Youth in action (YIA) promotes youth leadership to its highest level and asks youth to make a difference in the lives of others.


A message from Youth in Action Coordinators:

This past month has been a whirlwind for our communities within St. Louis County. Youth in Action is all about service. Engaging young people to make St. Louis County a better place to live. How do we provide service and add value to our community when we’re supposed to social distance? For an organization that works hard to bring young people together, what do we do now?

Kyle Willkom spoke at our 2020 YIA Make a Difference Conference. For those that couldn’t attend, we’ll give you a refresher. He said the same old thinking is going to get us the same old results. WELL right now we can’t do our same old thinking – we truly have to think outside the box. We have to be the HERO: Help, Engage, Respond & Own Our Power. Kyle challenged us to make one positive difference every day in the life of someone else. Remember the writing across our foreheads? “Make me feel important”. This is exactly what YIA is going to do.

Our mission remains the same to maintain and support young people. Thankfully, countless examples of positive change have already been displayed in St. Louis County and globally. Going forward you’re going to hear a lot more from us digitally. We’re going to challenge you to be the HERO.

We encourage you to stay connected with Tyler, Angela, Taryn & Elise. We want to hear from you. We cannot emphasize this enough. We are here for YOU!


What is YIA?



 Youth in Action (or YIA) is a St. Louis County program that promotes leadership by getting students involved in school and community projects that make a positive impact.     

   Youth in Action opportunities are available in Iron Range and Duluth area schools for students in grades 9-12. It is free to join and everybody is welcome!    


Our MISSION is to maintain and support youth development and community programs and projects. We work to promote public service values to better engage young adults with their communities. Our goal is to bring positive change to St. Louis County through partnerships with students, schools, community organizations and businesses and our in-school advisors.    





Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Youth in Action Scholarship Recipient




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North St. Louis County Food Drive


The North St. Louis 4-H County Ambassadors and the Youth In Action program invite YOU to join them as they partner with St. Louis County Extension, Rutabaga project and AEOA for a Food Drive on Friday May 22nd!


Looking for a great way to “pledge your hands to larger service” and help north St. Louis County communities? Here’s how to help!


Give Nonperishable Food items (which will be placed in the Rutabaga Projects Little Free Pantries)


  • Donations can either:
    • Be dropped off on Friday May 22
      • AEOA building in Virginia
        • (702 Third Ave S) drop donations by the backdoor (parking lot side)
      • Super One Foods South - 1111 17th St S, Virginia
      • Zups Stores
    • Schedule a pick up- call 218-749-7120 or email Deadline to schedule a pick up is Friday May 15th.
      • Pickups can be scheduled in all areas of north St. Louis County (Hibbing, Virginia, Ely, Cook, Tower, Aurora, Hoyt Lakes, Buhl, Biwabik, Babbitt, Mt. Iron, Chisholm, etc.)
  • To give a monetary donation please:
    • Make checks payable Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency
    • Mail them to:

Kelsey Gantzer
Food Access Manager, AEOA
Rutabaga Project Manager
702 Third Ave S, Virginia, MN 55792

Monetary Donations (will be donated to NE MN Food Shelves)


Thank you for your support!








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