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!
My experience with Children First started when I was a sophomore in high school and I was writing a paper for a class assignment and my teacher referred me to Karen Atkinson’s office. The day I met Karen and learned about Children First it changed my whole high school experience. The 40 assets that are the backbone of Children First’s philosophy taught me a lot about myself and gave me a purpose. I spent the rest of my high school career learning that my voice was important and that I too, even at the tender age of 16, had an important role to play in my community and my school. The Children First philosophy was empowering and confidence building; I learned important lessons in those three years of involvement that extended far beyond the classroom and are still with me today at 26 years of age.
Emily Geraci Foster
Intern with Children First, 1997-2000
St. Louis Park High School, Class of 2000