Model Cities’ Youth Service Programs offers an array of services geared towards improving the lives of children and youth living in communities throughout Saint Paul. Model Cities’ Youth Services responds to three specific issues facing high risk youth; the lack of engagement in pro-social activities, poor school attendance, and limited positive adult connections.
Model Cities offers the Community Coaching and Family Coaching programs to help address some of the social, emotional and behavioral needs of children and youth.
Model Cities’ Youth Service Programs offer a structured multi-disciplinary academic enrichment and leadership development for serving youth between the ages of 13 and 19 years old. The majority of participants are youth of color and come from low to moderate-income families and otherwise many may not have the opportunity to engage in positive development activities. Model Cities’ Youth Services responds to three specific issues facing high risk youth; recidivism rate in the young people, increased dropout rates, and achievement gaps based on race/ethnicity.
The Service Programs geared towards facing these specific three issues are as followed:
JDAI program is a collaboration of Ramsey County Youth Services, Ramsey County Community Corrections Juvenile Division and Model Cities Inc of St. Paul. The goal of the program is to improve public safety and long-term outcomes for juveniles in Ramsey County by; 1) Reducing the number of juveniles in secure detention, 2) Eliminating the disproportionate representation of juveniles of color in secure detention, 3) Achieving systemic reform of juvenile detention practices and, 4) Developing appropriate and effective detention alternatives for juveniles who should not be held in secure detention.
YES program provides structured evidence-based programming for up to 50 youth. Youth engage in learning experiences that are both educational and fun. YES offers a continuum of academic and enrichment services out of school times both on and off-site. The YES program coordinates programming with other youth serving organizations throughout the community. This contributes to increasing youth’s access to a wider range of services. Improving graduation rates; and post secondary education enrollment of underrepresented youth. Model Cities Youth Service Programs are more than an extension to the usual school day.
Services offered by the Youth Programs: