9th Graders Transform Lake Superior Zoo

May 13, 2017 10:59 PM

It was a perfect day in Duluth for local kids to learn some important lessons in leadership.

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Students with the Northland Foundation's Kids Plus Youth Leadership Academy built a nature play space at the Lake Superior Zoo Saturday.

The goal of the project is to teach these kids how to work with one another. The students began planning for the project since September of last year. On Saturday, their long-term planning was put to test.

The group, "Lions, Tigers, and Leaders. Oh my!" built the nature play space. The group hopes to "immerse the visitors in a more natural play area."

In addition to building the nature play space, the students also created several media attractions such as a snapchat filter for the day, as well as Facebook and Instagram LIVE.

Another group also worked at the Valley Youth Center. The group worked on improving the Center's garden by preparing raised garden beds for kids to plant.

The Twin Ports Youth Leadership Academy is a select group of 9th grade students from the Duluth/Superior area, as well as 10 volunteer adult mentors. These students and mentors meet each month, with the ultimate goal of planning and completing a service project for the greater good of the community.


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