What is Northfield Union of Youth (NUY)?

NUY is a youth-led youth services organization serving youth throughout the Northfield, MN area. Our mission is to provide power and voice to youth and to create a caring and enriching community. Youth are the experts on youth. We provide a platform and a system for youth to fully address the needs they see in the community, the ideas they have to enrich their community, and the support to ensure that they are never alone.

NUY prioritizes the need to amplify youth voice, opinion, and perspective. NUY works collaboratively with Northfield Schools, Health Care Providers, County Services, Law Enforcement, and a host of other organizations and institutions to meet the needs of Northfield’s youth. NUY combines supportive services with enrichment activities to make a meaningful impact. This includes supports around mental health, housing, academics, employment, art, music, recreation, social justice and so much more.


The mission of the Northfield Union of Youth is to provide power and voice to area youth and to create a caring and enriching community.

You(th) are Welcome!

NUY removes all barriers for youth to participate.  Be present and have your voice heard.  There are no qualifications, assessments, registrations, or fees.  The Key is open to all youth ages 12-20 and other programs outside of the Key are available for youth up to age 24.


Wrapping up National Americorps week at The Key is our big “thank you post” to Andy Kuivinen. Andy has been at The Key and Arcadia for the past school year, is a wonderful, engaged youth advocate, and probably the strongest Promise Fellow we’ve ever had at The Key!

“He is pretty cool! Andy is really good at understanding and helping youth, which is an extremley positive impact in our lives.” - Gavin Lenore, youth center member

We’re thankful to have had as many amazing Americorps workers throughout the NUY’s history — here’s to all past and present volunteers from Americorps who have made an impact at the Key!

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We're continuing our National AmeriCorps Week appreciation by showing Ryan Prichard some online adoration! Ryan is one of our Promise Fellows splitting his time between The Key and Arcadia, acting as a homework helper, youth advocate, and a sarcastic Mr. Smartypants that we are thankful for every day!

"Well, Ryan has been a very fun addition to the Key family. He has an amazing sense of humor and always puts a smile on my face. He has helped me open up
to the idea of religion and is very knowledgeable." -Dallas Green, Youth Board Member

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