Building Protective Factors in Collaboration with Youth:

The young people of SOS (Students Offering Support), in collaboration with REACH Mentoring, have developed a program base on the I-PARD C service-learning model. We shared our firsthand experiences with YIPA attendees to demonstrate the positive impact of peer mentoring and social emotional learning. They learned how their work engages youth to create a supportive community, partnering with adults to provide a network of resources and services for youth to develop and sustain long-term protective factors.

Three SOS Members from the Cloquet SOS Chapter Annali Johnson, Nicolas Smoczynski and Emily Peacock attended YIPA FEST along with Dakota Koski and Anne Parish. The 2018 conference was at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake MN. Nearly 500 people were in attendance.























  • YIPA FEST is always inspiring and fun. The keynote speakers are amazing and it is always great to gather with like minded individuals to share insights and get support. Leah Hastad
  • I value and appreciate YIPA’s efforts in bringing together a diverse group of Youth Workers -Kelly Her, Hmong American Partnership Youth Advocate
  • This is a day where youth workers are celebrated and where resources and valuable breakout learning sessions are available. Mary Jo Volkman
  • YIPA FEST was impressive, inviting, and inspiring! I look forward to attending more in the future.” -Emily Nelson
  • Speakers at 2018 YIPA FEST brought tears and laughter and a reason for doing what we do. Jan Willms
  • A great day to learn new skills and ignite new passions! Amanda Wittenberg

Breakout Sessions                    Youth Performers                 Keynote Speakers                     Networking