Youth Engagement

Israel Baltazar

“I am currently a junior at St. Olaf College majoring in biology and studio art. My time working alongside HCI not only facilitated college registration, but it also cultivated the confidence I needed to continue my education after graduating high school. I am forever grateful for the support I received from HCI.”

Our community is stronger when young people have seats at our decision-making tables. Through two innovative programs – YouthBank and Youth on Boards – local youth have their voices heard and are actively engaged in civic life.


Northfield YouthBank is a youth-run grant-making initiative that provides more than $25,000 in funds annually to projects that are led by local youth.
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Northfield offers a unique opportunity for youth to get involved in local government, make change, and have a voice. Opportunities include:

  • The Mayor’s Youth Council, which works with the Mayor and the City Council of Northfield to identify issues important to Northfield young people and help design and implement solutions.
  • The District Youth Council, which gathers and provides youth input to the Northfield Public Schools and Northfield School Board
  • City of Northfield Boards and Commissions
  • Nonprofit Boards

Links for Youth on Board Students:

If you have questions about YouthBank or Youth on Boards, please contact Meleah Follen, Youth Engagement Director for Healthy Community Initiative, at