december, 2016

This is a repeating event

01dec9:00 am11:00 amCreating Youth-Centric Organizations


Event Details

Never mind the children, is your organization “at risk?”

In the nonprofit sector, we’ve grown comfortable describing youth as “at risk” based on their race, identity, or other demographic or situational characteristics. Yet rarely do we consider how “at risk” we adults are of not understanding or meeting their needs.

If you’ve ever said:

“Our programs are successful…for the children we serve.”
“We’ve tried everything. We just can’t get families to participate.”
“We want a diverse staff, but don’t get any qualified candidates.”
“It sounds bad, but maybe those kids just aren’t interested in what we offer.”
This workshop is for you.

It will help your organization shift from the lens of “serving at risk youth” to a focus on adult accountability to ensure you aren’t creating “at risk” conditions for our young people.

This is especially crucial for youth of color – especially those who identify as LGBTQ, who are immigrants, or who have experienced trauma or poverty.

Over the years, St. Paul Youth Services has partnered with dozens of educational, nonprofit, and public agencies to create organizational cultures, policies, and programs that deeply embrace and nurture youth instead of unintentionally pushing them away. Our upcoming workshops will share these transformational strategies.

At our workshops, you’ll:

  • learn to more effectively connect with youth who need your services the most
  • identify unexamined rules, behaviors, and conditions in your organization that inadvertently create barriers for youth
  • hear directly from youth of color about what works for them – and what doesn’t
  • hear from leaders who have transformed their organizations from dealing with challenging youth to becoming trusted partners in their lives
  • learn strategies you can use immediately to improve your impact.

The workshops are free, but space is limited and registration is required. Suggested limit of 2 attendees per organization.
The workshops are open to any nonprofit, school, public agency, funder, or elected official who impacts youth of color in the East Metro.
Contact us for more information at 651-771-1301 or
Sessions take place at the Sun Ray Library, with the exception of the December 8th date which takes place at St. Paul Youth Services.


(Thursday) 9:00 am - 11:00 am


Sun Ray Library

2105 Wilson Ave Saint Paul 55119


St. Paul Youth Services 651-771-1301 or