Board Opportunities

St. Paul Youth Services

St. Paul Youth Services (SPYS) was established 45 years ago jointly by the City of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Police Department, in response to concerns about increased youth interaction with the juvenile justice system. Over time, we established our independence as a 501(c)(3) and added programs, partners, and expertise rooted in proven practices and pioneering approaches to early behavior intervention.

Since its founding, SPYS has successfully interrupted the cradle-to-prison pipeline, keeping thousands of youth healthy, hopeful, and free. 9 out of 10 youth we partner with do better in school, stay out of the juvenile justice system, and resolve family conflicts without police intervention, hospitalization, or removal from the home. Today, SPYS also partners with youth to dismantle the cradle-to-prison pipeline altogether.

Our current strategic priorities:

  1. Partner with youth and their families;
  2. train and collaborate with staff from nonprofits and public agencies;
  3. advocate for more just and effective public policies; and
  4. strengthen and grow the organization.

Annual budget: $1.9 million  – Earned Income, Federal or State Contract, Foundations


St. Paul Youth Services is seeking board members with skills in the following areas:

  • Board Governance
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising
  • Human Resources
  • Legal


  • Number of members currently: 5
  • Meeting time and frequency:  6 meetings annually
  • Meeting location: Saint Paul


  • Time Expectation: Up to 5 hours/month
  • Financial Contribution Required: Yes, at a level meaningful to the board member.
  • Service on Committee Required: No
  • Length of Term: 3 Years
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Does nonprofit carry liability insurance? Yes

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2100 Wilson Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55119


To improve our community's collective ability to engage and support all youth by pioneering and sharing best practices.