Category Archives: Positive Youth Development

Youth Building Assets in Dickinson and Iron Counties

Earlier this school year in Dickinson and Iron Counties the 18th Annual Youth Asset Celebration was held. This event was held to review the results of the Profiles of Student Life:  Attitudes and Behaviors survey from the Search Institute.  Students from six different schools from these counties, along with two from Northern Wisconsin, met to… Continue Reading

Teach Me a Thing or Two

When we hear the word “mentor,” I think most automatically assume that the mentor is older than the person being mentored. Wisdom and knowledge don’t automatically come with age and experience. Oh yes, I have had many mentors throughout my 55 years who were older than me. Looking back, the common trait possessed by these… 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

A Look at Mental Health – Part 2

Earlier this year, the Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula received a grant from the Michigan Health Fund Foundation to address the mental health needs of children and adolescents. CFUP will fund multiple projects for nonprofit organizations and schools to increase access to mental health services, connect schools and communities in expanding these services and… 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

Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award Applications Available

The Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award was created in honor of former GLCYD President and CEO, Judy Watson Olson.  The $500 award assists Upper Peninsula K-12 schools, teachers, or organizations with programs that help youth succeed academically. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 11, 2016. Award Criteria Applicants must be from Upper Peninsula… Continue Reading

Gogebic Range Youth Summit

Gogebic Range Youth Summit

Over 80 students and 20 adults from schools in Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties came together at the Gogebic Community College on October 28, 2015. The Ironwood Alternative High School worked with GLCYD and the Ironwood Carnegie Library to plan and host the event, which differed from the asset summit format. Similar to a conference, a… Continue Reading