Minnesota Alliance with Youth


Reflections on the Northfield Summit from an AmeriCorps VISTA Member

By: Emily Kay, AmeriCorps VISTA member serving with GradMinnesota I have been an AmeriCorps VISTA Member for about five months now, and in these short five months, I have been exposed to new ideas and opportunities for professional growth and development.  One of the most notable experiences I had the opportunity to help with was […] Read more »


Sweatpants By AmeriCorps Promise Fellow Maggie VanGrondelle, serving at MNIC High School About a week back, I had a new student come into school to register at MNIC. She was quiet and reserved but had on some incredible sweatpants that were patterned with the NBA team logos. Being a basketball fan myself, I told her how […] Read more »

St. Paul GradNation Community

In 2014, a coalition of representatives from Saint Paul’s governmental bodies, nonprofit organizations, and school district enlisted as a GradNation Community, dedicated to increasing the city’s graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020.  The St. Paul Children’s Collaborative facilitates St. Paul’s activity as a GradNation Community.  The coalition is a unique community partnership whose board […] Read more »

Northfield GradCommunity Summit

Inspiring Youth, Creating Change Youth, educators, family and community members gathered at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota on December 9th, 2016, for the Northfield Graduation Summit.  Selected by America’s Promise Alliance out of 100 nationwide communities to host a graduation summit, Northfield’s event brought together around 200 stakeholders to spend the day learning about best […] Read more »

That would be lovely

That would be lovely By Gin Eckert, AmeriCorps Promise Fellow serving at Wilder Foundation’s Youth Leadership Initiative “Yes, that would be lovely,” she said when I asked her if she wanted to go ice skating after school. She had early release and we had time to kill before we picked up the kids from Harding. […] Read more »

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