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Summit Academy partners with Minnesota DNR; builds camper cabins

Summit Academy partners with Minnesota DNR; builds camper cabins

The Camper Cabin Production in Red Wing, MN is now on the Summit Academy campus.

Hennepin County Sentencing to Service (STS) Homes and Summit Academy celebrated the first jointly built camper cabin for state parks.  An ice cream social was held at Summit Academy OIC, 935 Olson Memorial Highway, to celebrate completion of the first Department of Natural Resources (DNR) camper cabin built through a new partnership between the Hennepin County STS Homes Program and Summit Academy OIC.

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2012 NWSISD Step-Up Summit

2012 NWSISD Step-Up Summit

Pictured: 2012 Step-Up participating students

The second annual Northwest Suburban Integration School District Step-Up Summit for eighth grade boys was held June 18-22, 2012 at the University of St. Thomas downtown Minneapolis campus.  Approximately 45 students from five NWSISD member districts attended the summit.  The intensive educational experience helped prepare participants for high school by focusing on four key educational concepts: Aspirations, Expectations, Opportunities and Achievement.

Each day began with a keynote speaker that stressed the importance of education as a way of maintaining control over one’s future.  Participants then spent the morning participating in classroom activities focused on introspection, learning how culture shapes expectations, setting goals for the upcoming school year and creating plans that will assist them in accomplishing those goals. 

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Youth Development League motivates youth to excellence

Youth Development League motivates youth to excellence

Some people gain inspiration from their childhood difficulties and overcome their environments, subsequently reaching back to help others with similar backgrounds.

Such is the case of Joyce Lester, the executive director of the Youth Development League (YDL), a non-profit program of the Metro Education and Outreach Services (MEOS) agency, which seeks to cultivate youth by introducing them to their world of possibilities. Metro Education and Outreach Services is located in St. Paul at 245 N. Ruth St., Ste. 107.

Pictured: Instructor Kwame Collins, former YDL participant.

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What Black parents must do this summer

What Black parents must do this summer

There is a 3 year gap between Black and white students. Many people love to believe it’s due to income, fatherlessness, educational attainment of the parent and lack of parental involvement. I believe that a major reason for the gap is that we continue to close school for the summer - as if we were an agrarian economy. And I doubt that many Black youth will be farming this summer. If you multiply 3 months by 12 years you will see the 3 year gap. It is my opinion that Black youth would have fewer academic challenges if their schools remained open during the summer and/or their parents kept them academically engaged.

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Bill Cosby supports charter school movement at national conference

Bill Cosby supports charter school movement at national conference

Educators from around the country descended upon Minneapolis this past week to celebrate 20 years of charter schools in the United States.

Pictured: Deborah Kenny, founder of Harlem Villages Academies talks with Dr. Bill Cosby about improving education through charter schools. 

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) held its four-day conference in the city with aims on improving education and learning strategies for the nation’s children.

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STEP-UP program employs 1,850 youths this summer

STEP-UP program employs 1,850 youths this summer


Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak visited six STEP-UP interns today who are gaining in-depth skills and experience at Agosto, an international high-tech firm based in the city.

Pictured: Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak visits STEP-UP Achieve Minneapolis Interns at Agosto. Back row, left to right: Agosto CEO Aric Bandy, Intern Eros, Mayor Rybak, STEP UP Achieve Minneapolis Director Jeremiah Brown, Agosto SVP Sales and Co-Founder Rick Erickson, Minneapolis City Council Member Don Samuels. Front row, left to right: Intern Claire, Intern Erica, Intern Hafsa.

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NdCAD receives large gift from unlikely donor

NdCAD receives large gift from unlikely donor

Gevonee Ford, the executive director of the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD) was recently surprised by a tall, lanky high school senior who said that he had a rare opportunity to give a gift to the Network.

The young man introduced himself as DaKarai Davison from St. Agnes High School. He did not say he was the same DaKarai Davison who wears basketball jersey Number 33, averaging 16 points and nine rebounds per game as guard for the Aggies. No, the 6’3” Davison simply said he had researched NdCAD and was very impressed with all NdCAD has in place for youth of African descent and their families including tutoring, workshops, Saturday STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)School, free books and passion for children.

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