Frequently Asked Questions 

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The Basics

YIPA is the acronym for the Youth Intervention Programs Association. We are a 501(c)(3) membership association that has been providing resources for youth-serving organizations since 1978.
YIPA delivers exceptional training and relentless advocacy so youth workers have skills and resources to better serve youth.
No, YIPA serves youth workers and youth-serving organizations. Our services strengthen individual team members, increase support for youth work, and make programs more effective with better outcomes for youth.
The vast majority of our communication is done via email. It’s how we let you know about trainings, advocacy opportunities, and other YIPA events. We do not sell or share your personal information. See our Data Privacy Policy.


Yes! Pending there are no technical issues during the live training, it is moved into the On-Demand library within 24 hours of being recorded.
All of YIPA’s trainings are based on a Competency Framework of eight distinct focus areas identified by our members as crucial to youth work excellence. The Youth Intervention Certification (YIC) provides a broad foundation for all eight focus areas in one comprehensive training that you can take at your own pace. A great way to get started with YIPA is to take the YIC training first to build your foundation and then you’ll find all of our other trainings expand your understanding of the focus areas. Every YIPA training is designed to help you develop your knowledge, skills, and confidence to be the best youth worker you can be, no matter what type of program you work in.
The YIC training is completely online and you take it individually, at your own pace. When you purchase your YIC training, you will receive an email with a link to register for your training. Once registered, you will receive an email with a link to access the YIC Syllabus web page. We recommend you save that email for easy access as you work through your training. All the instructions you need are on the syllabus page. Each of the 8 Learning Modules has an introductory video and a Word document that contains the study material and the online quiz link. You will need to have internet access to download the documents, watch the videos, and take the quizzes. If you are interested in the YIC training, you can preview an entire module for free.
If you did not receive an email with a link to register for the YIC after you made your purchase, or if you have already registered but did not receive a confirmation email with the link to access your training online, email [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help you.
If you have checked the YIPA member directory and your organization is a current member, you will not need to log in. When you register for a training, please enter the name of your organization as listed in the directory. If your organization is no longer listed, the membership needs to be renewed to access the training for free or you will have to pay for the training at the non-member rate when registering.
First, check your spam/junk or promotions folder. If you do not see your confirmation email there, send an email to [email protected] and let us know the name of the training you registered for and we’ll make sure you get it.
If you need to stop an On-Demand Training before the end and come back to it, the training will not ‘remember’ where stopped. You will need to start at the beginning again but you can scroll forward to where you left off. It’s a good idea to save your confirmation email so you can use the link in that email to access your training as often as you wish.
Most boards accept YIPA trainings for Continuing Education but if you are unsure, you should check with them before completing a YIPA training. You are responsible for submitting your request to your board according to their requirements. We provide Certificates of Completion when you successfully pass the quiz at the end of your training, along with all relevant information you may need to submit to your board for Continuing Education (CE) hours.
Yes, send an email to [email protected] and let us know the name of the training you took and what email address we should send the copy to.
Yes, you will receive a Certificate of Completion by passing the quiz at the end of the training. You’ll receive your quiz score report and certificate via the email address you registered with. You can print your certificate and submit it to your board to request Continuing Education credit if you wish. Please contact your board directly if you have questions about submitting your request.
Our Live Online trainings can be accessed on Apple computers. However, users accessing Live Online trainings via iOS will not be able to download any training materials provided. On-Demand trainings can be accessed through the computer only via the Adobe Connect App or a browser. If you experience syncing or lagging issues when viewing trainings in a browser, we recommend you switch to ‘Classic’ view to use the Adobe Connect App.
At this time, we do not provide other accessibility options for our training. But, we are committed to helping you when we can.


Please check the YIPA member directory. If your organization is listed, you have free access to our trainings as long as your membership is active. Otherwise, the non-member rate is required to register for trainings.
YIPA memberships are 12 months in duration and are up for renewal yearly on the date you joined. Grantee memberships are 12 months long too, but membership dues are based on a calendar year from January 1 to December 31.
You can pay online or we can send you an invoice if you prefer to pay by check. Just email [email protected] if you would like us to send you an invoice.
No, you are not. Our trainings are online and can be accessed anywhere as long as you have reliable high speed internet service.
No, we value your commitment and would be happy to accept your feedback. If you live outside Minnesota, please keep in mind that the Advocacy Committee works on Minnesota issues only.
c/o Paul Meunier
3020 160th LN NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304-5849


No, the Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA) is not a grantmaking association. We advocate and lobby for funding for MN Youth Intervention programs in Minnesota. The Minnesota Office of Justice Programs issues the Youth Intervention Programs (YIP) grants.
The YIP Outcome Survey is required for grantee members only. All the information you need about the survey can be found on our web page called MN Youth Intervention Programs (YIP) Grant.
We believe that all young people deserve to have the support they need, but at this time our advocacy and lobbying are limited to Minnesota. However, if you would like to talk about advocacy in your state, reach out to [email protected] and we’ll be happy to talk with you about this.


The first thing you should do is add [email protected] as a contact in your email. You may also need to ask your IT department to whitelist YIPA with your servers. Send them Step 1 and Step 2 below and they’ll know exactly what to do.

Step 1: Add this exact SPF record to your DNS: v=spf1 mx ~all

Step 2: Add this exact SPF record to your DNS: v=spf1 ~all

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