Northfield community benefits from HCI’s latest “Investing in Youth” grants

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At their recent board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved seven grants to support several projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:

8th Grade Farewell Fest
All Northfield Middle School 8th graders were invited to the 1st annual 8th Grade Fun Night held in late May.  There was music, carnival games, mini-golf, karaoke, fun with inflatables, and refreshments.  Fun Night was a time of celebration for the 8th graders as they completed their middle school education.

Let’s Plant!
First through 5th grade students from St. Dominic’s School traveled to the Three Links community for a planting project with the Three Links residents.  Students and residents planted vegetables in an outdoor garden.  The students were invited to come back throughout the summer to help tend the garden and visit with residents.

Greenvale 5th Grade Girls’ Ultimate Frisbee Graduation Celebration!
Working towards a Girl Scouts Bronze Award, three students planned an event for all of the graduating fifth grade girls at Greenvale Park Elementary School. This event was held on a Saturday at the end of the school year. Each participant received a frisbee. Some members of the Carleton women’s Ultimate Frisbee team came to the event and mentored and coached the girls on frisbee techniques.

Community Youth Fairs
Northfield Public Schools, Community Services Division hosts the annual Community Youth Fairs each August, just before the start of school.  Each year, approximately 450 elementary and middle school-aged students and their families attend these fairs.  Local organizations are invited to set up booths free of charge.  Each participating organization will then have access to these students and their families to inform them about the extracurricular opportunities available, as well as to share information about scholarships that might be available to the families.

Life of an Athlete Summer Training
Life of an Athlete (LOA) student leaders from Northfield High School attended a summer retreat in Bemidji, MN.  Students planned activities and initiatives for the upcoming school year.  Students also participated in a challenge course where they focused on character development and commitment to personal and team goals through team-building challenges.

Farm Work Days
The Key, in partnership with other organizations, has established a youth empowerment and education program that focuses on civic engagement, community organizing skills, business planning and development around green industries, and local sustainable agriculture. Participants meet each Thursday at a farm site to learn about sustainable agriculture and to help work the field, with all proceeds from the youth farm site going back into the youth program for other educational events.

Northfield Skate Park Benefit Concert
The youth of the Northfield Skateboard Coalition organized a concert to raise funds for the construction of the Northfield Skate Park.


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 for more information and to access the easy-to-complete application.

Funding for the HCI Investing in Youth grants program comes from the Northfield Hospital & Clinics and the Northfield Area United Way.