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Youth Services

Our Youth Services offer a continuum of education and engagement opportunities and social service programs to strengthen and promote healthy 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 

  • Back-to-School Celebration: Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 10am - 2pm at Gustavus Adolphus Church

  • Holiday Share: Info Coming Soon!