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

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At their September 2012 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  The projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program. 

Funded projects included:

Farm Bike Tour
Area college students are planning a community bike tour of seven local farms.  This event is scheduled for Saturday, September 29.  There will be interactive, educational, and kid-friendly activities at each farm.  After the bike tour, there will be a festival at SEEDS Farm, just south of Northfield.  The festival will be free, open to the public, for all ages, and will offer free food, live music, and more activities from sponsors.  Donations will be collected to help Dayna Burtness of Laughing Loon Farm, a local farmer who was impacted by severe flooding earlier this year.  More information.

Remarkable Reptiles
The Northfield Library is planning out-of-school programming for youth ages 6 to 18 during MEA break, October 18th and 19th.  One of those events is a reptile show.  The library has contracted with expert Jim Gerholdt to hold an informational program on reptiles and amphibians.  Depending on weather, the program may be held on the plaza outside of the library.  This event is open to the public.

NRC Autumn Youth Volunteer Event
Area youth are invited to attend this volunteer event on Saturday, October 6, where participants will help with fall bulb planting and grounds clean-up.  The Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) staff will explain and encourage public use of its outdoor “LifeTrail” and all trail exercise stations.  Youth from Bethel Lutheran Church, who frequently volunteer at NRC, will assist with the planning and implementation of the event.  Participants will be provided bulbs for planting at home.

Grand Buddies
Sibley Elementary School teacher Becki Haar plans to take her 28 fourth graders to visit the Bluebird and Cardinal Wings of the Northfield Retirement Center (NRC) each month throughout the school year.  Students learn about the elderly and their needs through literature and discussion.  Each month, the fourth graders will sing to and visit with NRC residents, and the students will decorate parts of the NRC with seasonal decorations.

Lace for the Cure
The Northfield High School Girl’s Soccer team is planning this project as a fundraiser for breast cancer research.  The team plans to gather donations, sell cupcakes, hold a raffle at a football game, encourage people to attend the soccer Lace for a Cure game, and coordinate with homecoming activities to hold a Lace for the Cure-sponsored dance at the high school on Saturday, October 6.


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 second Monday of the month.  Visit www.northfieldhci.org/investinginyouthgrants for more information and to access the easy-to-complete application.

Funding for the HCI Investing in Youth grants program comes from the Northfield Area United Way and Women In Northfield Giving Support (WINGS).