Our Story

More than two decades ago local leaders and residents chose to make St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a community that through its decisions and actions put Children First. It started in March 1992, when the school superintendent spoke to The Rotary Club of St. Louis Park sharing the challenges facing young people and their families. Two entrepreneurs who were members of the club sought a way to address those challenges.

What transpired was the creation of a partnership among the business, city, faith, health and education communities bringing the community together to support youth—intentionally making connections and building assets.

Children First:

  • Is a philosophy rather than a program.
  • Focuses on positive character-building traits.
  • Targets all St. Louis Park youth, birth through 18 years old.
  • Calls everyone to support our young people.

Our Promise

Our Promise

We are committed to a community-wide effort focused on building our young people’s strengths.

Our Vision

All young in St. Louis Park have care and support they need to thrive.

Our Mission

Our purpose is to engage caring adults, families, and organization to help young people develop their strengths.

Our Team

Executive Team

RobMetzWe have a talented and varied group that make up our team that oversees Children First.

View our Executive Committee.

Asset Champions

250 people from throughout the community are trained and are committed to bringing out the best in our young people.

Learn more.

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