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 Saint 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.

Explorer Club:

Youth Explorers Nature CasualThe 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.


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 us at 651-771-9339

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

Back-to-School Celebration: Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 9am – 12pm at Merrick 1669 Arcade Street N., Suite 4

Holiday Share Toy Distribution: December 16th & 18th, 2017 at Merrick 1669 Arcade Street N., Suite 4

Youth Services Application Download (PDF)

For more information, please call: 651-771-9339