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


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 on the Iron Range for students in grades 7-12 and in the 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.          





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Congratulations to our 2021 Scholarship Recipients!

Top (left to right): Mayson Whitlock - Duluth East, Alexis Gwash - Hibbing, Phoebe Morgan - Northeast Range

Bottom (left to right): Lindsey Ploetz - Hermantown, Julia Gwash - Hibbing, Alexis Jarvi - Mesabi East

The 27th Annual Make a Difference Conference is scheduled for February 28, 2022 at the ITMEC in Virginia. The planning is underway and we are excited to see how this years' event comes together! Community sponsorship helps us continue to provide a free, impactful, and memorable day for the future leaders of St. Louis County. We would like to recognize and thank the sponsors below for their support! We couldn't do this without them!

Champion Level Sponsors


MN Power

Twin Metals

Advocate Level Sponsors

American Legion Post 241

NHS Northstar

St. Luke’s

Ally Level Sponsors

City of Virginia

Iron Range Electrical JATF

Super One Foods

Northshore Bank

Virginia-Eveleth Carpenters Local 606

Eveleth Elks Lodge 1161

Youth Participant Level Sponsors
Fort & Company
Mesabi Bituminous Inc.
Piragis Northwoods Company
Millwright Local 1348
Sterle & Co. LTD
Ulland Brothers
Prebich Law Office
Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge
Jims Cleaning
Kiwanis Club
Northeast Title Company
Samuelson Insurance Agency
Soroptimist Club of Virginia
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 589
Hibbing Kiwanis Club
Members Cooperative Credit Union
Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital (EBCH)
Eversmiles Pediatric Dentistry
Range Cooperatives, Inc.
Electric Power Door
Lake Vermilion Resort & Tourism Association
Benchmark Engineering, Inc.
Town of Fayal
L & M Radiator, Inc.
Natural Harvest Food Co-op
Pohaki Lumber Company
Cleveland Cliffs (Hibbing Taconite)
United Taconite
Conveyor Belt Service, Inc.
Northern Club
Chisholm Kiwanis Club
Eveleth/Mountain Iron Lions Club
Virginia Coop Credit Union
Kwik Trip
Rural Living Environments


Harbor City and South Ridge Fall Food Drives

Harbor City and South Ridge YIA students did a phenomenal job with their recent food drives, collecting and donating 661 lbs to Chum and 260 lbs for the Northern Lakes Food Bank!

 Coffee with Veterans

On Veteran's Day, North Woods YIA students welcomed local Veterans from the Cook, Orr, and Nett Lake communities! It was a great success and a very special way to thank these Veterans for their service! 🇺🇸


Lincoln Park Children & Families Collaborative

21 YIA members from Marshall, Hermantown & Duluth East volunteered at the Lincoln Park Children & Families Collaborative, serving over 70 people from the Lincoln Park Community!

Toilet Paper Drive

Eveleth-Gilbert YIA did a toilet paper drive and collected well over 100 rolls! 🧻 Donations were made to the Youth Foyer and Bill's House.

The "Socktober" sock drive brought in 90 pairs of socks!