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For over 130 years, the University Y has been a unique place on the campus of the University of Minnesota where college students have developed their character and leadership competencies needed to strengthen campus and community. Today in our rapidly changing society the University Y is as relevant as ever. The UY is a diverse and inclusive community of students across majors, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences. We welcome you to consider our programs to complement your college academic experience!

University Y Programs

For more information contact UY Director Patti.neiman@ymcam.org

Mentoring Pathways 

  • Y Mentors provides college students opportunities to mentor as a team in local afterschool programs. Students who qualify through FASFA may apply work study funds or choose to volunteer. Opportunities to serve and/or lead the mentoring programs are available to students across all majors. Program options: Healthy Kids Matter, Y Literacy Matters, Y Innovate/STEAM.
  • Take 5 workshops are a movement that utilizes youth-voice and their “photovoice” to destigmatize mental illness. Workshops provide large group dialogues, small group activities and 1:1 Workshop Mentors for middle and high school aged youth.  Youth will practice destress activities with the team, learn about myths and facts of mental health and wellbeing and understand how their voice can create change for self and community.
  • Y Just Chillin’ Matters is a public health initiative that provides college students an opportunity to develop and apply a variety of skills – from outreach on campus, to facilitating de-stress and stamp out mental health stigma conversations to mentoring youth in the community and more. All students are required to be trained and certified in basic Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) by the UY Director. For more information on how to get involved please contact UY Director Patti.neiman@ymcamn.org

Y Collegiate Achievers Program (Y CAP) + Service provides first year U of M college students from underrepresented communities (including students of color and students who are first generation in their families to attend college) a small group and community to belong to, peer and professional mentors and access to service and leadership opportunities.  Page Scholars who join Y CAP are provided opportunities to serve youth up to 8th grade to meet scholarship requirements.

Non-Profit Internships provide college students opportunities to apply their strengths, talents and skills to individual and team based projects, activities and events. Area of internships may vary, but all provide the opportunity to develop communication, collaboration and authentic leadership skills. For more information contact UY Director Patti.neiman@ymcam.org

University Y Impact

In the 2018-2019 school year, the UY served 1,322 young adults and youth across our student programs and mentoring with youth. 217 college students participated in immersive, frequent programming, contributing over 20,000 hours of community service hours.

In 2019, the University Y was awarded the Outstanding Community Partner Award from the University of Minnesota’s Office of Public Engagement, the highest honor granted to an external partner in community engaged service with the U of MN.

In spring of 2019 the UY Director of Educational Efficacy and Leadership, Patti Neiman, received the Page Foundation Community Partner Award. This great honor was awarded to Patti for her dedication to the partnership and for providing Page Scholars with high quality programs and mentorship.

In 2018, a longitudinal study was conducted by the U of MN Department of Educational Psychology comparing five years of data on UY students against thousands of their counterparts on campus who did not participate at the UY. Accounting for all variables such as race, class, incoming ACT score, etc., this study found that UY students were more likely than their peers to graduate on time (15% more), earn credits (7 more credits on average), and earned higher GPAs. The UY student population also included significantly higher rates of students from underrepresented communities than the U of MN as a whole.