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2013-14 Academy

On Saturday, May 17th, the Northland Foundation’s KIDS PLUS Youth Leadership Academy transformed an empty and desolate-looking lot at a Superior, WI, nonprofit organization into a beautiful outdoor area. It took many yards of dirt, trees, plants, and hours of labor, but the results are spectacular. The nonprofit, Memory Lane (Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency, Inc.) provides adult day services for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

raised garden bedThe 9th grade leaders and volunteer adult mentors also collected and donated items worth approximately $1,000 to the Solid Rock Safe Haven. As requested by Solid Rock, the donations included frequently needed supplies such as condiments for food preparation. Solid Rock is a homeless shelter for men and also a food shelf for those in need.

This enthusiastic group of students spent the past nine months honing their individual leadership abilities as well as building teamwork skills. Their efforts are guided by adult volunteers from the two communities.

project workThanks to the generosity of both businesses and individuals, 50 young people are able to participate in the Youth Leadership Academy each year. The local community also rallies in support of the service project day with both monetary and in-kind donations. The students, mentors, nonprofit project day recipients, and Northland Foundation deeply appreciate their support to make this program possible!

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