Kids

Mentor Duluth

35 down ... 165 to go.

Mentor Duluth's March Into Mentoring campaign netted them four more mentors than their goal of 35.

And that's exciting news, since around 200 kids are on a waiting list for a mentor, where they've been for a few months to a few years.

And the organization, founded in 1938 as the "Fatherless Boys Association" when most boys' fathers were away serving in World War II, is still looking for men as mentors, noting that boys wait on average twice as long for mentors as girls.

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Lee Stuart says two things over and over: housing first and kids don't choose to be poor.

The executive director of CHUM  is thinking of the 80 kids and their families housed at the Steve O'Neil Apartments, families that experienced long-term homelessness before finding a home at the  permanent supportive housing complex.

Camp Bong

Feb 17, 2016
Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

  A fresh approach to learning will take place this Friday when children and their parents camp overnight at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior, the first overnight program at the museum.  Camp Bong is for kids ranging from grade 3 to grade 8, and will include a range of activities and discussions with veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

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Seatbelts, more responsible behaviour and a decline in drug abuse boosted Minnesota to #1 in the latest Kids Count report* ... and the state achieved that ranking even though the child poverty rate increased to 14%.  Trouble is, the child poverty rate nationally has increased even more dramatically.  So although there is something to celebrate with this latest report, it doesn't tell the whole story.

Kate Horvath is planning a busy summer. 

She finally found time to act in a show herself (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, opening June 4 at the Duluth Playhouse) but she'll be spending most of her time teaching.  "Acting camps" run for a week, and students from 5 to 14 have a chance to take their star turn in a play.

But for the kids Kate terms "hardcore," there are the "theater intensives": a month's worth of planning, designing, building, casting, costuming - and eventually - putting on a show.

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Outdoor enthusiast and dad Tom O'Rourke (he's also the executive director of the Hartley Nature Center) says there's a way to plan, survive and even enjoy camping trips with your kids.  Spoiler alert: minimalism is not always a good thing, a little free-range parenting IS a good thing,  and never use the word "hiking"!

The Safe and Supportive Schools act was signed into law in April of 2014 and now the conversation is turning to, not only ways to protect the victims, but the appropriate way to deal with their harassers. Duluth Mayor Don Ness has launched the Mayor's Campaign to End Bullying and other conversations are taking place about the bullies themselves.

This week listen for great art project ideas for the kids. Long-time pre-school and art teacher Shirley Morton joins us to share crafty ideas for kids home on winter break.

12/18 Radio Gallery: Shirley Morton