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New book features Children First

Children First and St. Louis Park are featured in Thomas L. Friedman’s new book, Thank You for Being Late: An optimist’s guide to thriving in the age of accelerations, which was released this past week. The author and New York Times columnist, grew up in St. Louis Park. As Tom considered the dizzying changes in…

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Become an Asset Champion!

Join the 250 Asset Champions who have committed to bringing out the best in St. Louis Park youth. Become trained as an Asset Champion! The training provides background about Children First and the importance of the 40 Developmental Assets research. During this interactive session, participants have plenty of time to develop ideas to apply to…

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4,000 ice cream cones!

The weather cooperated Sunday and a record crowd consumed 4,000 Sebastian Joe’s and kosher ice cream cones from Lunds & Byerly’s. Thanks to everyone who made the 23rd Annual Children First Ice Cream Social presented by Citizens Independent Bank a success. People may have come for the ice cream, but they stayed for the entertainment,…

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Ice Cream Social – 2016

Join us for St. Louis Park’s premiere family event the 23rd Annual Children First Ice Cream Social presented by Citizens Independent Bank featuring free Sebastian Joe’s and kosher ice cream cones, entertainment and family activities. Sunday, May 15, 2016 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Wolfe Park (next to the Rec Center) The ice cream social will…

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High School innovation featured in Education Week

St. Louis Park High School’s Building Assets Reducing Risks (BARR) program which has been duplicated across the U.S. is featured in Education Week. “You had essentially a high school guidance counselor (Angela Jerabek) who wanted to solve the dropout problem in her school, and she has come up with a solution that has produced pretty…

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Tom Friedman talks about his SLP roots

Tom Friedman shared with 325 people at the Children First Champions Breakfast this morning via video how growing up in St. Louis Park gave him an anchor and sail. Tom graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1971 and went on to assignments across the globe and in the White House Press Corps. Currently,…

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Champions Breakfast – March 3

Save the Date! The fifth annual Children First Champions Breakfast celebrating the community’s commitment to building assets in young people will be held Thursday, March 3 at the Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place Hotel. The event is a way to connect with community leaders, an opportunity to learn more about Children First priorities and…

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Building Asset Reducing Risks

Superintendent Rob Metz

St. Louis Park’s black students have a graduation rate that is 20% higher than the state average. School Superintendent Rob Metz credits this to St. Louis Park High School’s innovative transition program, Building Asset Reducing Risks (BARR) program. “Once students form that personal bond, they begin to care about what happens in school. And once…

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