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Cook County Community Center Announces Youth Volunteer Program for Summer 2023

The Cook County Community Center is looking for young people, aged 11-14 years, to volunteer at various places throughout the county. Currently there are nine locations that offer volunteer positions and mentorship.

Volunteers are expected to commit 25 to 50 hours of time to the site of their choosing during the summer months. To reward these young people, they will earn an Exchange Credit Certificate to participate in a cultural or recreational activity of their choice after completing the number of hours they commit to.

Youth volunteer applications are online at the Community Center website and they must be submitted by Tuesday, April 25. Following application there is an orientation meeting for volunteers and their parents/guardians held at the Community Center on Wednesday, April 26 from 630 to 7:30 pm.

The program has openings for 30 young people. If there are more than 30 applicants, a lottery system will select 30 lucky volun­teers.

Cultural or recreational activity rewards might include a discounted ski pass, golf pass, music lessons or other activity within Cook County.

Locations where volunteers are needed are called Exchange Sites and so far they include:

  • WTIP:
  • Cook County YMCA
  • The Senior Center (HUB)
  • SHIP office (Statewide Health Improve­ment Partnership)
  • The Grand Marais Playhouse
  • Cook County Soil and Water
  • Cook County Historical Society
  • Cooperation Station
  • Kids Explorers Club

Additional Exchange Sites are welcome and interested organizations should file an application that is available on the Commu­nity Center website. Exchange Sites that are accepted will mentor a youth in their first volunteer job experience, giving them the opportunity to learn the value of reliable at­tendance, the importance of work records, and the value of community service.

To participate, the Exchange Site must be a government or non-profit organization.

Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
Typically these “about me” pages include a list of academic achievements (I have none) and positions held (I have had many, but who really cares about those?) So, in the words of the late Admiral James Stockwell, “Who am I? Why am I here?” I’m well into my seventh decade on this blue planet we call home. I’m a pretty successful husband, father, and grandfather, at least in my humble opinion. My progeny may disagree. We have four children and five grandchildren. I spent most of my professional life in the freight business. At the tender age of 40, early retirement beckoned and we moved to Grand Marais. A year after we got here, we bought and operated the Cook County News Herald, a weekly newspaper in Grand Marais. A sharp learning curve for a dumb freight broker to become a newspaper editor and publisher. By 1999 the News Herald was an acquisition target for a rapidly consolidating media market. We sold our businesses and “retired” again, buying a winter retreat in Nevada. In the fall of 2016, we returned to Grand Marais and bought a house from old friends of ours on the ridge overlooking Lake Superior. They were able to move closer to family and their Mexico winter home. And we came home to what we say is our last house. I’m a strong believer in the value of local newspapers--both online and those you can wrap a fish in. I write a weekly column and a couple of feature stories for the Northshore Journal. I’m most interested in writing about the everyday lives of local people and reporting on issues of importance to them.
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