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Minnesota Youth Mental Health Corps

Make a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of youth and young adults while exploring a career in behavioral health. Receive trainings during your service that will prepare you to work with peers and earn industry recognized certificates.


Central, Metro, Northeast, Southeast Minnesota

Career Pathways Available

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  • School-based pathway
  • Recovery specialist pathway

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Program start date

Fall 2024

Program Description

Through Minnesota’s Youth Mental Health Corps, you can explore career pathways into behavioral health, all while serving in schools and community organizations to boost Minnesota’s youth mental health strategy.

School-based pathway:

  • Must be 18 - 24 years old to serve
  • Serve in schools and community organizations to support mental health and wellness of youth
  • YMHC activities may include: work with 6th - 12th grade students 1:1 and in small groups to reduce school dropout and improve attendance
  • Manage a caseload of 30 students for a minimum of 12 weeks to provide student-centered support
  • Receive training in areas such as Boundaries and Mandated Reporting, Motivational Interviewing, and Cultural Competency & Cultural Humility
  • Earn certifications such as Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, Narcan Administration, and General First Aid and CPR

Recovery specialist pathway:

  • Must be 18 – 29 years old with at least one uninterrupted year in recovery from a substance use disorder by the start date to serve
  • Serve in community organizations and local clinics
  • Offer peer support, mentoring, and resource navigation for individuals in their recovery journey
  • Receive training on relationship building, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care, and recovery resource navigation
  • Earn a Peer Recovery Specialist (CRPS) Certification

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Member Activities

Texas Youth Mental Health Corps members serving in CIS programs will support economically disadvantaged students by offering weekly one-on-one or small group sessions. These sessions will focus on six core components of the CIS program:

  • Supportive guidance and counseling
  • Health and human services
  • Parent and family engagement
  • College and career readiness
  • Enrichment
  • Academic Support

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Member Training and Support

In addition to university-based education, CIS will increase the number of training partners that offer stackable credentials:

  • AmeriCorps Training Requirements
  • Case-Management & Supportive Guidance Services
  • Trauma Informed Care & Mental Health Awareness
  • Professional Skills Development
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • AS+K Suicide Prevention Certification
  • CPR and First Aid Certification

Essential qualifications to participate in the Minnesota Youth Mental Health Corps include:


Must be 18-24 years old in 2024 for school-based / nonprofit-based pathway


Must be 18 - 29 years old in 2024 for peer recovery specialist pathway with direct or indirect experience with substance use disorders


Must have a High School Diploma or recognized equivalent


Must be a US citizen or Legal Permanent Resident


Unfortunately, individuals who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) through the US Department of Homeland Security are not eligible to serve as an AmeriCorps Member at this time

Interested in Applying?

Youth Mental Health Corps

To learn more about the Minnesota’s Youth Mental Health Corps and how to apply, visit Serve Minnesota’s website.

Become a Community or State Partner

Learn more about how to become a partner to bring the Youth Mental Health to your community or to sponsor a state-wide Youth Mental Health Corps.