Four Girl Scouts working toward their Silver Award are helping Children First create an inspiring way to share the message about the 40 developmental assets, which are character-building traits young people need to be successful. Mariah, Jenna, Ali and Kelsey from St. Louis Park Girl Scout Troop 10297 have contacted 40 organizations in St. Louis Park asking them to depict one of the 40 assets by creating a painting.
The 40 paintings will appear during a gallery show at the Children First Ice Cream Social on Sunday, May 17 at Wolfe Park and will also be made into a poster available for distribution that day. After the Ice Cream Social, the 40 paintings will be divided into smaller groups and be exhibited at public locations in the community. This project was made possible through the generosity of a St. Louis Park Arts & Culture grant.
According to the Girl Scouts, the project is designed:
• To build community by bringing together a variety of local organizations focused on an artistic project.
• To educate the community through art about Children First and the 40 developmental assets.
• To provide an advertising tool, the poster, for more than 100 trained Asset Champion volunteers to use in furthering their effort to communicate with the community about Children First.
The Girl Scouts were diligent about securing organizations that represented the community. The most difficult part of the project to date was narrowing the list to 40 groups because there are so many wonderful organizations that support St. Louis Park youth. Artists involved in the project are from pre-school age through senior citizens.
The 40 organizations participating are:
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
Aquila Primary Center
Benilde-St. Margaret’s School
Boys to Men (St. Louis Park High School student group)
Citizens Independent Bank
St. Louis Park City Council
City of St. Louis Park
Day One (St. Louis Park High School student group)
Early Childhood Family Education
Elmwood Neighborhood Association
English Language Learner class – St. Louis Park Junior High
St. Louis Park Fire Department
St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts
The Latino Association for Higher Achievement (St. Louis Park High School student group)
St. Louis Park League of Women Voters
Lenox Senior Center
Minneapolis Jewish Day School
Minnikhda Vista Neighborhood Association
Park Nicollet Foundation
St. Louis Park Police Department
Rotary Club of St. Louis Park
St. Louis Park School Board
St. Louis Park Special Education – 9/12 Program
St. Louis Park Business Council– TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
St. Louis Park Emergency Program – STEP
St. Louis Park Library
St. Louis Park Soccer Association
St. Louis Park Transportation Co.
Westwood Hills Nature Center
The Whole Learning School
Youth Development Committee