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Youth & Family Services

Our Youth & Family Services offer a continuum of education and engagement opportunities and social service programs to strengthen and promote healthy families and youth and build community on the East Side of St. Paul.

Youth Services
Merrick is dedicated to providing a variety of youth engagement opportunities in safe, healthy, and fun environments. The engagement opportunities are designed to promote a passion for life-long learning, holistic wellness, and leadership empowerment. Under the guidance, support, and mentorship of caring adult staff and volunteers, youth participate in interactive, hands-on activities that strive to achieve a balance of learning and fun.

Merrick’s dedicated staff approach all opportunities to work with youth with cultural awareness and sensitivity, community knowledge and understanding, education and passion, and a genuine desire to support youth in succeeding and reaching their individual and collective goals.

We hope youth who participate in our engagement opportunities walk away with self-confidence and respect for self, others, and property; team and leadership skills; a sense of responsibility; communication skills; connection to diverse cultures and the greater community; relationships with their peers, parents, and teachers; and improved school attendance and achievement.

Attention East Side Kids:
Do you dream about making your own robot? Ever wonder how rockets work? Have you ever thought, where does our food come from? If you answered YES to any of these questions, Merrick’s Explorer’s Club is the place for you! Join us for fun, food, and to explore the wonders of our everyday lives.  For more information about Merrick’s Youth Services opportunities, contact  Longkee Vang, Youth Programs Supervisor, at or at 651-771-9339.

Explorer Club:
The Explorer’s Club introduces youth to fun, challenging, and interactive learning experiences in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), healthy living and life skills, and food science. The goal of these introductory engagement tracks is not to steer youth into a career in science, but to plant the seed of discovery and learning. The Club hopes to create an environment where youth are actively participating in learning activities, demonstrating problem-solving skills, and encouraged to be innovators.  Participants will be challenged to be both logical and creative thinkers, be strong individuals and team players, and to increase their verbal and written communication skills.  Explorer’s Club members will also have the opportunity to participate in physical activities and games, go on field trips, and discover ways of giving back to their community.

Additional Youth Events: check back here for more information as the dates get closer

  • National Night Out: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at HOPE Community Academy

  • Back-to-School Celebration: Saturday, August 29, 2015 at HOPE Community Academy

  • Holiday Share: Saturday & Sunday, December 19 & 20, 2015 at HOPE Community Academy

Family Services

Merrick’s Family Services Family Caseworkers utilize intervention and prevention resources, tools, information, and referrals to address and/or service the comprehensive and complex needs of the whole family. Through the provision of culturally appropriate community resources, information and referral services; domestic violence prevention education; and individual and family case management services they strive to connect the family with resources in their community that will address their immediate needs. It is the role of the Family Caseworker to teach individuals the skills needed to problem solve and search out and connect to needed resources. All of the above components contribute to a respectful, professional relationship that is a critical component to family growth and achievement. Family Caseworkers assist parents in meeting their goals through support and advocacy. 

Merrick’s Family Caseworkers are available Monday – Thursday, 8:00am-4:30pm, appointments are encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome, but are not guaranteed to see a Family Caseworker that day. To make an appointment, call 651-771-9339.

 For more information about Merrick’s Family Services, contact Trenece Jones, Family Services Supervisor, at or at 651-771-9339.


Case Management
Through teaching, coaching, modeling, and advocacy, Family Caseworkers and the family collaboratively work together to develop a plan by setting goals that identify and build on the families’ strengths and support the growth of stronger family relationships. At the core of this method of case management are empathy, understanding, concern, interest, congruence, and compassion.  Merrick case management services are offered through a partnership with Ramsey County Human Services - Family & Community Partnership (FCP) / Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP) & Family Emergency Funds.  FCP/PSOP is a voluntary program designed to assist low income families with minor children with basic needs and information regarding community resources.

  • Live in Ramsey County.

  • Be at least 18 years old.

  • Be a parent of at least one child under the age of 10 years old.

  • A pregnant mother expecting her first child with more than one risk factor.*

  • A minor mother no residing with custodian parent.

 *Some risk factors are: parenting skills; cognitive, emotional, or behavioral concerns; disabilities; child abuse; substance abuse; domestic abuse; and homelessness.

Additional Social Support Services

Through a variety of local and community partnerships, Merrick’s Family Caseworkers provide additional social support services to individuals and families through emergency assistance and referrals. Areas of support and referrals can include: basic needs, child development/parenting skills, domestic violence, counseling/therapy, chemical dependency, public assistance, medical expenses, child care, transportation, housing needs, and other critical needs.

Addition Family Events: check back here for more information as the dates get closer

  • Parent/Guardian Engagement Opportunities – Coming Soon!

  • Family Fun Night – Coming Soon!

  • National Night Out: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at HOPE Community Academy

  • Back-to-School Celebration: Saturday, August 29, 2015 at HOPE Community Academy

  • Holiday Share: Saturday & Sunday, December 19 & 20, 2015 at HOPE Community Academy