TORCH is featured this month on the LearnMoreMN blog. Check it out here and leave a comment! We’d love to hear from you!
TORCH is currently updating and reorganizing for the upcoming school year! If you have any gently used furniture (tables, couches, chairs, rugs, etc) and are interested in helping TORCH create a more comfortable, welcoming space for the growing cohort, please contact:
Beth Berry, Current High School Coordinator
Kim Horner, Incoming High School Co-Coordinator
Teddy Gelderman, Incoming High School Co-Coordinator
Check out this link, or the summary below!
TORCH will be organizing more information for interested students in the future.
Check back for updates!
The MN Dream Act will:
* Allow students to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities if they meet certain requirements, regardless of their immigration status.
* Make state higher education aid available to all students who meet residency requirements, regardless of immigration status.
* Allow public institutions (MnSCU and the University of Minnesota) to use private funding as financial aid for all students, regardless of immigration status.
* Create a MN financial aid application specifically for these Minnesota students that delinks the Federal and state financial aids.
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Juan Carlos is a 2012 graduate of Northfield High School. As a student, Juan Carlos was a part of the TORCH program, he participated in the Summer PLUS program as a mentor for Northfield youth, and performed as a member of the West Side Story production.
Currently Juan Carlos is attending St. Paul College. He is pursuing his A.A.S. in Culinary Arts. Recently, Juan Carlos was the chef for the TORCH Winter Walk dinner, held at the Northfield Armory. Juan Carlos prepared Esquites for over 200 community members, and helped raise over $1200 for TORCH scholarships.
Jhosi is a senior at Northfield High School. She has been a member of TORCH for 6 years. Currently she is co-chair of the HCI Youth Advisory Board, a member of the TORCH Youth Advisory Board, a LINK leader at Northfield High School, a mentor in Youth Teaching Youth, and a PSEO student working to earn college credit during high school. Jhosi has also volunteered at PLUS summer programming, been a mentor for Connected Kids, and volunteered at Northfield’s Turkey Distribution, Christmas Sharing, and Thursday’s Table.
When asked about a favorite experience, Jhosi points to her time with kids in the Youth Teaching Youth program. “I really enjoy doing Youth Teaching Youth. This is the 3rd year I’ll be doing it,” she said. “I really like having that interaction with kids and helping them out.”
After graduation, Jhosi plans to attend Rochester Community and Technical College to earn a degree in Medical Interpreting. While working as an interpreter, she hopes to return to school and become a pediatric nurse.
Yesterday, TORCH was featured on Minnesota Public Radio! The story, titled “Northfield Program Shrinks the Achievement Gap,” was aired on All Things Considered. Interviews include TORCH High School Program Director Beth Berry, Faribault’s CAST Program Director Martha Schultz, Carleton College’s Director of Academic Civic Engagement Adrienne Falcon, and Northfield High School seniors Jhosi Martinez and Frank Calvario. Click here to go to the story on the MPR website.
Every December, TORCH students volunteer at Christmas Sharing. This event, hosted by the Community Action Center, distributes hundreds of gifts to area children and families. Last year, they provided gifts for 866 children!
This year, 14 TORCH students have volunteered their time to help make this event possible. TORCH volunteers include alumni: Pablo Orozco, seniors: Frank Calvario, Cristian Lozada, and Jhosi Martinez, juniors: Preston Robinson, Helen Forsythe, and Yovany Herrera, sophomores: Nicte-Ha Calvario, Luis Dominguez, Avea Halverson, Gregorio Leon, Leslie Rodriguez-Vazquez, Adilene Valeriano, and Giselle Vazquez.
Successful Night at
Soup for Scholarships
Thank you to everyone who supported our first Soup for Scholarships All Community Winter Dinner! We had a wonderfully festive and busy night, serving over 200 Northfield community members and raising over $1200 for scholarships that will benefit low-income, minority, and first-generation college-bound students at Northfield High School.
Special thanks to the following organizations, groups and individuals:
Carleton College Facilities Management
Juan Carlos Hernandez
Mary Williams and the NHS Brass Quintet
Northfield High School and Middle School Staff and Teachers
Northfield High School Special Education Department
TORCH Alumni and Current Students