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


What is YIA?



 Youth in Action (or YIA) is a St. Louis County program that promotes leadership by getting students involved in school and community projects that make a positive impact.     

   Youth in Action opportunities are available in Iron Range and Duluth area schools for students in grades 9-12. It is free to join and everybody is welcome!   


Our MISSION is to maintain and support youth development and community programs and projects. We work to promote public service values to better engage young adults with their communities. Our goal is to bring positive change to St. Louis County through partnerships with students, schools, community organizations and businesses and our in-school advisors.       




Upcoming Events

Chisholm Meeting
Start Date/Time:
Friday, February 14, 2020 12:00 PM
End Date/Time:
Friday, February 14, 2020 12:30 PM
Recurring Event:
Recurring Event Every 2 week(s) on Friday until 5/8/2020 (total 13 events)
Normal Priority
School Visits
Chisholm High School

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* Duluth Area School Meeting Schedule *

- Denfeld High School - Thursday, WIN (10:46am-11:16am) Rm 1020

- Duluth East High School - Friday, WIN (10:46am-11:16am)

- Floodwood - Biweekly, Tuesdays 11:04am - 11:34am (lunch)

- Harbor City International Charter - Biweekly, Tuesdays 11:20am - 11:50am (lunch)

- Hermantown - Monthly or twice per month, Monday mornings, 7:30am

- Marshall - Thursdays during lunch - always changing. Please contact Tyler or Elise for info.

- Proctor - Wednesdays, RAIL time (11:54am - 12:24pm)

- South Ridge - Biweekly, Fridays 12:40pm - 1:10pm (lunch)




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Marshall has a board dedicated to YIA! Come volunteer with YIA! We have many opportunities coming up! #youthinactionmn

This room was FILLED last year at the 2019 Make a Difference Conference! We’re tirelessly planning this year’s 2020 MAD Conference @decc_mn on February 3rd! Keynote Speaker ✅ Sponsorship Letters Sent ✅Breakout Session Planning ✅ Who’s excited?! #youthinactionmn #yiamadconference2020

Graveyard Gals & Mad Scientists volunteering at the North End Nightmare 5k this year! Thanks @grandmasmarathon & @yaf_grandmasmarathon for these continued volunteer opportunities!

South Ridge sure knows how to announce a YIA Meeting #youthinactionmn

Making a difference in Proctor, once again! These students cleanup trash every spring and fall and I'm sure it has nothing to do with getting pizza after the job's complete! #youthinaction #makeadifference #duluthmn #trash

Happy back to school day students and teachers! Hard to believe the summer has come and gone, but what a great summer it was! Weekly grocery shopping with Age Well Arrowhead (with help from a wonderful shopper, Riese), hikes on the beautiful trails in Duluth, Parks and Rec projects with our favorite, Larry, and projects with Animal Allies and our service learning retreat to the Twin Cities! What a great way to get together and stay involved throughout the summer! Onto the next project and adventure! We'll see you there! Look for our fliers and info on our annual Make a Difference conference coming up in February and how you can get involved! #youthinaction #makeadifference #duluthmn #hike #summer #thankyou

Another successful project with the @duluthparksmn! Raking, trash picking, and removing brush, what a great way to spend a Tuesday! #youthinaction #makeadifference #duluthmn #trashtag #parksandrec

WOW! What an amazing service learning retreat! Cooking enchiladas for 90+ at the Ronald McDonald House, working with Minneapolis Parks and Rec, and gardening and weeding at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum! Not to mention Mama Mia at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater! Memories we won't soon forget! Thank you for everyone who helped make this retreat possible! Not sure how we're going to top that, but hey we'll give it a go! #youthinaction #makeadifference #onlyinmn #chanhassendinnertheatres #minnesota

It's hard to choose which photos to share this week! Can you tell which group was at Sumner Field Park in Minneapolis and which was at Fond du Lac Park here in St. Louis County?! That's right, we had two YIA groups doing park projects on Tuesday 🙌🤗No matter where you are - you CAN make a difference! #youthinactionmn

The bus is loaded, everyone ate @gordyshihat and shopping for homemade enchiladas for 100+ people at the Ronald McDonald House on Oak Street is done! These 20 youth represent 7 schools in St. Louis County on YIA's 3-day Service Retreat! 🙌#youthinactionmn #stlouiscountymn #serviceretreat

Lester Park - litter picked up ✅, pavilion swept for party at 4 ✅, and wood chips raked out ✅ - ALL thanks to these fabulous youth volunteers who literally sweated it out! All it takes is a little bit of time and direction from Larry with @duluthparksmn! #youthinactionmn

We were busy last week! 3 days face painting at sidewalk days with @gdcduluth, a park clean up, a beautiful hike at Enger, and grocery shopping with Age Well Arrowhead! Let's do it again this week! #youthinaction #makeadifference #duluthmn #engertower #hiking

Happy July! We're back and trying to recreate American Gothic aka most famous farm couple in the world...apparently some of us didn't follow instructions. If you go to Fairmont Park this week, you'll see our restoration project with @duluthparksmn! We worked hard and had a little fun 😜#youthinactionmn

Gardening today with @duluthparksmn 🌼 Cool project! Checkout the planters next time you stroll through downtown Duluth. A couple of hours can make a big difference! #youthinactionmn #downtownduluthmn

Another eventful week! Shopping for AWA this morning & hiking @hartleynature yesterday! Giving back and exploring nature! Did you know time in the woods and volunteering your time can improve both your mental and physical health?! Join us next week 🌞#youthinactionmn #agewellarrowhead #hartleynaturecenter

Burger Bash was today at the Miners Memorial Building! This event supports our upcoming YIA Service Retreat 🙌 We had over 240 orders! 🍔We appreciate all the support and can't wait to share photos from our retreat in July! Stay tuned! #youthinactionmn #stlouiscountymn

Special event @animalalliesdlh today! We had 19 youth attend - they cleaned, made pupsicles & kitty toys and socialized with the animals! There are some very sweet dogs and cats looking for homes! We look forward to volunteering again! 😺🐶 #youthinactionmn #animalalliesdlh

First week of summer programming has been awesome! Hiked 5 miles yesterday 💪 - we did the whole Brewer Park Loop! And then #agewellarrowhead grocery shopping this AM. No pictures; too busy shopping & delivering 🛒🚗 🙌#youthinactionmn #brewerparkloop #stlouiscountymn

Back to where we started! 12th Street Beach pick up with @duluthparksmn what a great way to spend an afternoon! See you next Tuesday! #youthinaction #duluthmn #lakesuperior #makeadifference #trashtag

Northwoods YIA & Student Council + Mesabi East YIA hosted Adopt-a-Highway clean-ups this past week. Let's hope for sunshine this long weekend & just as much fun as they had! #youthinactionmn #stlouiscountymn





American Legion Post 71 - Student Sponsor
American Legion Post 241 - Student Sponsor
Arcelor Mittal Minorca Mine - Student Sponsor
Arrowhead Auto Body - Student Sponsor
Biwabik Township - Student Sponsor
City of Chisholm - Student Sponsor
City of Hibbing - Student Sponsor
City of Virginia - Student Sponsor
Cleaning Specialists, Inc. - Student Sponsor
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. - Student Sponsor
Cook Building Center - Student Sponsor
Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home - Student Sponsor
Dave Witschen D.D.S. - Student Sponsor
Duluth Core Learning - Student Sponsor
Economy Garages - Student Sponsor
Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital - Student Sponsor
Ely Jaycees - Student Sponsor
Ely Kiwanis Club - Student Sponsor
Embarrass Vermilion Federal Credit Union - Student Sponsor
Eveleth Elks Lodge #1161 - Student Sponsor
Eveleth/Mt. Iron Lions Club - Student Sponsor
First Baptist Church - Student Sponsor
Fort & Company, PA - Student Sponsor
Gilbert Fire Dept. Relief Association - Student Sponsor
In Motion Therapy - Student Sponsor
Iron Range Plumbing & Heating - Student Sponsor
Jasper Engineering - Student Sponsor
Jim's Cleaning - Student Sponsor
Kiwanis Club of Hibbing - Student Sponsor
Kwik Trip - Student Sponsor
L& M Radiator, Inc. - Student Sponsor
Malton Electric - Student Sponsor
Mars Supply - Student Sponsor
Mesabi Radial Tire - Student Sponsor
Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union (MPECU) - Student Sponsor
Nelson Williams Linings - Student Sponsor
Northeast Title, Co., Inc. - Student Sponsor
Northern Communities Credit Union - Student Sponsor
North Shore Bank - Student Sponsor
Peterson Lodge Resort - Student Sponsor
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union #589 - Student Sponsor
Pohaki Lumber Company - Student Sponsor
Powderall Corp. - Student Sponsor
Radotich Inc. - Student Sponsor
Range Cooperatives, Inc. - Student Sponsor
Range Reliable Agency - Student Sponsor
Rural Living Environments - Student Sponsor
Security State Bank of Hibbing - Student Sponsor
Soroptimist of Virginia - Student Sponsor
Sterle & Co, LTD. - Student Sponsor
Tower Firmen's Relief Association - Student Sponsor
Town of Fayal - Student Sponsor
Tufco, Inc. - Student Sponsor
Ulland Brothers Inc. - Student Sponsor
US Steel - Student Sponsor
Vermilion Club - Student Sponsor
Virginia Co-op Credit Union - Student Sponsor
Virginia-Eveleth Carpenters Local 606 - Student Sponsor
Walmart #4849 - Student Sponsor


AFSCME Local 66 - Sponsor
Great Lakes Aquarium - Sponsor
L&M Supply of Mountain Iron - Sponsor
New Scenic Café - Sponsor
Target - Sponsor