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Ask The Expert: How can we help youth thrive now and into the future?
By Elana Warsen

Chad Evans is the Unit Director and Out of School Time Coordinator at Deer River’s Boys and Girls Club of Leech Lake Area, a United Way-supported agency that provides students with a safe and engaging place that fosters academic success, good character, and healthy lifestyles. Chad has 20 years of experience working with kids in different roles. He is the recipient of Blandin Foundation’s Legacy and Leadership Award and Boys and Girls Club’s National Native Spirit Award. United Way of 1000 Lakes spoke with Chad for our ‘Ask the Expert’ series to learn about what children and teens need in order to reach their full potentialContinue reading


Ask The Expert: What makes a vibrant community?
By Elana Warsen

What makes a community one where people want to live? United Way of 1,000 Lakes spoke with Dr. Kathy Annette, President and CEO of Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to learn how we can cultivate a more vibrant community through expanding opportunities to all Itasca area residents. Continue reading



Ask The Expert: Why keeping aging community members social matters?
By Elana Warsen

Kristi Kane is the Director of the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging, a division of the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission. She spoke to United Way of 1,000 Lakes about why keeping aging community members social matters. Continue reading