See How We Impacted City Policy!
At our recent Youth Forum, young people courageously shared their serious concerns about changes City Councilmember Rebecca Noecker was proposing to Saint Paul's curfew law. As a result of their feedback, she withdrew her proposal.
It demonstrates the importance and power of youth voice in policy and of St. Paul Youth Services' leadership in connecting policymakers with young people to create a community that wraps its arms around our youth. Read CM Noecker's statement.
Thank you for responding to youth concerns, CM Noecker!
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.
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.
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.
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.