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Programs and Services

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School Year

Since 1999, we have contributed to the development of youth in the Anoka, Ramsey, Andover, and Coon Rapids areas through our wide range of programs. Our school year programming is meeting the youth where they are - in their schools. Staff support youth by ensuring they have what they need to be successful in school - caring adults, supplies, and access to resources

Summer Programs

The Youth First Summer Program is open to youth entering grades 6-12 in the fall from Andover, Anoka, Coon Rapids, and Ramsey.  We provide a safe place for kids to hang out with friends, play games, and participate in activities and weekly field trips.  Lunch and snacks are provided.  The program is FREE for all participants!


Non-School Days

At Youth First, we strive to empower the lives of youth in the community through our variety of programs. Our school release days are designed to provide young people with the tools they need to be great leaders tomorrow. Through positive program options, youth are able to explore new opportunities under the guidance of our staff.

The Five Promises

We promise our youth that they will grow up with the help and guidance of caring adult relationships, healthy childhoods, safe surroundings, effective education and opportunities to serve others.
When at least four of these promises are at work in young people’s lives, they are more likely to succeed academically, socially and civically.

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