TORCH Book Club wins statewide award!

September 21, 2010

The TORCH Middle School Girls’ Book Club had the honor of receiving the Lt Governor’s Red Wagon Award last week.  This award recognizes groups of young people from across Minnesota who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, civic engagement, and/or leadership.  The Red Wagon Awards are coordinated by the Minnesota Alliance With Youth.

Members of the TORCH Book Club meet Sarah Dixon (center), Executive Director of the Minnesota Alliance With Youth

Our book club is composed of  7-10 girls who  have been meeting weekly to read aloud and discuss books and newspaper articles.  During their time together, the group shares snack, takes turns reading, and keeps a list of new vocabulary words on a whiteboard.  Inevitably, the time is filled with reading and relevant conversation triggered by the subject of the article or the book.

Three of the girls and their leader, Middle School TORCH Coordinator Susan Sanderson, attended the Red Wagon Awards Reception and Presentation at the Governor’s Residence on Monday, September 13.  It was an elegant affair and an awesome opportunity for all of us.

TORCH youth attend Camp Pepin

September 6, 2010

Eleven PRIMEtime youth attended Camp Pepin this summer with the support of TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes), a PRIMEtime partner.

Camp Pepin is a YMCA camp located in Wisconsin on the beautiful shores of Lake Pepin.  TORCH provided assistance with the registration process, fees, supplies and transportation.

Highlights of Camp Pepin include archery, sailing, and swimming.  On the ride home, youth were chatting about their plans for next summer and were hopeful that they would be able to return to Camp Pepin.   One TORCH camper declared this was the “best summer of my life.”

Funding for TORCH summer experiences was provided by Women In Northfield Giving Support, the Grace Whittier Fund, and the Northfield Area United Way.

Summer PLUS Community Open House this Monday

July 16, 2010

The Summer PLUS program is hosting a community open house this Monday (July 19) from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Northfield High School.

Community members are encouraged to stop by and see firsthand this fabulous program, which provides academic enrichment and recreational opportunities to over 200 Northfield children in grades K-8 each day.

The program is being held this summer at the Northfield High School.

For more information on Monday’s Open House, click HERE.

Rotary Club of Northfield makes huge commitment to local youth

July 12, 2010

A giant round of applause to the Rotary Club of Northfield for their commitment to Northfield youth!

Rotary announced that they will provide up to $40,000 in assistance to support the purchase of the new Key location in downtown Northfield (picture at the bottom of this post).  They will also partner with the Northfield Union of Youth/The Key to expand mentoring opportunities and to encourage additional intergenerational connections between local youth and adults.

Click HERE to read more about this exciting partnership in the July 10, 2010 edition of the Northfield News.

The new location of The Key

First day of Summer PLUS today!

June 21, 2010

We had a great start to our Summer PLUS program today!  We had 250 students (grades K-8) in attendance — all were excited for the summer program to begin!

The program’s hours are 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday through July 29.  The program meets this year at Northfield High School. All students receive a morning snack and lunch.  They work with teachers in the morning and play recreational games in the afternoon.

Many thanks to everyone who made the first day of Summer PLUS a success!

– Posted by Pat Parlin, Northfield ALC and PLUS Coordinator

PRIMEtime presents to the City Council

June 17, 2010

The PRIMEtime Collaborative presented to the school board this week.  Project partners recapped highlights from the year, shared the significant positive outcomes of the program and announced the launch of the website and the “It’s 4 PM, Where are Northfield’s Kids?”

Two PRIMEtime 7th graders charmed the group with their perspectives on the programs they are involved with.

Check NTV this week to watch the presentation.

Watch our Video!

May 10, 2010

The PRIMEtime Collaborative programs make a positive difference in the lives of Northfield’s kids every day. Watch our video to see how!

Then, please spread the word about our campaign to raise funds locally to help support these vital programs. Our posters and lawn signs will be going up around town soon, and you can help when you tell your friends.

Thank you!

How to donate to PRIMEtime Collaborative

May 7, 2010

Now you can make a tax-deductible donation at to support the important programs of  PRIMEtime Collaborative. Your donation will make it possible to keep these important youth-serving programs running in a time of declining grant funds and significant budget cuts.

Donations made online at are secure and simple to make, and several area foundations contribute to pay the credit card transaction fees, so 100% of your donation goes directly to PRIMEtime Collaborative. You can make a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation – weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually.

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered with  HCI also helps to convene the PRIMEtime Collaborative.  All funds donated through the link above, or through the Donate Now button on our “Donate” page, will be distributed directly to the PRIMEtime program partners.

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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“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