LC4YF Attends YIP Rally Day at the Capitol

Youth engage legislators in the legislative process. Photo supplied (Article from The Post Review)

Lakes Center for Youth & Families visited the Capitol April 24 to participate in the Youth Intervention Programs Rally Day. Three Youth Advisory Board members along with LC4YF staff members spent the day interacting with lawmakers, talking to them about the importance of Youth Intervention programs in the community.

“We believe all young people can succeed given the proper support from the community,” said Matt Howard, LC4YF executive director. “YIP Rally Day is an excellent opportunity to let lawmakers know the value and impact our program has on the community, and to empower youth by letting them experience how their voice can make a difference.”

The Youth Intervention Programs Association organized the YIP Rally Day.

 “It was so exciting to see youth and youth-serving programs from around Minnesota unite to promote Youth Intervention; we need everyone to understand that if we don’t help our youth, we pay so much more for their adult intervention sooner or later,” said Paul Meunier, the executive director of YIPA.

Youth Intervention programs provide long-term social and economic benefits to the Forest Lake Area and Chisago County by helping youth become self-sufficient adults. Research shows these programs help youth:

• Do better in school with homework, grades and attendance.

• Improve their decision-making, goal-setting and problem-solving skills.

• Develop a pro-social attitude.

• Stay out of the juvenile justice system.

Lakes Center for Youth & Families exists to stabilize and strengthen families and communities by offering critical support and intervention focused on ensuring the success of our youth. Since 1976, LC4YF has given hope and empowerment to more than 40,000 youth and families in the region. To learn about specific activities, visit