Youth Intervention Program Highlighted at MN Capitol

By KBJR News 1

Youth Intervention Program Highlighted at MN Capitol

April 3, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 4:25 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota lawmakers are pushing for increased investments in youth intervention programs.

DFL Senator Melisa Franzen and the Youth Intervention Programs Association highlighted the benefits of intervention programs on Wednesday in St. Paul.

The Senator says children who participate in intervention programs do better in school, have better life skills and 90 percent don't commit a new offense while in a program.

The Senator is carrying legislation to boost funding for the program and increase YIPA's percentage of state funding.

"I've been witness to some of the efforts of these programs in the state and I'm really excited to be able to support them and have been able to attend the graduation ceremonies that have been taking place, showing the impact of these dollars and what they do for our children and our communities."

A recent study by Wilder Research and the University of Minnesota found that every dollar invested in the Youth Intervention Program receives a nearly 5 dollar return on investment.

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