Youth Leadership Programs

Neighborhood House is a great place for youth who are seeking new opportunities to develop skills, supportive relationships, and a positive self-image in a safe, nurturing setting. Youth participants are often active in more than one program, and frequently become involved through a peer-referral network of friends and family.

GRIP helps youth define their identity, make positive contributions to the community, build upon personal strengths/interests, and increase community support systems in their lives. We serve youth ages 11-24. These youth are either currently involved in the juvenile justice system or at risk of becoming involved. GRIP participants are referred to the program by neighborhood schools, probation officers, Boys Totem Town (BTT), the St. Paul Gang Unit, concerned parents or various other community organizations.

Celita Center
The TRC is where youth, ages 12-18, develop positive relationships with adults, find homework help, a positive social network, and support for whatever is happening in their lives. Using a drop-in model, the TRC is often a bridge between young people in the communities we serve and more formal, structured youth programs. Monday-Thursday 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Neighborhood House’s Wellstone Center location, room 137. For more information, contact Shanna Woods, 651-789-3623 or email.

Teen Outreach Program (TOP)
TOP, for youth ages 12-15, combines weekly peer group meetings, positive adult relationships, new experiences, and community service learning to increase healthy behaviors. Youth will explore volunteering projects, leadership opportunities, and new places on field trips, all in a fun and interactive group environment. Mondays 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. September – May. For more information, contact: Esteban Rodriguez-Hefty by email.

*NEW* 3D Core IT Program
Through a unique partnership with Minnesota Computers for Schools (MNCFS) students, ages 14-21, become proficient in basic computer skills, applications, and use of the Internet. Staff work to engage youth in leadership development, digital education, life skills management and community service. At the end of this year-long program, youth graduate with a CISCO certification. Youth must register by October, 2016. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Shanna Woods at 651-789-3523 or email.

Health & Wellness
This unique program for youth in grades 6-9 incorporates mindfulness, personal training and health goal setting, nutrition, and sports. Youth are invited to join anytime. Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Neighborhood House’s Wellstone Center location. For more information, contact Esteban Rodriguez-Heft by email.

Kids Connect
For youth in grades K-5, Kids Connect combines daily enrichment and tutoring services to impact the lives of children and subsequently their families and community. With the guidance from the Neighborhood House staff, kids will receive academic support and gain social and emotional learning. Through creative partnerships with community advocates, youth will also gain new experiences with art, theatre, and sports. Monday-Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Chris Gustafson at 651-789-2561 or email.

Youthprise At-Risk Youth Nutrition Program
All program and community YOUTH, up to age 18, are invited to drop-in and have dinner with other Neighborhood House youth and staff. Monday – Friday, snack from 3-3:30pm and dinner 5-6pm. For more information contact Amy Runk by email.