After just having a conversation lamenting the fact that their high school couldn’t afford to host a Youth Frontiers retreat this year, the staff at Ivan Sand Community High School heard a retreat would be possible—thanks to Minnesota School of Business.
“We are so excited to receive this award…beyond excited actually,” said Ivan Sand Principal Valerie Bakken.
The career college awarded Ivan Sand, along with nine other high schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin, retreats led by Youth Frontiers. The retreats focus on anti-bullying and developing character in students.
According to Bakken, the high school hosted their first Youth Frontiers retreat last year.
“It was a wonderful day for our students, but the cost of the program is very difficult for a school this size to manage,” Bakken said. “We had decided that it would be a few years before we would be able to find the funding again.”
Minnesota School of Business received more than 40 applications from local high schools for the fully-funded retreats.
“We’re pleased that area high schools see the value of these wonderful character-building and anti-bullying retreats,” said Mindy Myhre, director of charitable giving for Globe University/Minnesota School of Business.
Youth Frontiers is a nonprofit organization that embodies a vision to change the way kids treat each other by fostering safe, positive school environments where students can thrive.
Minnesota School of Business sponsors Youth Frontiers retreats annually as part of its “We Care” initiative. Over a six-year period, the college has funded 61 Youth Frontiers retreats for more than 7,500 students.
“This workshop will be the perfect ‘frosting’ to a year that has been successful,” Bakken said.