We’re collaborating on nearly 20 local initiatives, convening like-minded organizations and providing support that allows them to further leverage their resources for their programs that benefit youth.
How We Support Our Programs
We Share Knowledge
With 22 years of experience and up-to-date information about national youth development trends, initiatives and evidence-based practices, HCI is well-equipped to offer advice and training to organizations that serve and engage youth.
We Make Connections and Establish Meetings
Our deep understanding of the youth service landscape allows us to make meaningful connections with partners and prospective partners. And when meetings take place, we work with hosting organizations to set the agenda, facilitate the meetings, take the minutes and map out the next steps to ensure progress and accountability.
We Write and Report Grants
HCI has an excellent track record of identifying and securing grant funding for youth-based programs. And we’ve never met a funder that doesn’t appreciate our close attention to detail in the reporting process. Since 2005, we have secured more than $7,000,000 in grants from outside the community to benefit local youth efforts.
We Help Track and Evaluate Effectiveness
In collaboration with our program partners, we identify objectives, develop systems to collect meaningful program data, implement evaluations to measure impact, and produce data-driven evaluation reports for stakeholders and funders.
We Build Capacity
By providing infrastructure support – collaborating on administrative services, sharing office space, serving as a fiscal agent and/or staffing programs with HCI employees – we allow like-minded initiatives to steadily grow focus on their mission-driven programs that benefit youth.
We Help Implement Activities
We don’t shy away from rolling up our sleeves and getting to work. We will do whatever we can to see that goals are achieved and that youth – and our community – thrive.
Programs We Support
Dollars and $ense
Provides financial literacy education and sponsors a matched college savings program for low-income Northfield youth.
Providing an evidence-based alternative court approach for individuals facing prison time related to their substance use issues.
Faribault Community School
Providing a common place for the community to gather, learn, and grow, we hope to help build a stronger, safer, and healthier Faribault.
Greenvale Park Community School
A community hub, open mornings and evenings, that provides programming for over 500 children, families and the wider community.
Growing Up Healthy
Enhancing community connectedness and developing leadership among five low-income, immigrant and refugee neighborhoods within Rice County.
Human Rights Commission
Helping ensure all Northfielders have equal opportunity in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, public services and education.
A referral center connecting newcomers and community members with local resources available in English and Spanish.
Mayor's Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use
A city board that raises awareness about youth substance use and makes recommendations for interventions to reduce youth drug and alcohol use.
Working to reduce the rates of Latino/a pregnancy in Rice County and improve Latino student-school engagement and connectedness.
Northfield Mentoring Coalition
Promotes youth mentoring and connects community members with local opportunities through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota, Connected Kids, Mainstreet Mentors and Project Friendship.
A collective impact initiative to achieve community-level change for children and youth growing up in Northfield.
A youth-run grant-making initiative that provides nearly $30,000 in funds annually to projects that are led by youth.
Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative
Increasing the involvement of low-income youth in local sports associations and providing over 300 scholarships annually.
Take It To The Box
Prescription drug takeback program that collects more than 2,000 pounds of medications annually through boxes in the local police stations.
Tri-City Bridges to the Future
Supporting high school graduation and career pathways for over 100 youth facing multiple risk factors in Northfield, Faribault and Red Wing.
Rice County Chemical Health Coalition
Striving to reduce youth alcohol and drug use through prevention activities and intervention services throughout Rice County.
Rice County Mental Health Collective
Convening a coalition to shift the system of mental health care in Rice County from a primarily medical model to a public health model.
Youth working to expand Northfield’s permanent skateboard park to build and strengthen our community.
Improving high school graduation and postsecondary participation rates of over 400 Northfield youth in grades 6–12 who are low-income, students of color and/or potential first-generation college attendees.
Learn About HCI
Now that you’ve seen all the programs we support, learn more about HCI.