15 reasons to celebrate 15 years

15 reasons why we should celebrate
Children First’s 15th anniversary…

Those who attended the 15th anniversary celebration shared ways that they see the Children First philosophy alive in St. Louis Park. Here are 15 of their examples.

1. St. Louis Park High School has the 9th grade asset building program to smooth the transition of freshmen to the high school. (Bonding to school)
2. At Union Congregational Church children have the same name tags as the adult members. (Youth as resources)
3. Students who have graduated become professionals and return to give back to the schools and community organizations. (Other adult relationships)
4. Parks & Recreation provides many activities for youth: Kids Garage Sale, Penny Carnival, Splash Pad at Oakhill Park and new playground at Oregon Park to name a few. (Youth Programs)
5. Bookmark in the Park encouarges a community discussion around a book that everyone is encouarged to read. (Reading for pleasure)
6. Central Clinic run by a partnership between Park Nicollet Health Services and St. Louis Park Schools provides free physical and mental health services for youth in the community. (Community values youth)
7. Whole Learning School hosts Special Person Day when students bring a caring adult in their life to school to show them what they are learning. (Adult role models)
8. Minneapolis AAA’s Minneapolis Auto Foundation for Safety is dedicated to kids and traffic safety. (Safety)
9. The Oakhill Neighborhood Association hosts family events like a bonfire and sleigh ride and ice skating rink parties. (Caring neighborhood)
10. 150 non-parent adults volunteer in the public schools every week and working in classrooms, one-on-one or in small groups. (Achievement motivation)
11. A neighbor works an immigrant family in the neighborhood to help the children assimilate.
(Cultural competence)
12. Many from the community including people from the Police, Inspections and Fire Departments volunteer at Meadowbrook Collaborative’s Homework Help program. (Other adult relationships)
13. A student is organizing volunteers to distribute contribution envelopes so her neighborhood can sponsor a scholarship through Dollars for Scholars. (Youth as resources)
14. Sports organizations and volunteer coaches are great examples for kids. (Adult role models)
15. More than 100 people have been trained as Asset Champions and are intentionally focusing on the healthy development of St. Louis Park young people where they live, work, volunteer and go to school. (Community values youth)