In 1976 the Minnesota State Legislature created the Youth Intervention Programs (YIP) grant to provide financial resources to Youth Intervention programs throughout Minnesota. Two years later, the original 22 grantees formed the Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA) to serve as a collective voice to advocate for the grant program.
Through YIPA’s advocacy efforts, the YIP grant now serves approximately 14,000 youth per year and enables YIPA to provide free training to nearly 4,000 Youth Intervention workers from over 230 organizations.
For the 2016-2017 biennium, $6,084,650 in YIP grant funds were awarded to 78 Youth Intervention programs across Minnesota. However, there is clearly a shortage of funding, as evidenced by $16,050,963 that was requested from 128 programs.
The Minnesota State Legislature creates a two-year budget in odd-numbered years, so 2018 is not a budget year. Given current economic indicators provided by the Minnesota Budget and Management Office, it is unlikely there will be a budget surplus for the 2018 Legislative Session. This means there is little to no chance to increase the base funding for the Youth Intervention Programs (YIP) grant in 2018.
Over the last few years, we have gained a lot of momentum at the State Capitol, and we will work to further increase awareness and strengthen lawmaker support for the YIP grant we have earned. Our objective for the 2018 legislative session is to lay the foundation for the next budget session in 2019.
YIPA does not manage or award grants. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is responsible for grant award decisions and managing all YIP grants. Depending on the outcomes of the legislative session, OJP may or may not issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) after the Legislature adjourns in May of 2019.
YIPA Membership for YIP Grantees
This membership category is only for organizations that receive Youth Intervention Program (YIP) grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Membership dues for YIP grantees reflect the fact that YIPA engages throughout the year in significant advocacy efforts to increase and secure YIP funding. The value of our advocacy work is evident by currently 96% of YIP grantees are YIPA members.
Dues for YIP grantees are based on a number of variables. View a sample Grantee Membership Invoice to calculate your dues. If you have questions or need assistance, contact Barbara Van Deinse at 651-688-3688 or [email protected].