Youth In Action (YA!)

Program History:

Now serving fifty students, Youth in Action (YA!) began as a grassroots effort led by Elementary school teacher, Ms. Porthan, after she learned about the high dropout rates of Latino students.  Ms. Porthan dreamed of a better future for her third grade Latino students and made a commitment to follow them until college to ensure their academic and future success. Renamed by the students as the Youth in Action, or YA! Program, meaning “Now!” in Spanish, the program represents their leadership in action against the statistics and the barriers facing them to achieve success. 
YA! Mission: 
Empowering Latino youth as future leaders in their communities by guiding them to achieve their academic goals, educational aspirations, and professional potential and equipping them with a network of peers, coaches, and parents in support of their educational journey and career path. 
YA! Vision:
Latino youth will graduate high school, complete post-secondary, and pursue a meaningful career path as they become future leaders in their communities and role models for the generations to come.
YA! Purpose:
Supporting Latino youth to overcome barriers to success and break the cycle of generational poverty through the pursuit of higher education.
Interested in becoming a YA! Coach? View the full position description here.

Our Locations

St. Paul
797 East 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
651-292-0347 (fax)

720 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-871-1058 (fax)

Aging Well Services
882 South Robert Street
West St. Paul, MN 55118
651-450-2049 (fax)

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