Healthy Community Initiative

Thriving Youth. Thriving Community.


Our Impact

Community Impact

Through collaboration and partnerships with dozens of wonderful organizations, Healthy Community Initiative’s investments of dollars, time and knowledge have made a real difference in the lives of young people in the Rice County area.

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Securing Grants

In the past 16 years, HCI has helped bring in nearly $18 million in grants from outside Rice County to benefit local youth and families

Closing Graduation Gaps

TORCH (Northfield) and RISE (Faribault) collectively served 500+ students in grades 6-12 who are low-income, students of color, and/or potential first-generation college attendees

Involving the Community

Across its initiatives, HCI staff and volunteers provided 102,842 direct contacts with youth and families during 2020 – ranging from academic advising to connecting families with resources

Disposing of Old Medication

The Take It To The Box program has safely collected and disposed of more than 29,000 pounds of unneeded medication since 2009

Engaging Youth

Supported 93 high school students serving on 24 different boards and commissions through Northfield Youth on Boards; launching Faribault effort in 2021

Providing Food

Distributed over 200,000 pounds of food to Rice County families in need during the pandemic, through the partnership of Growing Up Health and the Community Action Center

Working with Families

Engaged 2,423 youth and 482 adults in programming at three HCI-supported full-service community schools – Greenvale Park Elementary (Northfield) and Jefferson Elementary and Faribault Middle School (Faribault)

Improving Graduation Rates

100% of the TORCH Class of 2020 graduated on time – even amid the pandemic; 98.9% high school graduation rate for TORCH students over the past 15 years

Report to the Community

Read our latest Report to the Community to learn about HCI’s initiatives and how we are building communities that support and improve the lives of youth.

View Our Reports