Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council Attends Youth Intervention Summit
Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (PIC) attended the Youth Intervention Summit on March 22, 2019. PIC Youth Career Pathway Navigators Ethan Mattson and Renae Jenniges and Disability Resource Coordinator Leah Hastad were in attendance at the Summit.
Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan spoke about her work in Youth Intervention and her continued support of the work organizations like YIPA and SW MN PIC do. Representative Heather Edelson also spoke. She is the sponcer of legislation that provides funding to groups like YIPA and PIC during our current legislative session and budget year.
Leah Hastad, Disability Resource Coordinator with SW MN PIC stated “It was inspiring to hear from current leaders and learn how they benefited from programs similar to the ones we offer locally when they were youth themselves.”
YIPA organized the Youth Intervention Summit. “It was so exciting to see youth and youth-serving programs from around Minnesota unite to promote Youth Intervention. We need everyone to understand that if we don’t help our youth, we pay so much more for their Adult Intervention sooner or later,” said Paul Meunier, the Executive Director of YIPA.
Youth Intervention programs provide long-term social and economic benefits to Southwest Minnesota by helping youth become self-sufficient adults. Research shows these programs help youth:
• Do better in school with homework, grades and attendance.
• Improve their decision-making, goal-setting and problem-solving skills.
• Develop a pro-social attitude.
• Stay out of the juvenile justice system.
About The SW MN Private Industry Council
SW MN PIC is a non-profit organization which provides employment and training services to residents in a 14-county area of Southwestern Minnesota, as a partner of CareerForce. By building a world-class workforce in the communities served, the goal is to create a culture of dignity and respect for all residents. A major focus area of PIC’s work is to provide job skills training and employment opportunities to youth, many of whom are identified as at-risk. PIC staff work in area high schools, host career and job fairs, and conduct special workshops to help youth gain the knowledge and experience needed to obtain and keep steady employment.
By: John Stenen
Jane Welsh, the wife of John Welsh and daughter of the famous Scottish preacher and Reformer, was told by officers in authority, “If you will use your influence to persuade your husband to deny his faith in Christ, his life would be spared.” At the time, her husband was in prison for his faith. Jane was wearing an apron at the time that this was said to her, and grabbing both corners she held it up as a receptacle, saying, “I would rather catch his head in this apron, than that he or I should renounce my Savior.”
This incident took place some four hundred and fifty years ago. No wonder Christians who truly love our Lord Jesus today can sing with pride, “Faith Of Our Fathers.” Think of the many, who willingly gave their lives over the centuries rather than deny Christ. They are safely with Jesus today.
Even in our day of ‘Enlightenment,’ consider the multitudes of Christians who have been slaughtered, crucified, be-headed, drowned, etc. rather than deny Christ. What if that choice was presented to you and I – what choice would we make? Would we, like those written of by Titus who said, “Many profess to know Him (Christ), but in works they deny Him, being abominable and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” (Titus 1:16). Or would we say, “Then take my life, for I love the Lord my God with all my heart, all my soul, and with all my mind, and I shall never deny my Lord.” (Mt. 22:37)
Murray County Central Prom 2019
Murray County Central’s 2019 Prom will be held on Saturday, April 27th.The theme this year is “Midnight in Paris”.The prom attendees are chauffeured throughout the night and will begin the evening by dining at the Silverberg building with the meal being prepared by The Plaid Moose.After dining they will proceed to the MCC Central gymnasium for the Grand March.The public is invited to attend the Grand March beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Central gym.The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. with a $1.00 cover charge.After the Grand March there will be a few minutes to take photos.The dance will be held in the Central gym from 9:00 – 11:45 with Jimmy Carlson and Andy Garza providing the music.
After the dance, the prom attendees will be enjoying the post prom festivities in the auditorium and new gymnasium hosted by the junior parents.A large variety of fun activities are planned including a hypnotist, Toxic Drop Obstacle Course, Body Bumper Balls, yard dice, Giant Jenga, Sit and Grin Photo Booth, volleyball, food, and more!A big “Thank You” goes out to everyone who helps make this a safe and lasting memory for our young students.We would also like to thank all of the businesses that support the post-prom activity, the volunteers who chauffeur the attendees, and the junior parents.Without your support this activity could not take place.
Prom advisors are:Erika Lieser, Kim DeLong, James Wajer, and Mark Carlson.
Plant A Pizza Garden And More
SLAYTON, Minn. 4/9/2019 – While you can’t really plant a pizza, you can plant some of the pizza ingredients!To prove it, kids are invited to join the pizza garden at the Slayton Community Garden site on Tuesday mornings this summer.
Kids third through sixth grade are invited to learn about gardening and healthy eating. This year the first meeting will be after school on Tuesday, May 21, 3:45 p.m.Pizza gardeners will get to plant early crops like lettuce, onions, and radishes in our raised bed.After that, the regular time will be Tuesday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. beginning June 4.Gardeners will plant tomatoes, peppers, broccoli and other plants and seeds including a few flowers. There will be an “end of the summer pizza party” using the produce. All young gardeners are welcome; no experience is necessary.
There is no cost to participate but registration is required by turning in the flyer distributed through local schools, calling the Murray County Extension Office at 507-836-6927, or stopping at the Office in the Courts Building. Participation is encouraged for the first session on May 21 but not required. The rain or weather date is set for May 28. Be sure to register by May 15.Registration is limited with a minimum of 10 needed. The pizza garden is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension, Murray County 4-H, and Murray County Master Gardeners.
SUMMER CAMP COSTS TO BE COVERED FOR MURRAY COUNTY STUDENTS
BROOKLYN PARK, MN – The KAHR Foundation has signed on to sponsor up to 20 Murray County high school students to attend BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) business and leadership camp this summer. The first 20 students to apply will receive this full sponsorship, which covers the cost of the application fee, housing, meals, and all program materials and activities. These students will also receive a $75 stipend to offset travel expenses, disbursed upon completion of the program. Space is extremely limited, but spots are being held until May 6 for these sponsorship recipients.
Minnesota Business Venture is a week-long residential program that provides high school students with real-world skills, offering a rare opportunity to learn about career options, develop financial literacy and workplace skills, cushion their resumes for college applications, and experience college life by living on a campus.
Students from across Minnesota work in small teams to develop an imaginary product and business plan to then present to a panel of judges, Shark Tank-style. Throughout the week, students also take part in mock interviews, experience career options, meet with a financial planner, sharpen networking skills, and attend breakout sessions led by industry experts. Students leave camp feeling more confident and prepared for their futures, with increased leadership, teamwork, and presentation skills.
“MBV provides the perfect summer opportunity for students to explore college and a variety of careers, form valuable connections, and gain invaluable leadership experience in a fun and challenging environment. As the week goes on, it’s incredible to watch how quickly the students flourish and grow,” shared BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture Program Manager, Jonathan Filzen.
Minnesota Business Venture offers two sessions and locations for students to choose from: July 7-12, 2019 at the University of St. Thomas (session now closed) and July 21-26 at St. John’s University (limited space available). Applications are currently being accepted from Minnesota high school and home school students interested in attending. Additional scholarships are available to students in need. Students or parents can obtain an application and sponsorship information by contacting BestPrep at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at bestprep.org/mbv. BestPrep expects 400 students from over 100 Minnesota high schools to attend one of the two sessions this summer.