HCI funds six “Investing in Youth” grants to benefit area youth

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At their December 2013 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support six projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth, including five Service Learning projects designed by Northfield High School students.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:

Hidden Worlds Revealed
Latino students and English as a Second Language (ESL) students at the Northfield High School planned a trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota to tour the Hidden Worlds Revealed Exhibit and discuss issues of culture.  This is an exhibit about the ancient Mayan civilization.


Northfield High School Service Learning Projects

Service learning is a teaching method that enriches education by engaging students in meaningful service to their schools and communities.  HCI approved grants for the following projects designed by the students in Sarah Swan-McDonald’s Service Learning Class at the Northfield High School:

1.  Rally Against Bullying in the  Middle School.  Students are working with Northfield Middle School staff and conducting classroom visits with anti-bullying information.

2. Texting and Driving.  This is a campaign against texting while driving, aimed at students of the Northfield High School.

3. High School Athletes Developing Youth Sports.  This is a campaign to recruit high school athletes to mentor and/or help coach elementary-aged youth athletes.

4. Emergency Plan Packets.  Students are creating and distributing Emergency Plan packets for families with one or more members with undocumented status.  The packet provides information and a plan of action in the event of a family member being detained or deported.

5. Carols/Candy Canes for Cancer.  This project is a fundraiser to benefit local families with children who are battling cancer.


Sarah Swan-McDonald’s Service Learning Class will be holding an open house on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, in the Lower Cafeteria at the Northfield High School, 6:00-7:00 pm.  The public is welcome and encouraged to come and learn about all the fabulous projects designed by the students.


HCI offers Investing in Youth grants to projects and activities that:

  •  provide the opportunity for young people to develop positive intergenerational relationships with caring adults and/or
  •  connect Northfield youth with their communities (ex. neighborhood, school, wider Northfield)

Applications are reviewed monthly and are due by the 8th of the month.  Visit www.northfieldhci.org/investinginyouthgrants for more information and to access the easy-to-complete application.