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Office of Justice Programs

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

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.

The appropriation for FY2018 was $6,084,650. For every dollar of YIP funding received grantees must provide a one dollar match of cash or in-kind contributions. Grants range in size from $39,873 to $100,000 for two years. YIP funding currently supports 74 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. 

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.

YIP Grantees

Amherst H Wilder Foundation Martin County
Anoka, City of McGregor ISD 4
Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES) Men As Peacemakers
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities Migizi Communication
Bolder Options Minneapolis American Indian Center
Centro Minneapolis Department of Health & Family Support
Chippewa County Family Services Minnesota Alliance With Youth
Chisholm KIDS PLUS Minnesota Valley Action Council
Circle of Discipline, Inc. (COD)​​ Minnesota Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA)
Clay County Attorney's Office Moorhead Police Department
CommonBond Communities MoveFwd
Community Partnership with Youth & Families Neighborhood House
Conflict Resolution Center Northeast Youth & Family Services
Cornerstone Advocacy Services Northfield Union of Youth
Dakota Wicohan Opportunity Neighborhood Development Corporation
Dispute Resolution Center Pearl Battered Women's Resource Center
Division of Indian Work Pillsbury United Communities
East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. Power of People Leadership Institute
Ely Community Resource, Inc. Red Wing Youth Outreach
Evergreen Youth & Family Services, Inc. Relate, Inc.
Face to Face Health and Counseling Service, Inc Rice County, Family Services Collaborative
Familywise Southwest Metro Educational Cooperative
Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys Southwest Minnesota PIC, Inc.
Guadalupe Alternative Programs St James ISD 840
Hmong American Partnership Success Through Adults Reaching Students (STARS)
Kandiyohi County Community Corrections The Bridge for Youth
Keystone Community Services The Link
Kids 'n Kinship The Sanneh Foundation
Kinship of Morrison County Todd-Wadena Community Corrections
La Oportunidad Tree Trust
Lakes Center for Youth and Families United Community Action Partnership
Lakes Center for Youth and Families Urban Boatbuilders Inc
Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being Voyageur Outward Bound School
Little Earth Residents Association Workforce Development, Inc.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota YMCA of The Greater Twin Cities
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota - Duluth Youth Services Bureau - Stillwater
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota - St. Cloud Area Youth Services YWCA of Minneapolis