Youth Intervention Programs

Youth Engage Legislators in the Legislative Process

Lakes Center for Youth & Families (LC4YF) visited the Capitol on April 24, 2018 to participate in the Youth Intervention Programs (YIP) 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 (YIPA) 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.