15 reasons to celebrate 15 years

15 reasons why we should celebrate Children First’s 15th anniversary… Those who attended the 15th anniversary celebration shared ways that they see the Children First philosophy alive in St. Louis Park. Here are 15 of their examples. 1. St. Louis Park High School has the 9th grade asset building program to smooth the transition of…

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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…

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Thanks for the memories!!!

Thanks to these people for sharing their Children First memories. Take a walk down memory lane with them and you may learn something you didn’t know about Children First! Emily Foster My experience with Children First started when I was a sophomore in high school and I was writing a paper for a class assignment…

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Bridget Gothberg

Then and now… Then: We believed we could make a differenceNow: We did make a difference and we still believe Then: We believed everyone had responsibilityNow: We have asset champions proving that point Then: We knew we had to involve young peopleNow: We do involve young people Then: We hired Karen Atkinson, hoping she would…

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Luke Johnson

Getting a kiss from Anita on your birthday and wearing it on your cheek all day with pride…any other lipstick stain on a teenage boy’s face would be rubbed off in a heartbeat. The mayor’s youth summit and all of the things that sprung from those discussions… A skate park was built because skateboarders asked…

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Lori Gerval

With regard to Children First….what a FUN time this was to work with others in the community (adults and kids) and putting together special events to help launch the initiative. The challenges were to overcome the objection that “I don’t have time for doing another ‘program’….the FUN was helping people (and businesses) realize that Children…

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Shelby Andress

St. Louis Park Children First Memories… About Carl Holmstrom Among Search Institute staff, Carl became legendary. We all have our favorite Carl quotes. Here’s one I remember -and a Willmar leader told me he heard it, too, at a public rally there. “This assets work is the most spiritual experience I’ve ever had in my…

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Bob Ramsey

Children First Memories * I remember chairing a sub-committee that named our yet-to-be defined initiative “Children First.” The name stuck; but we didn’t have anything to stick it on yet. * I remember when Search Institute had identified only 30 Developmental Assets. * I remember Carl Holmstromsaying over and over “I can’t explain it—but it…

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