One2One Programming

When founder Stefan Van Voorst started One2One 10 years ago he had one goal in mind, facilitating intentional relationships. One2One is founded upon the belief that intentional relationships create change, and build communities “research shows that nearly every aspect of health and well-being improves for individuals and communities that are connected” (One2one.org). With this in mind, One2One began as a school-based mentor program that matched college students with 5th-9th graders in Brooklyn Park schools as a way to facilitate intentional one-on-one relationships and build connection.

Treasure & Joy
Naseeb & Anggi

While we had considerable success with our mentor-to-mentee model and the goal to facilitate intentional relationships remains the same, the Covid-19 pandemic and social injustices occurring in our communities has had a major impact on us all but especially on our youth. Because of this, One2One thought that we should adapt our model to better meet the expanding needs of our youth. We began this transition when we brought in our five Changemakers over the summer and provided them with the tools and resources to successfully facilitate conversations and cultivate intentional relationships with their peers. With the knowledge they gained, our changemakers helped us facilitate several consensus workshops with their peers from various Minneapolis / St. Paul neighborhoods on the topics of public safety and community values.

Workshop with students from Bethel University on Community Values

The overwhelming positive response from our summer workshop participants on their experiences encouraged us to head into the 2021-22 school year with a new peer-to-peer model. This model focuses on building intentional relationships between the youth and their peers and within their communities. We noticed that when we focus on building and strengthening the relationships the younger generations have with one another, their connections have real power to dismantle the barriers that divide us.

Now, One2One is currently in the process of implementing a program using the new peer-to-peer model at one school that we’ve consistently worked with in the past, North View Middle School. This program will prioritize facilitating intentional relationships between the students at North View because we believe they are the ones capable of creating the school culture and community they desire. To assist in facilitating the program, we kept on two of our changemakers who will utilize the skills and tools they learned over the summer. Through the use of our ERIC model, fun daily activities, interactive consensus workshops, in-depth conversations, leadership development and more, One2One aims to facilitate intentional relationships, prioritize the needs of the students, and empower and magnify their voices within their school and communities.

I hope you enjoyed this spotlight. If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School please connect with me here or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal. 

School Spotlight

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Reppin’ Your Knight Pride!

BSN SPORTS, a Varsity Sport Brand is the exclusive online supplier of North View Middle School apparel, and merchandise. This partnership creates a new source of income for middle school through the sale of officially licensed spirit wear. The merchandise is a great school fundraiser as every item sold puts money directly back in the hands of the school. Our school didn’t have to pay anything to join, and will receive a 12% share of royalty revenue. You can buy customized school spirit wear, clothes, sportswear, gear, and merchandise for you or your family. Click here to enter our store!

If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School please connect with me here or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal.

Pic of the Day- Donations

A former NVMS student drops by with school supply donations from AT & T. This is the second such donation this year. With the first being from Minneapolis Heart Institute. A big thank you goes out to Ms. Demyko Jackson, from One2One Mentors, and Mr. Streukens, 8th grade Math teacher for making these connections.
If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School please connect with me here or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal. 

Summer Eats Minnesota

Community Event: NVMS McTeacher’s Night

One2One Mentoring Program

At North View Middle School we believe that the school environment should be inviting, safe, inclusive, and supportive of all and every student’s academic and personal development should be guided by an adult advocate. While much of this support is provided by staff at the building level, we also partner with community members to ensure that every student has a champion.

One2One, our community partner, has been working on some amazing things for next fall! Please take some time to view video below to learn about the fantastic opportunity many of our One2One students will be a part of next year. It also highlights the amazing experience many of our Dare 2 Be real students and former NVMS students were given to help design and implement a new law enforcement course for Metro State University.

If you would like more information about this program or how to get involve the One to One mentoring program, please click here.

If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School please connect with me here or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal.

Pic of the Day!

AVID students presenting at Edinbrook.

In Case You Missed It: Penny Wars

 

At North View Middle School, we believe that genuine community involvement is a fundamental component of successful schools for young adolescents. We also believe that schools should seek appropriate partnerships with businesses, social service agencies, and other organizations whose purposes are consistent with the school’s mission.

Because of this belief, our school partnered with the H2O for Life  this year to engage in a whole school  service learning project called “Penny Wars”. Students participated in an advisory competition to raise money to support a public school located in Benin, Edo State, Nigeria. If you would like to help us in supporting this great cause please click here. 

Congratulations to Ms. Eldridge’s advisory for the largest Penny War total. Ms. Eldridge’s advisory will get $25 toward a treat of their choosing!

If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School please connect with me here or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal.

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Student Spotlight

Many people participate in community service because they enjoy helping others and improving their community. One of those individuals is NVMS 8th grader Shauntaya Williams. She and her family spend every weekend serving their community by providing food and other items for the homeless. When asked how her school community could help her in this commendable endeavor, she stated that they could really use items like toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, etc. to pass out. If you would like to help me help her, please contact me here. The items donated will be collected and passed out to those in need. If you would like to learn more about Shauntaya’s initiative, please take a look at the video below.

If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School please connect with me here or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal.