Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • Media & Broadcasting
  • Politics
  • Race & Ethnicity


2100 WILSON AVESAINT PAUL, MN 55119 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

St. Paul Youth Service’s mission is to improve our community’s collective ability to engage and support Black youth by pioneering practices, creating tools, and sharing resources. Our vision is a loving community where Black youth are safe to life fully and free both individually and within community. We have four overarching organizational goals: 1) partner with Black youth and their families; 2) train and collaborate with nonprofits and public agencies; 3) work for just and effective policies; 4) advocate for resources proportionate to the organizational mission, vision, and values.


We partner with Black youth to work to create systemic change through in-school and in-community services and advocacy that focuses on addressing the underlying barriers to equity. Our core programs are:

YouthPowerMN/YouthPowerMediaMN: We offer physical and digital organizing hubs where Black youth can reflect, build skills, organize, and advocate for change on issues that affect their lives.

Behavior Intervention Program (BIP): We use a uniquely holistic approach to in-school behavioral intervention to address both the immediate needs of students, and the root causes of disparate disciplinary outcomes for Black youth.

Pre-Charge Diversion Program: We offer an alternative to court for a range of first-time offenses, helping young people stay out of the criminal justice system.

Workshops and Training: We train organizations who work with youth developmental needs, systemic barriers youth face, and practical skills and motivation to more effectively engage with young people.

Some of our achievements include:

Annually, on average 81% of youth in our Behavior Intervention Program improve their academic performance, and 97% of Diversion participants do not have another arrest six months after their entry into the program.
We partnered with Black youth in response to a Saint Paul City Ordinance that would have criminalized curfew violations. The youth gave feedback on the real harm it would cause them; the City Councilor proposing the ordinance withdrew it.


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