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Youth Intervention Programs Grants

Youth Intervention Programs (YIP) is a state funded program authorized under Minnesota Statutes 299A.73. The intent of the program is to provide an ongoing stable funding source to community-based early intervention programs for youth and their families. Grantees serve youth who are experiencing personal, familial, school, legal or chemical problems.

YIP programs provide services for youth including truancy prevention, literacy and academic assistance, behavioral interventions and counseling, mentoring, juvenile justice system diversions and restorative justice, afterschool activities, career exploration and life skills classes, and emergency youth shelter. Many programs serve culturally specific populations or employ gender specific services. An additional, one-time appropriation of $500,000 was made in 2015.

The appropriation for FY2014-2015 was $5,078,000.  For every dollar of YIP funding received grantees must provide a two dollar match of cash or in-kind contributions.  Grants range in size from $17,410 to $82,029 for two years.  YIP funding currently supports 85 youth-serving programs statewide.

YIP funding is available for new applicants whenever new funds are added to the legislative appropriation and/or every 5 years.  It is anticipated that the next competitive Request for Proposal process will occur in the summer of 2015.

Youth Intervention Program Association (YIPA)

A vast majority of YIP grants are members of the non-profit association, YIPA. Led by Executive Director Mr. Paul Meunier, YIPA provides advocacy and networking and training opportunities for its members. Through Mr. Meunier’s stewardship, YIPA and the agencies that support it provide valuable resources to enrich and cultivate new beginnings for at-risk youth.
For more information contact:
Paul Meunier, Executive Director
YIPA web site:




YIP Program Evaluation

YIP grantees are expected to conduct evaluation activities to demonstrate outcomes.  The primary YIP Program Evaluation is now being conducted by YIPA. A general exit survey has been designed to capture changes in youth risk and protective factors during participation in the programs. The survey is administered to youth at post-participation. Click Youth Intervention Program Exit Survey to access the survey. Click YIP Exit Survey Protocol for further description of survey and protocol.

Between 2010 and 2012 YIP grantees serving youth over the age of 12 utilized a standard pre- and post-test survey created by the Office of Justice Programs.  Modeled after the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS), the YIP pre- and post-surveys solicited information about youth attitudes and behavior at school, home and in the community. 


YIP Grantees


Ain Dah Yung Minneapolis Urban League
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities   Minnesota Valley Action Council
Blue Earth County Community Corrections MN Youth Intervention Programs Assn (YIPA)
Bolder Options Moorhead Police Department
Bridge for Youth Northeast Youth & Family Services
Centro Northeast Youth & Family Services (White Bear)
​Northern Star Council
Chippewa County Family Service Northfield Union of Youth
Circle of Discipline, Inc. Northwest Community Action Inc.
​Clay County Opportunity Neighborhood Development Corp
Clay County Attorney’s Office PACT for Families Collaboration
​CommonBond Communities
Community Mediation Services, Inc. Pearl Battered Women’s Resource Center
Community Mediation Services, Inc.- Hmong Services People INC
​Conflict Resolution Center Red Wing Youth Outreach
​Cornerstone Resolution Center Relate Inc.
​Dakota Wicohan RESOURCE Inc
​The Sanneh Foundation
DARTS Inc. Southwest Health and Human Services
Ely Community Resource, Inc. Southwest Metro Educational Cooperative
Evergreen House, Youth and Family Services, Inc. Southwest Minnesota PIC Inc.
Face to Face Health & Counseling Service St James ISD 840
​Family Pathways ​​St Paul Youth Services
Girls Scouts of MN and WI River Valleys
Headway Emotional Health Services Success Through Adults Reaching Students (STARS)
Hmong American Partnership Teens Alone
​Ka Joog The Family Partnership
​Kids 'n Kinship The Link
Kinship of Morrison County Todd-Wadena Comm. Corrections - Long Prairie
La Oportunidad Todd-Wadena Comm. Corrections - Wadena
​Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project
Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau-Chisago Tree Trust
​Urban Arts Academy
Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau-Forest Lake Urban Boatbuilders, Inc.
Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being Volunteers of America of Minnesota
Little Earth Residents’ Association Voyageur Outward Bound School
Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota- Minneapolis West Seventh Community Center
Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota- Duluth Woodland Hills
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota- St. Cloud Workforce Development Inc.
Martin County Probation Department YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
​Youth First Community of Prmi
McGregor ISD 4 ​​Youth Service Bureau -South Washington County
​Mediation Services for Anoka County
Men As Peacemakers Youth Services Bureau - Stillwater
Minneapolis American Indian Center YWCA of Minneapolis
​Minneapolis Department of Health & Family Support YWCA of St Paul