At School


  • Being suspended even once increases a child’s risk of being held back, dropping out, or being incarcerated
  • The majority of school suspensions are for nonviolent behavior 
  • Students of color are significantly more likely to be suspended than white students

Our Response

Through our Behavior Intervention Program, we provide on-site support at middle schools and high schools. We train school staff on positive youth relations and coach disruptive students one-on-one.
91% of participating youth improved their classroom behavior, 81% improved their academic performance, and 63% improved their attendance
Participating schools reduced their use of suspensions, while teachers and students experienced fewer classroom disruptions.


Our Behavior Intervention Program delivers both an on-site program and targeted professional development for educators and school administrators that’s proven to improve classroom management; improve student academic performance, behavior, and attendance; and dramatically reduce suspensions.

How it works:

  1. We partner with TEACHERS and STAFF before school starts and during the year to improve classroom management techniques.

  2. We work 1-on-1 with STUDENTS on classroom effort and behavior, while providing an in-school mentor to help them deal with tough issues.
  3. We engage with the students’ FAMILIES on goal setting and discipline, so schools can focus on student learning.

The results speak for themselves (see below). Over time, one of our partners, Washington Technology Magnet, has reduced suspensions by 90%.

“When a behaviorally-challenged student was having a bad day or an outburst, I was able to calmly refer that student to the St. Paul Youth Services program staff and continue teaching – instead of taking the whole class’ time to give added attention to the negative behavior.

The student having the problem was also able to get back into the classroom more quickly with a better attitude that would allow them to learn. I can’t imagine going back to life here with high student needs without this program.”

– Teacher at Washington Technology Magnet School