Served as liaison to the local cities serviced by this nationally recognized your service project of the Northland Foundation, Duluth Minnesota.
Piloted assets building programs that served more than 350 student each year through the KIDS PLUS model. Initiated more than 100+ training and service learning projects with over 932 local youths age 6 to 24.
Organized, built and led a drop-in youth center that is recognized by regional foundations and state agencies as an outstanding assets building model annually serving 435+ at-risk youth from 10 rural communities through mentoring, youth leadership, and service learning opportunities.
Applied for and received grants totaling $358,000 from 15 sources, including a grant from the Minnesota Department of Children Families and Learning. Secured resources to build a 12-station computer laboratory, plus computer training to more than 350 youth.
Organized and ran a variety of community wide programs and celebrations serving more than 2,000 youths and adults. Build partnerships with funding agencies, state departments, foundations, and corporate giving programs, cities and school districts and community organizations toward the goal of transforming the image of youth from a problem to an asset.
Secured the funding that moved the origin youth board advisory committee to a fully functioning board of directors; developed and managed an annual budget that grew from $5,000 per year to $91,819; designed volunteer program that saw volunteers increasing from 5 to 105 per year.
Northern Industrial Erectors, Inc. Co/owner. General office duties and kept all payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, ordered and received shipments, tool crib inventory, and generated progress reports for quarterly billing cycles.
On Campus - Acquainted students with basic computer operations and problem solving techniques. Programs: Word Perfect, Lotus 123, Dbase, Dos, Desktop Publishing also worked with Harvard Graphics, Apple, ICC network system and printers. Troubleshooting between students, instructors and their new manuals.
Off Campus - Adult classroom training, plus specialized computer training that required I learn to use the EPSS and MOPS systems on the plant floor the Blandin Paper Company. Field work for Minnesota Power.
Initiated and led a case study focused on the cultural and organizational structure of Greater Cleveland Community Shares. Fundraising projects completed during this study included a "Dear Colleague" campaign letter raising $68,000 from Case Western Reserve University and $4,000 from Judson Manor. Staff were given insurance and health benefits after my paper was shared with the board.
Served as a trustee who worked closely with the president to organize records, we rewrote by-laws and reunified our neighborhood with fair practices and policies. Designed an Association Homeowners Guide. As Secretary Treasurer organized financial records, set up new bookkeeping system, applied for neighborhood grants, paid taxes. As President coordinated annual meetings, picnics and neighborhood newsletters. I served until I termed out.
Organized financial records, reinstated state charters, updated 501 (C) 3 paperwork. Tracked fundraising efforts, paid bills, generated financial reports.
Designed and led a study that looked at the organizational structure of Shore Cultural Center as a viable community center. Interviewed tenants, community participates, students, and end users to compile verifiable data which was presented to the City of Euclid ultimately leading the city to keep the building open to date.Raised $36,000 to pay for a study to determine the viability of Shore as a Community Center.
Organized and lead fundraisers for the following organizations within the building: Euclid Symphony Orchestral Performances, designed ads, assisted with seating, ticketing, fundraising events.
Silhouette Productions, a community theater company; designed ads and created programs for 4-5 productions, ending 2014.
Harvest Festival I & II designed booklet, created ads, printed in-house programs raising $10,000.
Worked through the strategic planning process with the Department of Children and Family's to identify assessable community services for the residents of the city of Euclid and surrounding neighborhoods aimed at supporting children and their care givers foster care or through adoption. HELPE
Developed a comprehensive plan through strategic analysis, environmental scan, SWOT analysis and organizational assessment. Development of the mission, vision and values, goals and action steps.
WCCO Documentary, "Broken Promises" 1998, Minneapolis, Mn.
Awarded certificates of recognitions from the Northland Foundation's KIDS PLUS initiative. 1994-2000
Nominated - Lewis Hine Award for Service to Children and Youth, National Child Labor Committee, 1999
America's Promise, Communities of Promise Award 1998-2000.
Selected for Blandin Community Leadership Program, Blandin Foundation, Grand Rapids, MN. 1998
Youth and Philanthropy Training and Board Development 2000
Cultural Diversity Undoing Racism Retreat, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN. 1998-99.
Statewide Youth Entrepreneurship Conference, Mankato, MN 1999.
Search Institute's 40 Assets Trainers Program 1997-2000.
Minnesota Alliance with Youth, Fulfilling America's Promise, Statewide Summit. Presenter 1999.
Telling Your Story, Communications Workshop, Blandin Foundation, 1998.
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