On Monday October the 13th, the Primetime Grant Collaborative and its Primetime Fellows were celebrated for their wonderful contribution to the Northfield community. The PRIMEtime Fellows are high school students that assist with elementary and middle school at after school and summer programming. The Fellows were a recent winner for the Red Wagon Award in Minnesota, which is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Alliance with Youth and Lieutenant Governor Carol Molnauand and recognizes young people who have demonstrated the following:

* Increased academic achievement
* Civic engagement & service
* Exemplary leadership

The Northfield Skateboard Coalition was a recipient of the award in 2007.

The School Board Meeting also included a presentation by the Primetime Collaborative Team in which they went over successes and numbers for the 2007-2008 school year and summer programming. PRIMEtime stands for Promoting Responsible Individuals through Mentoring and Enrichment and is a collaborative effort to assure out-of-school-time programming for Northfield youth in grades 4-12 and is funded by the Minnesota Department of Education. Over 1000 youth participated in the Primetime programming during the 2007-2008 grant year and included: PLUS – an after school program that meets four days per week at Bridgewater Elementary School & Greenvale Park Elementary School; the Middle School Youth Center – open daily after school in the Northfield Middle School; The Key; and Summer PLUS – a summer-long academic and recreational program for elementary and middle school students. Community partners include Connected Kids Mentoring, Aztec Dancers, Comadres, Reaching Our Goals (ROG), Woman’s Circle, TORCH, and many others. Northfield Healthy Community Initiative did an excellent job as the hosting agent and helped coordinate and implement many aspects of the grant.

Thanks to Marnie Thompson, Pat Parlin, and Roger Jeni giving the presentation as well as the youth who also spoke at the meeting.

Check out Griff’s Wigley’s post on Locally Grown; it has much better photos than this post.

Anyone interested in the powerpoint presentation (minus the pictures, sorry) can download it here: