Champion Charge – Summary

Champions who came: Marilyn, Barb, Kari, Tom, Susan, Margaret, Mary, Brad, Mick, Wes.

Champion Charges are informal gatherings where Asset Champions can connect and share ideas.

• I’m being more cognizant of saying hi to kids of all ages. Find out one thing they are interested in. Compliment them or ask about that interest.
• Many art opportunities: Oct. 14 Lake Forest Art Crawl as a fundraiser for Dollars for Scholars. Student artists invited to participate. Arts & Culture Grants deadline is Oct. 15. Want to get the word out that youth can apply. Last year grant recipient, high school junior Julia worked with an art mentor to create a mural. Oct. 23 there will be an arts & nature program for 12-14 year olds at Westwood Nature Center. Info at
• High school has a bulletin board and hopes to get “150 ways” posters out in school. There has been discussion about murals.
• Lenox received an Arts Grant to create a three-dimensional mural in its entryway. Artists involved span the ages from seniors to preschoolers.
• Next week a contingency from St. Louis Park, including two young people, will be honored in Washington D.C. during the “100 Best Communities for Young People” celebration.
• A group in the community is looking into a circulator bus for kids.
• Park Nicollet Foundation provided a grant for field trip transportation to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
• A video club with 18 kids has started at the junior high. They will be producing video, including commercials, for cable.
• The Community Education Roundtable will be trained in asset building at their October meeting.
• Ascension Lutheran Church is working with STEP to collect items most needed by the food shelf.
• The City Council recognized the nature center’s junior naturalists at one of their meetings last month.
• Mayor Jacobs spent two days at the junior high teaching students the history of St. Louis Park. He has also done this in Spanish for Park Spanish Immersion students.
• Meadowbrook’s family celebration was wonderful connecting residents with many local organizations.
• Fifty seniors staffed the Caring Tree at Knollwood Mall where they collected school supplies.
• ECFE had city vehicles, ambulances, etc., on display.
• Citizens Independent Bank is involved in the Halloween Party at Westwood Nature Center and Day One, the back-to-school celebration.
• Children First postcards were available at National Night Out parties.

Ideas for things to be done:
• Train city staff.
• Tie in with new residents’ information.
• Use display case at Central Community Center to feature kids’ art.
• Share information from this gathering.
• High school Asset Champions want to get student Asset Champions together to help direct what should be done.
• Tie asset message into high school staff meetings.
• Share at neighborhood gatherings, i.e., State of the City.
• Be intentional in tying assets to what we are doing. Have the conversation with others involved in projects about what assets are being addressed.
• Focus on a couple of assets or an asset category. Find the ones that are most tied to what you/your organization does.
• Look for ways to tie the asset philosophy into the response to infractions by young people.
• Don’t pass kids without saying hi. Take the opportunity to talk to kids.