How We Support Our Programs
We collaborate on more than 30+ initiatives in Rice County! We convene like-minded organizations and provide them with support, allowing them to further leverage their resources for programs that benefit youth and families.
We Share Knowledge
With over 30 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 Convene Meetings for Results
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 $2o million 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 and focus on their mission-driven programs that benefit youth and families.
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 communities – thrive.
Programs We Support
Early Childhood Navigators
Helping Faribault and Northfield families with young children overcome obstacles that prevent kindergarten readiness
Faribault Youth on Boards
Offering Faribault-area youth the unique opportunity to get involved in local government, make a change, and have a voice
Training and supporting a youth-run team that awards grants to projects led by Faribault youth
Faribault Youth Connect
Working together to increase youth participation after school and enhance youth program quality
Growing Up Healthy
Enhancing social connectedness and cultivating neighborhood leadership among low-income, immigrant, and refugee communities within Rice County
Championing healthy habits and lifestyles for children and families by providing educational and fun nutrition and physical activity programming
Investing In Youth Grants
Awarding mini grants to local grassroots projects that foster intergenerational connections and further connect young people to their communities
Mobile Opioid Support Team (MOST)
Helping individuals using or in recovery from opiate drug use by providing support and connections to community resources
Northfield Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention
Raising awareness about youth substance use and making recommendations for interventions to reduce drug and alcohol use
Northfield Community College Collaborative
Offering in-person and online community college classes, tutoring, career planning assistance, and other support to anyone who has graduated from high school or has a GED
Northfield Racial & Ethnic Equity Collaborative (NREEC)
Striving to build shared cultural competence, understand biases, and carry out the work of systems change in Northfield
Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative
Increasing the involvement of low-income youth in local sports associations and providing 300+ scholarships annually
Northfield Youth on Boards
Offering Northfield-area youth the unique opportunity to get involved in local government, make a change, and have a voice
Supporting high school graduation and career pathways for youth in Northfield and Faribault who are disconnected from education and employment
Promoting creative ways for families to learn through play, enhancing parenting skills, and helping children prepare for school
Focusing on power-sharing with youth to increase the number of students in Rice County who choose not to vape
Rice County PRIMEtime
Providing free out-of-school-time and summer enrichment programs for more than 2,000 Rice County youth
Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Coalition
Improving the chemical and mental health care systems in Rice County by addressing prevention, intervention, and treatment efforts
Rice County Family Services Collaborative
Supporting the availability of comprehensive services that enhance and strengthen functioning for families with children ages 0-18 years
Rice County Treatment Court
Providing an evidence-based alternative court approach for individuals facing prison time related to their substance use issues
Expanding Northfield’s permanent skateboard park to build and strengthen the community
Take It To The Box
Promoting the safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal of unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications in Rice County
Improving high school graduation and postsecondary participation rates of Northfield youth in grades 6-12 who are low-income, students of color, and/or potential first-generation college attendees
Partnering with the Northfield Area Family YMCA to provide transportation options to local youth-serving programs, helping kids and families get to activities
Learn About HCI
Now that you’ve seen all the programs we support, learn more about HCI.