It’s time for…..YIPA FEST 2015!!!!!

YIPAFEST …..September 25th  

Youth Intervention Programs Association comes together once a year for YIPAFEST to celebrate the Youth Intervention workers and youth serving organizations throughout the state of Minnesota. YIPA has an approach with proven outcomes and documents showing social returns on investments by moving towards youth intervention.  Youth Intervention takes the likely consumers of public services and turns them into life-long contributors to the common good. It saves taxpayer dollars, improves public safety and prepares the future labor force keeping it competitive. When our youth thrive, WE ALL WIN!!!

Register for a Day of Fun, Learning and Networking. Small communities, rural and urban come togethering. It will be held at the TIES Event Center in Falcon Heights off Snelling Avenue North from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

YIPA does not directly serve youth, rather they serve the Youth Intervention professionals and organizations that do. They organize and mobilize support for Youth Intervention programs. Their mission is simple:

Ensure that Youth Intervention programs are supported in their communities and they have the resources they need to provide high quality and cost effective intervention services for youth.”

YIPA has more than 220 organizational and 150 individual members throughout Minnesota who are passionate about youth. YIPA FEST is a day full of learning, teaching and networking YIPA FEST builds upon YIPA’s unique ability to bring together Youth Intervention providers from urban, rural and suburban communities. YIPA has always been the place to make new connections, re-connect with old friends and meet industry leaders. YIPA FEST makes it even easier for you to network.



Solutions Not Suspensions

Many of the school districts in Minnesota and nationally have been wrestling with closing the achievement gap and the education gap. States spend $5.7 billion a year on the juvenile justice system instead of our schools. On average, states spend $88,000 to incarcerate a young person, but only $10,000 to educate one. There was 62% of students of color graduating in 2013 compared to 85% of the Caucasian students. Students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to receive an out-of-school suspension than students without disabilities.

TAP’s teams are committee members and advisors on the SNS Coalition supported by Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP). Solutions Not Suspensions Coalition held a SNS Coalition meeting WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 from 10 am–12 pm at 2233 University Avenue Suite#201, St. Paul, MN. Meeting was held in the conference room at the Danish Institutes Study Abroad North American Program (in the Wright Building, second floor next to the MnEEP Offices.

Here’s Five Key Areas Discussed:
~How the SNS Coalition intends to engage youth in the coalition and at the table
~Discussed plans for a statewide participation in the National Dignity in Schools Week of Action in October later this year
~Discussed the coalition report on coalition structure and workplan
~Connected  with fellow community organizations and shared updates and some promising best practices on restorative discipline
~Rallied around the student and parent rights to participate in the decision-making affecting school policies

Additional Briefings from youth and adult advocates in Minnesota:

Annual Summit by MIC for ALL Communities!

The Mission Impact Council (MIC) began in 2013 lead by and co-chaired by YMCA, United Way and Youthprise. MIC convenes diverse organizations and communities to work together for positive social change through developing innovative and community-based solutions that change life opportunities for youth in and around the Greater Twin Cities area. These are the 3 key ideas driving the MIC:

  • SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: How can participating MIC organizations ensure they live their missions to transform life opportunities for youth?
  • COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: How can the MIC learn from, honor, and partner with the existing efforts, talents, and dreams of diverse Twin Cities communities and initiatives?
  • COLLECTIVE IMPACT: How can the MIC create a deeper and more sustainable impact for youth through building a common agenda, coordinated activities, and common metrics?

The 6 focus areas of our youth:

  1.  Youth Development & Leadership
  2. Education Equity
  3. Health & Wellness
  4. Employability
  5. Diversity
  6. Support Services

The 6 Communities of immersion experiences:

  1. Hmong/ Asian Pacific
  2. African American / Black
  3. Somali / East Africa
  4. Hispanic / Latin America
  5. Homeless & Highly Mobile Youth
  6. Indigenous / Indian Communities


Come Out! Be apart of the Common Agenda, Metrics and Partnerships to Transform Life Opportunities & Equity with Our Youth! Register Now Space is Limited.

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