Children First Update

15 Years…
Wow, thanks to everyone who celebrated 15 years of the St. Louis Park community putting Children First. If you missed the festivities and the comments by Dr. Peter Benson, president, Search Institute, do not despair.  Thanks to the city’s cable Civic Channel 17 the program is available On Demand. High speed internet is required to view the video.  The show can also be viewed on Channel 17 on October 16 at noon and 8 p.m. It will run frequently after that; to find out when consult the Channel 17 schedule.

Pictured here, Children First Co-Chair Michael Jacobs bestows upon Dr. Peter Benson, St. Louis Park super hero status as he presents him with his own super hero drawing by local artist Michael Christiansen.  Special thanks to Peter Benson for helping us celebrate!
Thank to our premier event sponsor Japs-Olson Company. Other supporters were: AAA Minneapolis and its Minneapolis Auto Club Foundation for Safety, Citizens Independent Bank, Harley & Verna Bergren, Larson Allen, CPAs, Karen & Fred Atkinson, Park Nicollet Foundation, and two Special Friends. The event was co-presented by St. Louis Park Schools Parent Academy.

This edition of the Children First News is full of memorabilia. Check out the photo album and memories of people who were here back in the day! Also, don’t miss Hannah Lindenberg’s article about that important right of passage: the right to vote!

What’s Up Next!!!

Champion Charge: October 22
Asset Champions, there is an informal Champion Charge on Wednesday, October 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. This gathering is all about you. Bring a bag lunch, stop by for as long as you can and get inspiration and ideas from each other. It’s been awhile since we’ve connected, so this will be a great way to get re-energized in your role as an Asset Champion.  The gathering is at Louisiana Parks Pavilion, 3500 Louisiana Ave. So. (North of Highway 7 on Louisiana Ave.)

Search Institute Pre-Conference Session
St. Louis Park is hosting a pre-conference session during Search Institute’s Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth Conference that will focus on the Asset Champions Network. The session will be held at St. Louis Park City Hall on Wed., November 5. People from other communities will have the chance to learn about our operating structure and what it means to be an Asset Champion. If you would like to help with this session please  email Karen.

Tel-a-Vision – Share your idea —-3 volunteers needed!
Working with Tel-a-Vision, Children First will be putting together a brief video which will be shown at the Search Conference. The video will use the Tel-a-Vision technology which gives anyone a voice in sharing their vision in the world.  You can learn move by visiting Tel-a-vision.

You can help via email or in person. First, we need your thoughts. The video includes words and phrases.  Our video will be about the Children First vision that all kids in St. Louis Park get the care and support they need to grow up happy, healthy and successful in a thriving community.  What does this mean?  What should  our community to look like? How do we want this to impact our  youth?  Brevity is key! One to six words per thought. What are your vision thoughts?
Second, we need three volunteers, adults or young people, to put the video together during the last week of October. The commitment is one 2-hour session.
If you have a vision thought to share or would like to help with the video, email Karen. ASAP.
December 2 – Facebook & Asset Champs
It’s time to get in the game—the social networking game. During the December 2nd Asset Champions Network quarterly gathering, we will develop an online community for Asset Champions. During this session, some of our experts (you know those among us who live in the online realm) will help us set up Facebook Pages and create a Children First Asset Champions online community where we can connect with one another. Imagine the possibilities! You will be able to after this session. The meeting will be held Tuesday, December 2, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Louis Park High School Media Center. Watch for more info.