What’s in a Name?
In 1976 the Minnesota Legislature established the Youth Intervention Program (YIP) grant to fund a variety of promising Youth Intervention programs. The first few YIP grantees understood the need for a collective voice to advocate for the grant program so they formed the Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA) two years later.
YIPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association, operating for the benefit of youth-serving organizations everywhere through our advocacy and professional development resources.
As the years have passed and times have changed, there has been some debate about the term “intervention.” By definition, “intervention” really just means “becoming involved in something in order to have an influence on what happens.”
Seen through this lens, ALL youth work is an intervention of some sort.
The field of Youth Intervention has many different programs, approaches, models and promising new ideas all the time. These various programs are an asset, reflecting the diverse needs of our youth. YIPA’s diverse membership makes our advocacy voice stronger and professional development impact more far-reaching.
Regardless of approach, what all Youth Intervention programs have in common is helping young people become productive adults and contributing members of society rather than consumers of public services.
There can be no debate about this: Youth Intervention has proven outcomes and a documented social return on investment – it works, it saves money and we need more of it!
What We Do
YIPA works for you. As a non-profit association, made up of member organizations who serve youth in a variety of programs, we work to create change in the world through relentless advocacy and exceptional professional development.
We envision changing the world. The diagram below is our social change model:
THE BIG PICTURE as we see it is that all youth can succeed.
SO WE ADVOCATE RELENTLESSLY
To encourage leaders in every community to be vocal advocates for local support.
To convince policy makers that Youth Intervention is a necessary investment with measurable returns so they will enact appropriate funding measures.
To ensure that Youth Intervention programs everywhere have the resources they need.
AND WE PROVIDE EXCEPTIONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Because we believe the more competent a youth worker becomes, the more real difference they make in the lives of the young people they support.
Our mission is simple: Ensure that Youth Intervention programs are supported in their communities and they have the resources they need to provide high-quality and cost-effective intervention services for youth.