If you’re going to be attending post-secondary classes in 2020/2021 and have been active within the Northfield Union of Youth, let us help you! Scholarships available for $2,000/year, up to $8,000 over multiple years. See attached application form (or renewal form for past recipients). Due March 19th, 2021. Email email@example.com with any questions!
Our work at NUY revolves around the ever changing landscape of youth identified needs and opportunities for community growth. 2019 certainly brought plenty of that, and we are excited to share with you some of our successes from last year. We are grateful for Northfield for their commitment to seeing every young person as a unique and valued citizen, and continue to push to ensure that all kids have voice and power through the creation of a caring and enriching community.
Read the English version of the 2019 Impact Report or download the PDF version here:
Lea la versión en español del Informe de Impacto 2019 o descargue la versión en PDF aquí:
If you’re going to be attending post-secondary classes in 2019/2020 and have been active within the Northfield Union of Youth, let us help you! Scholarships available for $2,000/year, up to $8,000 over multiple years. See attached application form (or renewal form for past recipients). It’s due March 20th! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Scott joined the Northfield Union of Youth (NUY) three years ago, and at that time we had little savings, immense debt from the mortgage of our youth center, and were about a month away from closing our doors. Through Scott’s relentless effort, NUY has come full circle and is out of debt, has three full-time employees, and is in the strongest position in its’ 25 year history. Through his time at NUY, Scott worked with youth facing some of the biggest challenges. He made relationships with those who struggled with mental illness, abusive households, chemical addiction, and homelessness. He saw problems as opportunities to help and walked alongside youth to create new systems and better supports. Since then, Scott has had a mission to help the youth in need and empower them to be their best selves because, in his own words, “Empowered youth create empowered adults”. We are proud to see Scott Wopata take his experiences to the Community Action Center (CAC) in September as their new Executive Director and know that he will creatively and compassionately support the community and families like he supported the youth at The Key.
The community of youth and adults involved with the Northfield Union of Youth have grown to love and appreciate Scott for the effort he put into growing our non-profit and helping the youth who need it most. Now that he is leaving, there is an immense sorrow that surrounds the organization, but as VP of The Key Youth Board Chase Ingraham put it, “It is a selfish sorrow”. This is just one of the many iterations The Key and NUY goes through. From the beginning, The Key has been an inter-generational establishment – cycles of people come and go – and the director is no exception. Through these cycles NUY and The Key have remained strong and thriving organizations with a fixed purpose. The integrity, the mission statement, and the motivation to make the change we seek will always stay. We know that through the positive and empowered culture that Scott has helped develop over the past three years, we will not only maintain the success we have seen but continue to grow to be even stronger.
As the search for new leadership begins, our Youth Boards and Board of Directors are committed to finding someone who understands the value of youth empowerment and is able to engage the community in the way that Scott has done for so many years. Every person involved in the Northfield Union of Youth is committed to our mission statement, “…to provide power and voice to area youth and to create a caring and enriching community.” We are confident that we will find someone who not only understands the statement, but truly believes in its value. Scott truly believed in this mission.
Scott Wopata has not only grown as a person through his experience at the Key and NUY, but he has empowered all those around him to grow as well. The four of us writing this letter owe Scott a great deal when it comes to helping us become the people we are today. He’s taught us the power of empowering not only ourselves, but those around us. He has challenged us to think critically and look at obstacles from more than just one angle, and he’s taught us that our voice and actions can make a difference in other people’s lives.
Northfield community, thank you for your support and your generosity. The Key is part of the fabric of our community and we are confident that we can all work together to carry the impact of NUY into the future. Stay up to date, donate, or learn more about NUY at www.unionofyouth.org.
To the Community Action Center, please know Scott is someone who genuinely cares and takes empowerment for youth, families, and the community to the next level. He communicates in a way that helps others rethink the way they do things and how they can help. He has changed how we think, act, and feel. His persistence and resilience have been some of the most important qualities in his leadership here at NUY. His example has helped many youth and community members make improvements to both their own lives, and the lives of others. The community is better for having Scott involved and working for them.
Scott, thank you for bringing NUY to where it is now, a place where youth are experts on youth. A place where youth voice, opinion, and perspective have been amplified. Thank you for teaching us how to make it stronger, even for when you aren’t here. We love you Scott Wopata, take care.
Luke, Chase, Diana, and Bella
Luke Wiskus is the President of The Key Youth Board
Chase Ingraham is the VP of The Key Youth Board
Diana Montero is the President of the NUY’s Mental Health Board
Bella Callery is the VP of NUY’s Mental Health Youth Board
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If you’re going to be attending post-secondary classes in 2017/2018 and love The Key, let the Key love you back! Scholarships available for $2,000/year, up to $8,000 over multiple years. See attached application form (or renewal form for past recipients). It’s due March 29th! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Key Scholarship Renewal Form 2017 (past recipients)
Key Scholarship Application Form 2017 (new applicants)
April 20th marked the start of a new chapter for the Northfield Union of Youth as we welcomed 7 NEW adults to the Adult Board. Their support, leadership, hard work, passion, and dedication to the mission of NUY will help give power and voice to all Northfield youth. As we celebrate their willingness to help, we’re also excited about the future of supporting MORE youth-led ideas. The Union of Youth is truly a place for youth to get connected, make things happen, and positively impact the world. Join me in welcoming:
New Adult Board Members (through 2018)
They join a great team of adult board members that have helped the youth guide NUY through an exciting time of transition:
Current Adult Board Members (through 2017)
Do you have a talent, skill, or hobby, and a passion for working with young people? Mainstreet Mentors pairs Northfield area youth with caring adults in the community to learn a new trade or develop new skills, and NUY is always looking for volunteers to play a role in this process!
Please contact Jake Mulford at email@example.com if you are at all interested! Learn more about Mainstreet Mentors here.
Brought to you by The Key and the Rotary Club of Northfield, KeyFest is a family friendly fundraiser featuring local bands, food, a live action, and kidsâ€™ activities.
BANDS INCLUDE: Lonesome Shack (Seattle), Dewi Sant, Little Omar, Matt Arthur and Friends, Skeleton Club (fronted by Justin Plank of Gospel Gossip), Terry VanDeWalker (of the Big Wu), The Cutters, Broke Folk Records artists
***all original music***
KIDS ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Cakewalk, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Hay Loft, and other games
$5 Kids (under 12)
$15 for adults
*tickets available for purchase at Monkey See Monkey Read and The Thrifty Parrot; also available at the event.
THIS EVENT IS A FUNDRAISER FOR THE KEY. PLEASE COME OUT TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL YOUTH CENTER!!