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Youthprise is a resource to youth-serving organizations and systems throughout Minnesota. We reduce disparities with and for Minnesota youth by mobilizing and investing resources, advancing knowledge and advocating for change. Our three impact areas are Learning and Leadership, Economic Opportunity, and Health and Safety.

We mobilize and invest resources by raising more money dedicated to addressing youth disparities and providing grants and other investment to networks, organizations, and young people doing this work.

We advance knowledge and advocate for change by conducting research, advancing policy advocacy and facilitating trainings and peer learning opportunities.

All of our work is youth-centered. Young people are embedded across all areas of our organizational work as staff, and half of our 20 member board is between the ages of 16-24. We employ a youth/adult co-chair model on the board to ensure that our strategy is set by the people most impacted.

Our Impact Areas include:

Learning and Leadership – Promote the learning, leadership and social-emotional development of youth and seek to shift how programs engage youth in leadership and governance.

Economic Opportunity – Create opportunities for economic prosperity by supporting programs and initiatives that build workforce skills, promote youth entrepreneurship, and expose youth to career pathways.

Health and Safety – Promote the holistic health and safety of young people by meeting basic needs and ensuring young people are safe and not criminalized in their communities.