Welcome to St. Paul Youth Services.
We share proven and pioneering practices for effective youth engagement
so ALL youth in our community are healthy, hopeful, and free
with skills and opportunities to pursue their dreams.

 
 
Past Ambassadors for Youth Academy participants 

Past Ambassadors for Youth Academy participants 

REGISTER NOW! 
Gain skills, confidence, and connections for engaging youth at our Ambassadors for Youth Academy - starts Sept 22.

Adults often stand back when we could be a force for positive change in a young person’s life. Learn what youth need, how they think, what they’re facing, and how to turn your ideas into action! LEARN MORE & REGISTER


Download and Share the Flyer

Download and Share the Flyer

Youth Forum: How Will Saint Paul's New Curfew Law Affect You?


THE CITY’S CURFEW LAW IS CHANGING. HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE A SAY.
The Saint Paul City Council is considering changes to the curfew law and they want to hear from youth! Learn about the proposed changes and share your feedback and experiences at our Youth Forum. Let policymakers know how the law, how it’s enforced, and how its consequences impact you.

Be There! 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
5:30-7:30 PM
SUN RAY LIBRARY
2105 Wilson Avenue, Saint Paul

 

 

 

Youth Partnerships

Each year, we provide guidance, support, and opportunities to more than 1,000 young people who are facing challenges at home, at school, with the law, and in the community. These challenges threaten the youth's well-being and our community's vitality. Too often the default response is punitive rather than productive. We believe in holding youth accountability while helping them grow.

Institutional Practices

We partner with organizations and train and coach educator and staff from nonprofits and public agencies on how to create organizations that are truly youth-centric, especially in terms of transforming their practices and environments to be more effective and welcoming for youth of color, LGBTQ youth, immigrant youth, and/or youth who have experienced trauma and/or poverty. 

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Public Policies

We create vehicles for youth influence on public policies that impact their lives, provide space for them to organize, and create and share tools and strategies to hear from youth and vet their policy decisions for positive and equitable impact on our youth.

Our Values

Too often, youth work has been undervalued and families have been viewed as bystanders. It takes passion to make a difference for young people, but also skills, respect, empathy, accountability, and an equity lens to effectively partner with youth and their families in gaining the skills to achieve their dreams. We're committed to living by these values and to partnering with others who demonstrate them, too.

ABOUT THE PHOTOS ON THIS WEBSITE To honor young people's power to represent themselves, we commissioned youth artists at Intermedia Arts to photograph their peers. This allows us to preserve the confidentiality of our youth program clients, many of whom are facing challenging situations, and demonstrate that young people are best able to tell their own stories.

ABOUT THE PHOTOS ON THIS WEBSITE To honor young people's power to represent themselves, we commissioned youth artists at Intermedia Arts to photograph their peers. This allows us to preserve the confidentiality of our youth program clients, many of whom are facing challenging situations, and demonstrate that young people are best able to tell their own stories.