YIA promotes youth leadership to its highest level and asks youth to make a difference in the lives of others.


Our Mission, Our Values


YIA maintains and supports quality programs for students in grades 9-12.  We promote positive youth development and public service values, and encourage St. Louis County youth to become young leaders who are better engaged with their communities.  At the same time, we work to bring positive changes to Minnesota through partnerships with area businesses, organizations and elected officials.  


Upcoming Events

Event StartTitleLocation
2/11/2019 8:30 AM Make a Difference Conference 2019 (Events page) All High Schools
2/12/2019 4:30 PM South Ridge Empty Bowls Dinner (Events page) Southridge High School
3/22/2019 Cardboard Box City (Events page) Mesabi East High School
5/4/2019 4:30 PM Party for the Planet: Spring Into Action (Events page)
7/22/2019 YIA 2019 Service Trip (Events page) All High Schools
Make a Difference Conference 2019

Youth in Action students from North and South St. Louis County are gearing up for the 24th annual Make a Difference Conference!

Looking to register for the conference? Please click here to complete and submit the registration form online. Don't forget to hand in your signed permission slip to your School Advisor or YIA Coordinator! Both documents can be found here to print, sign, and return to your advisor or YIA coordinator. (Pdf's coming soon... for fillable pdf's please click here.)

MAD Conference Registration Form

MAD Conference Permission Form


Our Program

                YIA is a St. Louis County Youth Program in conjunction with local government-City's and School Boards, serving 400 youth participants in 15 high schools within 37 communities in Minnesota. Through service learning projects and other activities, high school students gain leadership skills and civic engagement volunteer experience.


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