Leaving out the fact that I lost keys, a camera, and a bike (all were retrieved), Crazy Daze was a pretty wild event. I lot of that can be blamed on The Key. The Key set up shop a little bit later than most and got a little bit wilder than most. Setup included the now obligatory skate demo (this year we pushed it to three hours) and dunk tank and included the usual sales of greeting cards, t-shirts, and sweets (Key shortbread cookies this year). Frisbees were a new addition to the sales items this year. We dunked a lot of people and the nearly $200 in sales can attest to this. I got Alex Beeby on my last throw. The carny talk of Adam Mousel and Addy Payne was especially beautiful. For more pictures please click here.
Marie Fischer and Addy Payne of the Key posed for the camera at the first annual Annie Get Your Girlfriends. This free downtown health event was conceived and created by the same people who brought us Manzone and 4Real Women and had absolutely nothing to to do with former Key director Anne Kroes, as far as we know. Youth from the Key tabled for the event, informing the curious of the many mentoring opportunities through the Main Street Mentors program. Did I mention that all participants were dressed in Old West garb?
One thing is for sure, THIS concert is still chugging along at full force. Be prepared for an evening of b-boying, DJs, MCs, and graffiti, all starting at 7:00 at the Key, this Saturday the 26th. Acts such as Individuo (Eman and Riahl), Hyperlink (Joe McG), Noo Chode and Optimus Rhymus (Andrew and James Wilson), Boogeyman feat. Young City (Chris Goodwin and Jon Clammer) and other special guests, along with the best Nfld has to offer: the Lost Boyz Crew tearing up some linoleum. Cost is $3. (Because of the recent canceling of the Beatles Cover Show, we are currently getting input from MCs about donating proceeds to the Plymouth Christian Youth Center)
We’re kicking off the beginning of a long series of summer concerts with a CD release concert from Paul Johnson (of Autophobia fame) from West Fargo. Paul will be playing at the Key starting on July 11th at 7:00pm, with a few of his good friends. Only $2 entry, and only $1 if you bring a canned good, and Paul’s CD ‘Sleepless’ will be sold. Chuckles and giggles will be plentiful, as will fanastic music by our good friend Paul Johnson.
Carleton’s out, and you know what that means! They leave all of their crap behind.
What you will find at the Carleton Garage Sale is the finest of the fine, and most definitely cheap. But not only do you find good bargains, you also help some of your favorite organizations, which consist of Project Friendship, Special Olympics, and, yours truly, The NUY. We have worked diligently with ACT for weeks, organizing all of these glorious left-behinds, so come and visit, and be sure to stake your place in line if you come Thursday morning!
The Northfield Union of Youth held its annual Senior BBQ after the board meeting on Wednesday the 28th of May. The Senior BBQ is an annual tradition that happens right after the senior Youth Board members’ last board meeting. Congrats to Tom Launer, Abe Henson, Madelyn Hartke, Kellen Kirchberg, James Wilson, Sam Dunnewold, Phoebe Currier, Gerrit Duys, Gus DeMann, Marie Fischer, and Lizzie French. You all showed amazing leadership and helped the Key assert a bigger presence in the community. You are all irreplaceable. Congrats. See you Wednesday at Commencement – 5:30-6:30 at Memorial Field. (Sorry for the bad photos – my camera died.)
FEEDBACK FENZY – be sure to catch them on the Key radio show this Saturday the 31st at 9:00am on KYMN (1080).
For more photos of the 2008 Eccentric Circus at Carleton’s The Cave click here. EC raised almost $500 for the Key this year.
On Thursday May 22nd Bridgewater Elementary School hosted an end of year celebration for a wonderful year of after school programming. Over 150 people showed up to the celebration which included Aztec Dancing, pinata smashing, clothes pin fishing, face painting, a free dinner, cotton candy, and a lot of prizes. Key Kids helped set up the event and even ran the fishing booth. A big applause goes to Kari Gorr and Lily Thiberot for organizing and running the event. For many many pictures of this event, including about 40 photos of the Aztec Dancers, please click here.
Funding for the Minnesota After-School Community Learning program is provided by the Minnesota Department of Education
Going into a week of gratitude and thanks giving, we know that we have so much to be appreciative of. The community of Northfield has never stepped down from a challenge, and they have continually been willing to open both their minds and their hearts to the work around them that needs to be done to make this community a great place for EVERYONE. Never enough words exist to thank all those who give of their time, of their talents, and of their resources. THANK YOU so much to everyone who gave to the NUY during Give to the Max. We are so grateful to you all for believing in the power of youth voice and the creation of a caring community! ...
“Hello, my name is Haley Heiner. I am the Co-President of the Northfield Union of Youth, also known as 'The Key.' I have been attending there for a while now and I’ve honestly never felt more at home there. So many wonderful people have accepted me there and I’ve gained amazing new friendships. The Key has helped me through so much regarding mental health, social skills, financial problems, and more. Without The Key, I don’t know where I would be today, and so many youth could say the same. The Key is the longest-running youth-led and youth-empowering organization recorded in the United States and I want it to stay that way. So many kids, including me, need a safe space like The Key. I'm so grateful that I have a place like this, and I am beyond grateful that our community cares for this organization.”
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