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About the KIDS PLUS Program

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The Northland Foundation launched the KIDS PLUS Program in 1990 to promote the well-being of children and youth in northeastern Minnesota. KIDS PLUS is now a family of programs connecting with community members, funders, and others to nurture children from birth to adulthood. Current KIDS PLUS initiatives are:

KIDS PLUS Communities - 26 communities in northeastern Minnesota focusing assets and resources on the needs of children and youth

Youth Leadership Academy - developing, on average, 50 ninth grade leaders each year from Duluth, MN and Superior, WI

Youth in Philanthropy - a grant-making board of 16 youth from across the region awarding funding to youth-led projects

Pathway to Careers - a daylong hands-on career exploration day for high school students throughout the region

Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative - 12 community coalitions in the region, among 90 statewide focused on young children age 3 to grade 3

Thrive Initiative - the Duluth/Proctor/Hermantown Thrive action team focuses on strengthening the network of infant and early childhood mental health services in the region

KIDS PLUS Institute - delivering many training and convening events each year

AGE to age: bringing generations together - 13 sites in the region connecting older adults with youth for friendship and community enhancement

Parent Aware Pathways - supporting licensed child care providers in all 7 counties to participate in the statewide Parent Aware rating process

For more information, call or email Lynn Haglin, Vice President/KIDS PLUS Director, or Program Associates Jan Amys and Heidi St. John.