Graphic2.Registration is now open!

We'll be hosting our annual Make a Difference Conference: Body, Mind & Soul virtually this year! Three evenings, 6 PM - 8 PM, starting Sunday, February 21st. We're working hard to make this a valuable, virtual event for young people!

The conference is free and open to all youth grades 7th - 12th within St. Louis County. If you haven't been involved with YIA before, you are welcome to attend!

We will host the event on Zoom. All attendees must register using this link:


Sunday, February 21st! 

A focus on body, and how it's related to your overall well-being, will kick off the first evening of the 2021 virtual Make a Difference Conference.

Meet Team Bear!

Ally, Maddie, Taylor, and Annmarie are the four female curlers making up the USA U25 National Curling Team.

Monday, February 22nd!


Exciting news! These four youth leaders will be joining our conference and each is passionate about promoting positive mental health amongst teens. They are on the MN Youth Council's Health & Wellbeing subcommittee that works to pass legislation and promote general wellbeing of youth across Minnesota.


We believe in youth voice. And being a young person during a pandemic is not easy. Who better to address mental health than youth themselves?! Looking forward to our mind evening!


Tuesday, February 23rd!

How do you feed your soul?

Our soul night will be dedicated to locals who inspire. We are highlighting artists, creators, adventurers, and foodies to hear what feeds their soul. It'll be an amazing night of discussion and inspiration. We will announce our other guests for our soul evening in the weeks to come! Stay tuned and Register!


We are so excited to have Preston R. Gunderson be one of our featured guests on Soul Day, at the 2021 Make a Difference Conference. You won’t want to miss him!

There is still time to register!! Students in grades 7-12 are welcome to participate.

See you soon!!



YIA will feature Erin Powell, owner of The Sugar Shack bakery, on February 23rd, from 6-8PM. Hear Erin’s story, and how her business feeds her SOUL, at the 2021 Make a Difference Conference!