City of Northfield’s Youth Leadership Academy — apply today!

City of Nfld logomyc closeThe City of Northfield and the Mayor’s Youth Council are accepting applications for the inaugural Youth Leadership Academy, which will run from June 23-27.

Five high school students will be selected for this week-long program.  Students will meet with city leaders, shadow different city departments, and learn about potential careers in municipal government.  This is a great career exploration and resume building experience!  For more information and the application, CLICK HEREApplications should be submitted before June 10!

Questions?  Email info@northfieldhci.org

NOW AVAILABLE: 2014-15 Youth Involvement Application

This year, there are more than 40 different openings for youth, like you, to get involved in local government and make change. Opportunities include the Mayor’s Youth Council and the newly proposed District Youth Council, as well as many spots that were recently opened on City of Northfield Boards and Commissions to help give youth a louder, and more-often-heard voice.

A brief description of these Boards, Councils, and Commissions follow; if you want a more in-depth description or if you are interested in applying to one or more of the following, please download the 2014-15 Youth Involvement Application.  Remember, though, that applications are due by WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014!

Mayor’s Youth Council, a council working with the Mayor of Northfield to identify issues important to Northfield young people and help design and implement solutions.

District Youth Council, a newly proposed council would help gather and provide youth input to the Northfield Public Schools and Northfield School Board.

Arts & Culture Commission, advises the Northfield City Council about the development of arts and cultural activities, organizations, and facilities in Northfield.

Environmental Quality Commission, advises the Northfield City Council on matters concerning environmental quality and natural resources.

Human Rights Commission, works with the Northfield City Council and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in implementing the state’s Human Rights Act to secure equal opportunities for all residents.

Library Board, helps make recommendations about the Northfield Public Library’s functions and facilities.

Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use, helps raise awareness about local youth substance use and makes recommendations for actions to decrease youth use.

Park and Recreation Advisory Board, directly advises city staff and officials regarding the public parks system and all public recreational facilities in the City of Northfield.

Free WiFi in the Northfield Area

For those who lack WiFi in their homes, using Northfield Public Schools new iPads can sometimes be a challenge. To combat this, the Mayors Youth Council has compiled a list of locations offering free WiFi in the city. Please share this list, and feel free to suggest any additional locations in the comments below

Locations of FREE! WiFi in Northfield:

 

Northfield High School Media Center

Open 7am to 3:30 pm Monday-Friday

 

Northfield Public Library (210 Washington St., Northfield MN)

Open Monday-Thursday 9:30 am to 8 pm

Friday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Saturday 9:30 am to 5 pm

Closed Sunday

 

The Key (109 6th Street W, Northfield MN)

Monday-Saturday 3 pm to 10 pm

Sunday 3 pm to 8 pm

 

St. Olaf College Library, Rolvaag Memorial Library (1510 St. Olaf Ave. Northfield)

Open Monday-Thursday 7:45am to midnight

Friday 7:45am to 9pm

Saturday 9am to 9pm

Sunday noon to midnight

 

Carleton College Library, Lawerence McKinley Gould Library (1 N College St., Northfield)

Fall Term Hours

Sept. 16-Nov. 20, 2013

Monday-Friday 8 am-1 am

Saturday 9 am-midnight

Sunday 9 am-1 am

End of Term Hours

Nov. 21-25, 2013

Thurs., Nov. 21 8 am-3 am

Fri., Nov. 22 8 am-3 am

Sat., Nov. 23 9 am-3 am

Sun., Nov. 24 9 am-3 am

Mon., Nov. 25 8 am-10 pm

 

Carleton College, Weitz Center (3rd st. E Northfield)

 

Hogan Brothers Acoustic Cafe (415 S Division St. Northfield)

Open Sunday-Thursday 9am to 9pm

Friday, Saturday 9am to 10 pm

 

Caribou Coffee (400 W 5th St, Northfield)

Open Monday-Friday 6am to 9pm

Saturday 6:30 am to 9pm

Sunday 6:30 am to 8pm

 

Goodbye Blue Monday Coffeehouse (319 Divison St. S, Northfield)

Open 7 days a week 6am to 10:30 pm

 

James Gang Coffeehouse and Eatery (2018 Jefferson Rd. Ste. H, Northfield)

Open Monday-Friday 6am to 8pm

Saturday-Sunday 7am to 5pm

 

Hideaway Coffeehouse and Winebar (421 Division St. S, Northfield)

Open Monday-Friday 6am to 10 pm

Saturday-Sunday 7am tp 10pm

 

Just Food Co-op (516 Water St. S, Northfield)

Open 7 days a week 8am to 9pm

 

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery (1401 Riverview Dr., Northfield)

Open 7 days a week 5am to 11pm

 

McDonald’s Restaurant (1101 S. Highway 3 Northfield)

Open 7 days a week 5am to 11pm

 

Culver’s Restaurant (960 Hwy 3 S. Northfield)

Open 7 days a week, 10:30 am to 10pm

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Mindfulness and Technolgy

(note: This piece, written by council member Scout Gregerson, was originally published in the Northfield News)

Entering a new school year, students are sure to expect a host of exciting and novel opportunities. Chief among these are the new iPads, which have been issued to Northfield High School and Northfield Middle School students as part of the district’s ‘Transformational Technology’ initiative. The tablets will allow teachers to integrate these devices increasingly into their classrooms and the daily lives of 21st century students. The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC), a city board consisting of current junior and senior students concerned with voicing youth perspectives on important issues and collaborating with community partners to implement projects and ideas, has been brainstorming ways in which to make this transition smooth not just for Northfield’s youth, but for everyone involved in this initiative. The MYC will launch a mindfulness campaign this fall specific to the introduction of the iPads, but with more enduring significance applicable to many aspects of education and life in general. The goal of this campaign is to introduce the concept of mindfulness to students, that is, the intentional thought of how our actions may affect ourselves and others and the ability to evaluate our choices based upon those outcomes. In regards to the ‘Transformational Technology’ initiative, mindfulness elevates the word ‘respect’ to a whole new level, incorporating the iPads themselves, teachers, and students alike. Mindfulness promotes the responsibility and accountability of students by encouraging good care, ownership, and patience with their iPads, while discouraging the mistreatment of technology and of others through technological means. The MYC plans to advocate mindfulness through a series of short videos, and will eventually extend the focus of the idea to other areas of student life such as academics and social life. We encourage any community members interested in collaborating with the MYC on this campaign to contact us at northfieldyouth.org

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Apply for MYC 2013-14

Current sophomore students at Northfield High School, Arcadia, and the Alternative Learning Center have the opportunity to apply for a position on the Northfield Mayor’s Youth Council. Students added to the council will serve a two year term and join the current juniors to form the 2013- 2014 council. The charges of the Mayor’s Youth Council as stated in the Northfield City Council Resolution # 2006-033 are as follows:

  • Assist with the identification of issues important to Northfield Young people
  • Work with community partners and other youth initiatives to help design and implement solutions to address opportunities and areas of concern
  • Provide youth perspectives on relevant issues to the Mayor, council member, and other groups.
  • Ensure a youth voice in civic affairs.

Projects from the 2012-2013 school year include:

  • Hosting a candidate forum for the positions of mayor, city council at-large, and school board.
  • Managing a teen clothing drive for the Northfield “Clothes Closet”
  • Creating a blog dedicated to keeping youth up-to-date with local civic affairs.
  • Providing youth input to the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use
  • Organizing a “Relay for Life Team” for high school students in Northfield.

The Mayor’s Youth Council seeks to bring together a diverse group of students in order provide a balanced perspective to all issues concerning Northfield youth. We hope to bring in new members with an interest in local government, community service, and cooperative projects. The council provides the opportunity to gain real life experience in working on complex group initiatives as well as serve the community in a leadership role.  We encourage any students seeking further information to contact current board members including Ian Iverson at pvtiverson@gmail.com. The final deadline for applications is Wednesday April, 17. The web pages at https://www.facebook.com/nfldyouth andhttp://northfieldyouth.org/ also provide additional details on the Mayor’s Youth Council’s mission, projects, and members.

MYC Talks About iPads

On February 11, 2013 the Northfield Board of Education adopted a Technology Transformation Proposal which had been under consideration for roughly a year. The specifics of the proposal are outlined as followed:

The Technology Transformation hopes to provide students with the resources and opportunities to prepare themselves for an ever evolving 21st century workplace. In order to accomplish this goal the district shall provide tablet iPad 2 computers to middle school and high school students with a 1:1 device to student ratio. In addition, the district shall provide elementary students with tablet iPad Mini computers with a 1:3.5 device to student ratio. The devices will be leased for a 3 year period which will run from July 1 to June 30 beginning this year. The cost has been estimated at $336,954 for hardware per year with an addition $172,107 allotted for applications and any additional device requirements. The total cost shall not exceed $550,000.

The Board voted 6 to 1 in favor of the proposal and there has been widespread support of the idea among Northfield’s teachers, who have been using iPads since the beginning of the current school year. Mark Thornton, President of the Teacher’s Association helped to conceive the proposal and believes that “Anytime you bring more of the world to the classroom, you have the opportunity for improvement.” Long time board member Noel Stratmoen reminded his fellow officials that not so long ago a debate raged as to whether the internet could serve a purpose in schools. Several other board members stated their support for exposing the district’s students to technology which has become essential to the workplace.

The only dissenting member of the Board, Rob Hardy, brought up a number of valid points in the discussion preceding the vote. Hardy described “Bring Your Own Device” plans which have been implemented elsewhere in the state which would dramatically decrease the cost to the District as well as grant students the freedom to choose their own device format and operating system. Furthermore, Hardy described a statement made by an Edina official that a 1:1 device to student ratio was “unsustainable.” Finally, Hardy described his belief that the quality of education depends not on technology so much as on quality instruction from passionate educators and encouraged the Board to consider a more flexible approach which might provide teachers the choice to adopt tablets in their individual classrooms.

MYC Talks About Proposed Calendar Shift

The Northfield School Board recently considered a “calendar shift.” The change would have moved the start of the new school year to the second week of August, the end of the first semester to the middle of December (to correspond with Winter Break), and the end of the year to the middle of May. The proposal included no additional instructional days and a plan for addressing the Minnesota’s ban on public schools beginning classes before Labor Day. However, with the proposed changes generating considerable community interest, the board chose to shelve the plan and open the floor for the public to express their concerns, with the hope to consider an alternative 2014 – 2015 school calendar. This post seeks to engage the student body of Northfield Public Schools by objectively addressing the pros and cons of an altered school calendar.

Pros:

The school board and district officials seek to consider an altered calendar in order to fulfill the district’s mission of improving student learning. They see the post- Labor Day start as an antiquated element of an agrarian calendar. An earlier start would give students extra instructional days prior to standardized tests like the MCA, MAP, and AP exams. The shift also has the potential to help lower income and minority students, who are often more susceptible to the “summer slide.” Also, the calendar change would end Northfield High School’s first semester at Winter Break, thus giving students time off immediately after, rather than before, their final exams.

Cons:

Many community members maintain that a calendar shift would only be a detriment to Northfield. They point to the fact that the district has provided little hard evidence that the early start would improve standardized test scores. The proposed changes would also interfere with both fall and spring sports at the High School level, limiting preseason practice for fall athletes, and extending the season beyond the school year for spring athletes. Families connected to St. Olaf and Carleton have expressed concern over the lack of coordination with the colleges calendars. Furthermore, a shift could limit students’ opportunity to participate in 4-H at the State Fair, attend August summer camps, and enjoy other late summer experiences.

Meeting Minutes: February 6, 2013

Mayor’s Youth Council

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Northfield High School – Room H108

7:45 a.m.

Members Present: Jorja Thompson, Ian Iverson, Darehik Agapito Romero, Steven Pfanning, Anna Pfefferle, Ivy Johnson, Nate Dahlen, Kindra Hurlbert, Chen Ye

Members Not Present: Jane Carlson, Matt Irwin, George Zuccolotto 

I. Plans On School Board Meeting:

  • As many MYC members possible to attend meeting.

II. Promoting Youth Awareness:

  • Ian’s article on school calendar changes printed and needed to be posted on blog.
  • MYC website nearly up-to-date
  • Facebook page: get as many likes as possible. Spread the word.
  • Speak with Northfield Patch about having a MYC blog: Check.

III. Youth Survey:

  • Brainstorm questions: Top 3 issues in Northfield (then MYC sort through and figure out which ones to tackle)
  • Focus on issues, rather than events.
  • Can’t be bias. 
  • Need to be made by end of school year.
  • Group to make questions: Ian, Scout, Daherik, Steven, Anna, Jorja

IV. Mini-Grants

  • MYC is on board with the grants.
  • Revise dates on application
  • How to promote? Send out email to youth groups. Facebook page and website.
  • Ian draft email.
  • Brainstorm list of people to send application to.

V. Tasks:

  • Nate article on iPads and Technology
  • Logan MYC profile on Patch

Meeting Minutes: January 23, 2013

Mayor’s Youth Council Meeting

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Northfield High School – Room H108

7:45 a.m.

Members Present: Ivy Johnson, Nate Dahlen, Ian Iverson, Steven Pfahning, Anna Pfefferle, Logan Regnier, Jorja Thompson, Chen Ye, Matt Irwin, Kindra Hurlbert, Daherik Agapito Romero,

Members Not Present: Jane Carlson, George  Zuccolotto, Scout Gregerson

I. Clothing Drive Debrief:

  • There was a total of 8 bags.
  • The signs made to advertise were spectacular.
  • The multiple announcements made throughout the week helped spread the word.

II. Promoting Youth Awareness:

  • Everything about the City Council meetings (i.e. minutes) are online, on air on the radio, and the meetings are streamed live online.
  • MYC needs to start using these resources.
  • Use information from the City Council and narrow down the information in a language all students can understand.
  • Use Facebook to bring readers to the blog.

III. Youth Survey:

  • Piggy back on with the survey in September.
  • MYC needs to talk with Leer about making our own short survey.
  • This survey is intended to guide MYC into the 2013-2014 year.

IV. Tasks:

  • Recycle application for the grants.
  • Need to assign meeting to look over applications.
  • (Grants before the 100 Best Communities)
  • Ian writes informative blog article for the youth

 

Next meeting: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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