Relentless Advocacy

Guiding Principles

The Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA) provides relentless advocacy to gain wholehearted support for youth-serving organizations and youth workers. Our advocacy guiding principles define our actions and shape our messaging with elected officials, community members, and the media. The goal of our advocacy is to raise awareness, gain support, and drive action to secure funding for Youth Intervention programs by recruiting and uniting advocates that insist on reform.

Essential Service We ensure elected officials understand your work saves taxpayer dollars and avoids much larger costs for Adult Intervention down the road. Youth Intervention strengthens families, improves public safety, and increases economic competitiveness. It’s essential because everyone benefits when youth positively develop their unique skills and talents.

Adequate Funding Your work provides a large return on investment and adds significant social value. It’s fiscally responsible and aligns with a universal desire to help our youth positively develop their unique skills and talents. We build relationships with elected officials so they understand the need to allocate adequate funding.

Respected Profession Your work is difficult yet you find the potential in all youth and make a real difference in their lives. We advocate for youth work to be a respected profession with compensation commensurate to the value you provide. We recognize youth workers as valued professionals.



Join Us

Like you, we believe it is unacceptable that so many youth lack the interventions that would help them become fully developed, contributing adults. The problem is that caring and support alone are not enough to create change. Change happens through determined, focused, relentless action. We need your help to turn support into ACTION!


Will you join us in our relentless advocacy? Be an advocate! Help spread the word about your work and share your outcomes and success stories with us and with your communities. Even if you don’t directly serve youth, you can stand with us as a strong ally. Adding your voice to our collective calls to action strengthens the impact we all have on important legislation shaping social policy.

We’ll make it easy for you by providing multiple opportunities to be an advocate for youth. Each of our elected officials are concerned about issues that matter to us as their constituents. The more we reach out to them, communicate what we care most about, the easier it becomes for them to prioritize Youth Intervention.

Together, we will bring about a brighter future for our youth. Let’s relentlessly advocate for youth and change the world.

We’ll Help You With FREE Advocacy Training

How to be a Good Advocate for Youth Recorded on February 18, 2016

From this training, you will understand that it is not difficult to advocate and that there are easy ways for you to be part of the systemic shift that is already occurring here in Minnesota and throughout the country. The time to sit idly by has passed. This webinar will motivate you to get off the sidelines and use the power, talents and skills you possess to advocate for at-risk youth within in your community. Learn more and register.