Ideas at work

Find initiatives and collaborations addressing the needs of Minnesota's children and youth and learn about proven strategies for action.

initiatives and collaborations

AGE to age: bringing the generations together
Enables elders, adults, and youth to explore how their generations are both alike and different. The program is designed to strengthen relationships among all ages and offer older adults and young people opportunities and resources to work together to benefit their communities.

Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance is working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Afterschool programs are critical to children and families today, yet the need for programs is far from being met.

Center for Youth Development
A part of the University of Minnesota Extension to ensure high-quality, out-of-school time learning opportunities for Minnesota youth.

Children, Youth & Family Consortium
The Children, Youth and Family Consortium (CYFC) works to improve the lives of children, youth, and families by supporting and creating new knowledge and encouraging the use of evidence-based knowledge in public and private policy development and family related professions.

Ignite Afterschool
A statewide network dedicated to advancing high-quality afterschool and summer programs for all youth. 

Juvenile Justice Coalition of Minnesota
The Juvenile Justice Coalition of Minnesota (JJC) is a systems change and advocacy based state-wide organization that promotes state level juvenile justice reform in Minnesota. The JJC is an unincorporated association of juvenile justice related professional organizations, state agencies, leader, and stakeholders.

Minneapolis Youth Congress
The Minneapolis Youth Congress is a representative body of youth that has authentic power and influence in decisions and policies relevant to youth. The Minneapolis Youth Congress works in collaboration with elected officials focusing on a common understanding of the welfare of the youth in the City of Minneapolis.

Minnesota Alliance With Youth
The Minnesota Alliance With Youth is the leading convener, collaborator and capacity-builder for youth development in Minnesota. They work with and for youth to ensure that all young people have access to fundamental resources proven to ensure that youth succeed.

Minnesota Operation: Military Kids
The Minnesota Operation: Military Kids state team includes partners from the University of Minnesota Extension, the National Guard and Family Assistance Centers, the American Legion, Minnesota 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Minnesota Department of Education, the Army Reserves, and the Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network. This team works together to provide support and resources throughout the state for youth from military families.

Minnesota Youth Intervention Programs Association
YIPA's mission is to provide training and professional development opportunities for youth service professionals; program development opportunities and educational products for youth serving agencies; collaboration, networking, and advocacy for early intervention youth service organizations in Minnesota; and a voice for the youth of Minnesota.

Network for the Development of Children of African Descent
The mission of the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD) is "to strengthen the cultural connections within communities of African descent that promote, sustain, and enhance the healthy development of our children." NdCAD serves children, families, and communities throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area, offering a variety of literacy and cultural enrichment programs and services for children, youth, and adults.

Project C3
Project C3: Connecting Youth to Communities and Careers is a partnership among several Minnesota state agencies and PACER, a Parent Training and Information center serving Minnesota families of children and youth with disabilities. Partners include the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Vocational Rehabilitation program and the Minnesota Department of Education to provide internships to help local youth learn, earn, and participate in community activities.

Saint Paul Second Shift Youth Commission
The Saint Paul Second Shift Youth Commission is the place for young people in Saint Paul to have a voice at City Hall. Youth Commissioners practice youth adult partnership with other Saint Paul youth, city officials, and community organizations.  Youth Commissioners do this by leading community action projects.  The Youth Commission is made up of 22 youth from neighborhoods across Saint Paul.

A collaborative effort to improve the quality, availability, and effectiveness of out-of -school time learning for all youth in Saint Paul so they can recognize and achieve their greatest potential.

Youthprise was created in 2011 by the McKnight Foundation to increase access, quality, sustainability and innovation in learning beyond the classroom.  The Minnesota Afterschool Network (formerly YCC) is now housed at Youthprise.

Evidence based strategies

These websites identify proven strategies to address this topic area.  Keep in mind that each source differs in their definition of what is "evidence-based" or "proven."

Best Evidence Encyclopedia - Presents reviews of research-proven education programs in math, reading, science, early childhood, and comprehensive school reform. From Johns Hopkins University's Center for Research and Reform in Education.

The Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews - Systematic reviews on the effects of social interventions on education, crime and justice, and social welfare. - Evidence-based programs that prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other problem behaviors in young people.

Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS) - A reference for effective child and youth programs. It organizes the programs by outcome, age, and developmental stage.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) - Searchable registry of interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Partnership for Results - School-based and after school programs for children and families.

Promising Practices Network - Features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children.

Results First Clearinghouse Database - Provides information on the effectiveness of interventions as rated by eight national evidence-based databases. Topics include: criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, mental health, education, substance abuse, and youth development.

Social Programs that Work - Includes information about social program interventions across an array of topics, including early childhood through postsecondary education, housing, employment, crime, and health and mental health. Sponsored by the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy.

What Works Clearinghouse - Central source for identifying education programs that work. From the Institute of Education Sciences.



We used North Minneapolis neighborhood data to make a case for youth arts and engagement.

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