Community Partners

TORCH is a collaborative initiative that relies on extensive in-kind support from its partners:

Northfield Public Schools is a great partner in the TORCH initiative. The school district provides TORCH office and classroom space in both the middle and high schools and assists with technology and professional development support. Northfield Public Schools also funds one of the TORCH Director positions.

Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) assists with the TORCH evaluation, data tracking, and grant reporting efforts. HCI also aids TORCH with its career exploration and college readiness programming.

Carleton College and St. Olaf College continue to provide college students to tutor and mentor TORCH participants during study halls, EL classes, and after school as volunteers and work-study students. These students also assist with ACT preparation for high school students. TORCH’s AmeriCorps Promise Fellows are often St. Olaf and Carleton graduates. 

The Northfield Middle School Youth Center continues to provide an after-school tutoring location for TORCH participants where students can receive homework help or other academic assistance.

TORCH is funded entirely by partner contributions, grants, and donations. TORCH is extremely grateful for all its financial supporters:

State of Minnesota through an Educational Partnerships Coalition Award to Northfield Promise

Minnesota Office of Higher Education – Intervention for College Attendance Program

Youth Intervention Program through Minnesota Office of Justice Programs (YIP)

Rice County Area United Way

Women In Northfield Giving Support (WINGS)

Northfield Public Schools

Northfield Shares

Healthy Community Initiative

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED Pathways to Prosperity Program)

St. John’s Lutheran Church of Northfield

Minnesota Alliance with Youth – AmeriCorps Promise Fellows Program

Northfield YouthBank

Otto Bremer Trust