Our Mission: To support the adults and youth in Hastings, MN to measure, and then increase the developmental ecologies (webs of support) of their children and teens.

By awakening a network of adults who are sympathetic to, and supportive of, the developmental needs of kids, we will teach and coach them to provide the protective factors that their kids need to succeed.

We have been working alongside community leaders, (school board, school leaders, the Mayor, City Council, Rotarians, the Ministerial Alliance, Youth Program leaders, etc.) as well as the youth themselves to reduce barriers, and to garner their permissions and financial support.

We continue to connect, bond with, support, teach, and coach a group of youth and adult promoters and advocates to lead the initiative. We have gathered over 2300 inputs from nearly one thousand Hastings citizens for their book titled “Helping Kids Succeed – The Hastings Way.” (The book is a simple tool that allows adults, around their kitchen tables, to measure the developmental ecology of their kids.)

We will print no less than 5,000 copies of the book, and disseminate it throughout the community. We will use the book to guide workshops, guide policy adjustments, direct programs and practices, align financial resources, and create a community wide dialogue on “are we doing what matters most for our kids.”

We will encourage increasing numbers of adults to measure the supports (protective factors) a young person has in his/her life, and chart their progress toward student achievement, caring and connected sub-communities, and the increase in health and well being.

Within 18 months the Hastings youth development initiative will be a viable, expanding movement. Each youth and adult action team will have made at least 12 presentations. Collected data will begin to lay the foundation for the Hastings Student Support Card. We will have the tools for youth to self assess their level of support (developmental ecology). Teams will foster small group dialogue concerning the shared responsibility for educating, supporting, and guiding children and youth.

Youth and Adults teams will develop and implement an adaptive plan for how to sustain the initiative. As a result of the initiative, at least two youth oriented organizations will have adjusted their policies and/or practices to support the Student Support Card. Finally, there will be strategies in place for adding new members of youth and adults to the continuation of this work.
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