Minnesota #2 in Kids Count survey

For 21 years, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has published an annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, compiling the best data available on children and families in our nation and ranking every state on the well-being of its kids. This year Minnesota ranked second, behind New Hampshire. The study reflects a wide range of factors affecting…

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Atkinson honored by HOBY

Karen Atkinson was honored by the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program with the 2010 HOBY Cheers Outstanding Community Leadership Award. She was nominated by Children First’s Executive Committee. According to Children First Co-Chair Police Chief John Luse “Karen has dedicated her life to strengthening the St. Louis Park community’s commitment to the development of its…

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St. Louis Park shows its pride

St. Louis Park participated in the Reinventing Minnesota’s 25th anniversary Minnesota Community Pride Competition. Award winners were named on September 6th at the Minnesota State Fair with the Lilac Park/Beehive Restoration winning the top prize in the Natural Resources/Environment Parks category. Children First’s 40 Asset artwork project received an honorable mention in the Arts &…

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St. Louis Park teens share insights during panel

A new study, Teen Voice 2009: The Untapped Strengths of 15-Year-Olds – finds that a majority of 15-year-olds lack high levels of each of the concepts: “sparks,” “teen voice” and “relationships and opportunities.” These three factors, when experienced at high levels and combined, provide young people the support they need to set and keep a…

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March 20: write a note to an Incredible Kid!

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day is celebrated each year on the third Thursday. This year it’s March 20. Sponsored by Camp Fire USA, the event is designed to encourage adults to let kids know just how valuable they are by writing them a letter. The national letter-writing campaign urges adults to write letters of support and…

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