Help support HCI's efforts to empower youth, strengthen families, and build community!

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) works behind the scenes in support of successful programs like TORCH, Take It to The Box, Accelerate Northfield, the Mayor’s Youth Council and many, many more.

Over the past nine years, HCI has helped to bring in over $4.5 million in state and federal grants to make a difference for our kids, and HCI has been recognized statewide and nationally for our collaborative approach to local issues.

Your tax-deductible donation can make a difference and leave a legacy that will make the health and well-being of our children our first priority both today and tomorrow.

Here are a few of HCI’s success stories:

  • The Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) initiative has expanded this year to serve more than 450 Northfield youth in grades 6-12! Since TORCH began, Northfield’s graduation rate for Latino students has climbed from 36 percent seven years ago to more than 90 percent today. Young people who previously considered dropping out of school are now graduating from high school and pursuing postsecondary education.
  • Northfield's PRIMEtime out-of-school-time network was recognized by the National League of Cities as one of 27 outstanding collaboratives nationwide. PRIMEtime provides free after-school and summer programs to more than 1,100 Northfield youth each year. Evaluations show that young people in these programs are doing better in school and feel more connected to our community.
  • More than 11,000 pounds of medication have been collected locally through the Take It to The Box program, which started in Rice Counity and has been replicated in dozens of communities across the state.

Because it does not run specific programs, HCI is uniquely positioned to help build bridges between groups and to pull partners together to look strategically at community issues and solutions. Consequently, HCI has been repeatedly trumpeted as a champion for youth organizations in the community, able to provide the extensive support and connections that these groups need to further their work, but are unable to do themselves.

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