Author Archives: Linda Remsburg

Graduation and alcohol don’t mix

High school graduation will soon be here. And with graduation come open houses and other parties. And 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 to let teens have “just one drink,”—especially since they’re in a “safe” place with adults around. But when it comes to the developing brain of children and teens, there is no safe place for alcohol.

Science shows the human brain is not fully developed before the age of 21 and is far more prone to addiction. In fact, 90 percent of people who struggle with addiction started using before age 21.

Ninety percent. Nine out of 10.

If we can keep our young people from drinking before 21, it can make the difference between a future filled with the struggles of addiction and one full of success and accomplishment.

And really, what better gift could we give our graduates?

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