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Recovery’s Got Talent! Friday, August 19 at the Northfield Arts Guild

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 8:42am

Join this local competition to raise awareness about those in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse. Now in its fourth year, Recovery’s Got Talent is open to anyone in Southern Minnesota — those in recovery and anyone who supports those who are!

Consider signing up for the contest or attending the show on Friday, August 19 at the Northfield Arts Guild. Spread the word!
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TORCH named finalist for national Latino student success award

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 4:18pm

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

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

TORCH is the only Minnesota program to be named a finalist. The program was nominated  by a program officer at Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, a past TORCH funder.

TORCH works to increase the high school graduation rate and postsecondary preparedness of Northfield youth in grades 6-12 who are low-income, students of color, and/or potential first-generation college attendees. TORCH serves more than 400 Northfield youth each year. Over the past 10 years, Northfield’s four-year high school graduation rates for Latino students community-wide have increased from 27% to 83%.

For more information on the award and the 20 finalists, click HERE.

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Northfield’s John Stenz and Heather Poush are making a difference

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:26am

NHS Counselor Mark Ensrud, Technical Education Teacher at Northfield Middle School Steve Taggart, Heather Poush, John Stenz and HCI staff Gwen Daniels.

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized John Stenz, FORCE America president, and Heather Poush, FORCE America executive administrative assistant, with the July 2016 “Making a Difference” Award.

The award is given out monthly to community members or organizations that help to make Northfield an even better place for young people.

Stenz and Poush were given the award for their commitment to helping youth explore careers through the Business and Technical Trades Career Exploration Day, which was held at Northfield Middle School in May.

Through Stenz’s leadership, FORCE America commits financial and human resources to planning, coordinating and executing the event. Stenz and Poush engage well over 30 local employers and colleges who bring hands-on, interactive activities to the event.

“This was an amazing event,” said Michael O’Keefe, Northfield Middle School assistant principal. “It was a convergence of people with various backgrounds and skill sets coming together to promote various business and technical career opportunities.”

During this year’s expo, more than 600 middle and high school students, their teachers, and their parents visited employer and college booths and explored careers in business, manufacturing, transportation, law enforcement and more.

“John and Heather also commit time monthly to the Northfield Promise initiative, volunteering their expertise as part of the Career and College Readiness Action Team and supporting the work of HCI’s Youth First program,” said Sandy Malecha, HCI Youth Futures coordinator.

“They have demonstrated a deep commitment to our community’s youth, and we are incredibly grateful.”

The Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. To nominate individuals or groups for this award, visit for nomination guidelines and the easy to complete application, or find HCI on Facebook.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth.

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