted during this year’s Congress of Cities and Exposition, held in Boston, MA, November 28-December 1. During the conference, representatives from Northfield will engage in networking and knowledge-sharing with colleagues from around the country.

“The City Showcase is truly a celebration of innovation and collaboration in our nation’s cities and towns,” said Ted Ellis, NLC President and mayor of Bluffton, IN. “These programs represent municipal government at its best, demonstrating the success that can occur when creative minds partner to solve a problem or fill a need within a community. NLC is proud to recognize the 21 cities and towns selected for this year’s showcase.”

Together the programs selected encompass a wide range of geographical locations, city sizes and topic areas.  Selected cities and projects include:

  • Ann Arbor, MI: Ann Arbor Sustainability Framework
  • Arlington, MA: Hoarding Response Team
  • Cathedral City, CA: Cathedral City Energy Action Plan
  • Danvers, MA: Project Sunshine
  • Delray Beach, FL: Community Solutions Action Plan
  • Flagstaff, AZ: City of Flagstaff Resiliency and Preparedness Initiative
  • Glastonbury, CT: Purple Heart Homes
  • Hillsboro, OR: Hillsboro Electric Vehicle Program
  • Kansas City, MO: Enterprise Sustainability Platform
  • Kansas City, MO: Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project
  • Lexington, SC: Town of Lexington Vision Plan
  • Lowell, MA: Neighborhood Impact Initiative
  • Moore, OK: Recycle Moore
  • Nashville, TN: Limitless Libraries
  • Newark, NJ: Let’s Move! Newark
  • New Brighton, MN: Read to Play
  • Northfield, MN: PRIMEtime Out-of-School-Time Collaborative
  • Perris, CA: Enchanted Heights Sewer System
  • Savannah, GA: Step Up Savannah
  • Sudbury, MA: Regional Housing Services Office (also Towns of Acton, Bedford, Concord, Lexington, Weston)
  • Urbandale, IA: Making a Connection

 

For more information on this year’s City Showcase, visit: http://www.nlc.org/build-skills-and-networks/resources/city-showcase

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

PRIMEtime collaborative featured at Northfield School Board meeting

January 14, 2011

The PRIMEtime after school collaborative was featured at this week’s meeting of the Northfield School Board. Roger Jenni (the Northfield Public Schools’ Coordinator of Testing and Assessment) presented results from the 2009-10 school year.  Among the highlights:

  • 934 youth (unduplicated) attended PRIMEtime programs last year.
  • Among youth attending PRIMEtime 20+ times last year, 95.5% improved their standardized test scores from fall 2009 to fall 2010.
  • The average number of school absences for the youth attending PRIMEtime decreased from 21.2 periods to 12.8 periods (a 39.6% reduction!) compared to the same students’ attendance records in 2008-09.
  • Over 85% of PRIMEtime youth reported that being in the program “helps me do better at school.”
  • Nearly 90% of PRIMEtime youth reported, “I want to go to college or technical college after high school.”

The PRIMEtime out-of-school-time collaborative recently completed its third year.  PRIMEtime aims to build a continuum of free after school and summer programming in the community.  PRIMEtime sites include: the elementary school PLUS programs; the Middle School Youth Center; the Summer PLUS program; the high school and evening homework help programs; and the Northfield Union of Youth/The Key.

Click HERE for a summary handout on the PRIMEtime program and its 2009-10 results.

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.

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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.

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).

Connected Kids is a proud partner in PRIMEtime

October 25, 2010

The Connected Kids mentoring program is excited to be a partner in the PRIMEtime collaborative.  Through Connected Kids, caring and positive adults form friendships with Northfield youth.

Connected Kids currently has 85 youth who meet one-on-one with adults and do everything from recreational activities, arts and crafts, board games, and – most importantly – talking and developing a friendship.

All youth need caring adults in their lives—become a mentor by clicking HERE or by calling the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative at 507-664-3524.

One hour of your time each week has a powerful impact on a young person!

Meet one of Northfield’s four Promise Fellows — Jordan Taylor

October 18, 2010

Meet Jordan Taylor, Promise Fellow with the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative!

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 (HCI).  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 Jordan Taylor, who is in his second year as a Promise Fellow with HCI.

Meet Promise Fellow Jordan Taylor!

Host Site:
Healthy Community Initiative
Hometown: Hutchinson, Minnesota
School/Major: University of Minnesota, Duluth – Sociology
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, it would be… Potatoes – a boring but versatile food
What you’re reading right now: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Favorite place you’ve traveled: New York City
Unexpected fact about you: I play in at least 5 different bands, yikes.

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

I work on a variety of youth-focused initiatives around Northfield and larger Rice County, collaborating with groups such as the Northfield Mayor’s Youth Council, the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use, TORCH, and the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key).

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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– Alex Beeby, Northfield Union of Youth Adult Board