We look forward to seeing you at YIPA FEST 2018!


Here’s just a little of the feedback from YIPA FEST 2017 attendees:

  • It was amazing to see the sheer number of youth workers and youth advocates together in one place. It was an inspiring sight that affirmed my passion for serving youth. – Julia Lawler
  • YIPA FEST is one of the best sources of training for my staff each year. The quality of the presentations is high and the networking opportunities are plentiful. The fact that there is no cost for members is a double bonus. Thank you. – Julie Murphy
  • It was my first time attending YIPA FEST and I had a blast! It was a great opportunity for networking and learning about other programs and organizations. – Kimberly Nguyen
  • YIPA Fest is a cannot-miss youth worker celebration that I highly recommend to all youth workers and interested community members. ~ Allie Birdseye-Hannula 

Mark your calendar and plan to join us on October 12, 2018!
Registration Opens in Late Spring/Early Summer

What is YIPA FEST?

YIPA FEST is a day designed specifically for you and it is FREE to all members. This one-of-a-kind celebration unites youth workers who share your belief that when youth have support, they can succeed.

YIPA FEST is a celebration, filled with love, positive energy, and a strong reinforcement of all the ways the work you do truly is making a difference.

When you attend YIPA FEST, you’ll feel the passion about youth that will motivate you to help them succeed. From the moment you are greeted by the hospitality team until you are thanked as you leave by YIPA team members, you will feel valued. Join us for a full day of learning, networking, entertainment, inspiration, and fun!

Breakout Sessions

Youth Performers

Keynote Speaker


2017 Keynote Speaker

Annie Meehan is a Speaker and a Life Coach based in Minneapolis, MN. After starting her career in corporate America, she is now seen as a powerful successful motivational speaker with heart and determination that awakens her audiences to action. Annie journeyed through life as the middle child of seven, raised by a single mom, and has many stories and life lessons to share. She has been a guest on Oprah and Twin Cities Live.


In addition to being a popular motivational keynote speaker, Annie is also the author of a motivational books, Paths, Detours, and Possibilities & Be the Exception.

For more information on Annie’s books and services, please visit her website.

2017 Agenda

8:00 am Registration Opens

8:30 am-9:00 am Youth Performers 

9:00 am-9:35 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:40 am-10:30 am Breakout session 1

10:35 am-11:25 am Breakout session 2

11:30 am-noon Networking

Noon-12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 pm-1:00 pm Youth Performers

1:00 pm-1:50 pm Breakout session 3

2:00 pm-3:00 pm Keynote


bulletSeptember 15, 2017

bullet9:00 am-3:00 pm CT

bulletRegistration and Youth Performers at 8:30 am

bulletDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington
7800 Normandale Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55439

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$90 for Non-YIPA members

bulletNot a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations! Click here to join or learn more.

bulletYIPA FEST will count as 6 CEU hours for most boards.



All of the YIPA FEST Breakout Sessions are led by YIPA members

Read the 2017 Breakout Session Descriptions HERE

Exhibit Information

More than 500 youth workers, educators, and professionals working within the field of Youth Intervention will attend YIPA FEST 2017. Exhibit with us to expand your reach, tap into new audiences, and share information with those who will benefit most from your products and services. Exhibits are open all day during the conference including during breakfast, lunch, and networking activities. There are extended breaks between breakout sessions which give additional time for attendees to visit your exhibit table. 

View the 2017 Exhibitor Descriptions

Thank you to our sponsors