Author Archives: Linda Remsburg

Celebrating 20 years of building youth assets

Here at GLCYD, we are always looking for reasons to celebrate, and this year we have an especially good one: 2017 marks our 20th year of building youth assets in Marquette and Alger Counties based on the Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors survey.

Here’s what makes this anniversary worth celebrating: When we look at the survey results over the years, the data shows a gradual increase in the average number of Developmental Assets® our young people have. Assets are those experiences, skills and qualities that help young people develop in healthy, positive ways.

Over the same period, the number of youth participating in risk-taking behaviors such as substance use has decreased significantly. We’re not talking slight, token differences; the data shows sizable decreases in areas such as drinking and tobacco use.

Woohoo! That’s exactly what we were hoping for in 1997! The community began using data to guide and focus its efforts to support youth, and it has paid off. Kudos to the organizations and individuals who have embraced positive youth development and helped build a culture of support for our youth!

You can see more of the latest survey results in the Marquette and Alger 2016 Youth Asset Report. The report has a special insert, 20 Years of Asset Building, that shows in more depth how the youth environment has changed since 1997.

Though our work is not done—far from it—it’s important to acknowledge how far we’ve come. To that end, we’re co-hosting a celebration with the U.P. Children’s Museum, an asset-rich community gem that’s been right beside us along this 20-year run. The Friends and Family Reunion is Wednesday, July 26, 5:30-7:30 at the museum.

Join us, and we’ll celebrate together!

Graduation and alcohol don’t mix

High school graduation will soon be here. With graduation come open houses and other parties. With parties often comes drinking. I’d like to remind all community members to be extra vigilant this time of year to keep our young people safe and healthy by keeping alcohol out of their hands. Some parents may be tempted… Continue Reading

Little Ukulele Makes Mighty Impact

Little Ukulele Makes Mighty Impact

What do ukuleles, the U.P. and kids have in common? If you answered “Yooper Uke Week,” give yourself a point. If you answered “They all hold a special place in Linda’s heart,” give yourself two. Hiawatha Music Co-op recently sponsored the second annual Yooper Uke Week which celebrates the small, but mighty, ukulele which has… Continue Reading

EQ + IQ = Success

We all know what IQ stands for, right? It’s short for Intelligence Quotient, a measure of our cognitive and intellectual intelligence. But how about EQ? This lesser-known acronym stands for Emotional Quotient, a measure of our emotional intelligence. At a pre-holiday in-service training for GLCYD staff, we learned all about emotional intelligence or EI, for… Continue Reading

Youth on Nonprofit Boards

With a name like Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that our organization has young people on its board of directors. However, you might be surprised to know just how much our youth board members contribute. Out of 15 board members, currently three are under age 18. The… Continue Reading

Spreading Youth Development Awesome Sauce, One Giant Octopus at a Time

Spreading Youth Development Awesome Sauce, One Giant Octopus at a Time

I saw the coolest story on the NBC News the other night. It was about the three Bartz brothers, ages 17 to 21, from New Brighton, Minnesota who build a giant snow sculpture each year in front of their family’s home. They recently put in over 500 hours together creating an octopus whose icy tentacles… Continue Reading