HCI Partners with Youthprise and the City of Northfield

HCI is proud to partner with Youthprise and the City of Northfield on the Youth First initiative. One of the key components of this work is to promote youth engagement, ensuring youth have seats at the community’s decision-making tables. In 2014-15, there were 19 high school students serving on local boards and commissions. Today, that number stands at 81 — ranging from the City of Northfield’s Planning Commission to the Human Rights Commission to the boards of local nonprofits like the Y and Northfield Arts Guild.

Check out this short video that talks about some of the impact of this exciting community initiative!

Northfield Promise receives national support to accelerate change

NP-and-redwingNorthfield Promise, in partnership with Red Wing’s Every Hand Joined, is one of five communities across the country selected for the 2016 Accelerator Fund after a competitive application process. These network members, along with the six communities chosen for the first round in 2015, will receive support from a $12 million investment fund.

The communities belong to the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network and will work to expedite progress toward better educational outcomes for all kids by joining a learning network run by the national education-focused network, StriveTogether.

Strive Network“Our goal as an organization is to prove that we can achieve consistent and sustained improvements in student outcomes at scale,” StriveTogether Managing Director Jeff Edmondson said. “The Accelerator Fund is designed to help communities reach education goals faster while building the strength of partnerships to accelerate their progress over the long term. We believe these five communities will identify and spread practices that achieve results, particularly for the most vulnerable children, and capture lessons that will advance other collective impact partnerships across the country.”

The five new Accelerator Fund partnerships are: Continue reading

Hope Langston selected for national data fellowship

Named as one of 17 Tableau Fellows nationwide

Hope Langston

Hope Langston

Northfield Public Schools District Assessment Coordinator and Northfield Promise Data Team Co-Chair Hope Langston was selected last month for the prestigious Tableau Fellowship by StriveTogether.

StriveTogether selected Langston and 16 other individuals for this data analytics fellowship program with the Tableau Foundation. The fellowship will help the Fellows and their communities more effectively view, analyze and share local education data to improve results for all students.

“To improve educational outcomes at scale, we need to empower community members and relevant partners with the data they need to make more informed decisions,” StriveTogether Managing Director Jeff Edmondson said. “Through our continued partnership with Tableau, we are helping local partnerships across the country find new and creative ways to communicate and understand data that will help them focus their time, talent and treasure to address the most pressing needs and spread the most impactful practices.” Continue reading

Northfield Promise Recognized by National Organization for Collective Impact Progress

striveNorthfield Promise is a proud member of the Strive Together national network. Strive is the national leader in collective impact work, supporting cradle-to-career initiatives across the country.

Strive formally accepts communities into their network through an application process. Members of the Strive Cradle to Career Network share a common commitment to:

  • Improving and reporting on a core set of academic outcomes: kindergarten readiness, early grade reading, middle grade math, high school graduation, post-secondary enrollment and post-secondary degree completion.
  • Building cross-sector partnerships with early childhood, K-12, higher education, community-based organizations, business, government and philanthropy
  • Developing and sustaining cradle to career civic infrastructure by implementing a data-driven, quality approach to collective impact

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New Pass for Middle & High School Youth Opens the Door to Athletic Events

brightspot2-with-taglineAs one of its key benchmarks, Northfield Promise recognizes the importance of young people feeling connected to their school and community. Part of this connection can be fostered by participating in school activities.

The Northfield Public Schools recognized that there were barriers in place that made this connectedness difficult for some youth, particularly young people whose families may struggle economically. To address this, a number of additional strategies were rolled out this summer, including doing neighborhood-based registration events to sign up for middle and high school activities and partnering with HealthFinders to offer free sports clinics at the Greenvale Park Community School. Continue reading

TORCH Named Finalist for National Latino Student Success Award

TORCH-005The Northfield Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) program was named as one of twenty “2016 National Finalists for Examples of Excelencia,” an initiative honoring America’s top programs that increase academic opportunities and achievement for Latino students.

This year’s 20 finalists were selected from among 190 programs nominated in four categories from 33 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Continue reading

“Dream” of Latino Childcare Providers Network to launch, thanks to WINGS grant

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Growing Up Healthy Neighborhood Leaders

Northfield Promise knows that access to high quality early childhood programming is strongly linked to kindergarten readiness, future academic success, and overall health and well-being. For this reason, partners are thrilled to announce the development of the Latino Childcare Providers Network (LCPN), an exciting new collaboration between the Northfield Promise Ready for Kindergarten Action Team, Northfield Public Schools Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), and Growing Up Healthy.

Growing Up Healthy recently received the “2016 Dare to Dream” award from WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support), a $10,000 grant that will be used to create the LCPN. Continue reading

Social-Emotional Learning this Summer

brightspot2-with-tagline“Social-emotional well-being” is more than just a buzzword. Northfield Promise team members know that the social-emotional component of a child’s development can impact most every other aspect of a child’s life.

During his interview process, new Northfield Public Schools superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann was asked to name the three biggest challenges facing the district in the coming years; he didn’t hesitate to list “working with the variety of mental health and behavior circumstances of an ever-changing student population” as one of the top three challenges. Continue reading

“Reading Rockets” Takes Off!


Gina Swenson and Robert Garcia

Reading skills and the joy of reading both took big leaps forward for students participating in Reading Rockets last summer, a seven-week program offered as part of the Summer PLUS program.

In the program’s first year last summer, teachers Gina Swenson and Robert Garcia worked every morning with two “cabins” of students who were behind grade level in reading. Gina teaches 1st grade at Sibley and Robert teaches 4th grade in the Compañeros program at Greenvale Park. Both were excited by the Reading Rockets goal of bridging the summer reading gap with a focus not just on the fundamentals of reading, but also on family involvement and the joy of reading. Continue reading

Business & Technical Trades Career Exploration Day a great success!

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Booster Club, led by John Stenz and Heather Poush from FORCE America, executed Northfield’s largest career exploration event for youth on May 17. Over 35 local employers and well over 500 students from grades 7 through 12 participated in this year’s Business and Technical Trades Career Exploration Day. The day is aimed to introduce youth to careers in the trades and technical fields. Continue reading