Students Affected by Incarceration
Join us December 10 to learn about the mental health of Minnesota youth who have experienced parental incarceration.
Homelessness in Minnesota
Wilder's latest statewide study counted 10,214 homeless adults, youth, and children -- a 6 percent increase over the previous study.
Early Learning
More than one-third of Minnesota’s children age 5 and under – 156,000 children -- live in low-income households.
Mental Health Research
About 60,000 adults in the east metro have a serious mental health illness.

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Instilling the Value of Civic Engagement in Youth
Though Minnesota has some of the highest rates of civic engagement nationally, young adults are the least civically engaged. Jennifer Valorose introduces findings from a study of a youth program seeing success.


Register now: Mental Health Outcomes of Youth with an Incarcerated Parent
December 10, 8:30 am-11:30 am, Wilder Center, Saint Paul
This event is full. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please contact We will contact you if spaces become available. 

Join the Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration Collaborative to hear from featured speaker Dr. Pauline Boss, known for her groundbreaking work on the theory of ambiguous loss, learn new findings on mental health outcomes among youth impacted, by incarceration, and more. 
Safe Harbor
Wilder Research evaluated the implementation of the Safe Harbor Law and No Wrong Door model, which address how children who are exploited for commercial sex are treated.
Who Counts, and How to be Counted
Not being counted remains a pressing problem for LGBTQ communities in a number of ways. Laura Schauben addresses the questions of who counts and how to be counted.
2015 statewide homeless survey was Thursday, October 22.
Wilder Research has conducted a triennial statewide study of homelessness since 1991. Findings are used to provide an accurate picture of homelessness in Minnesota and to promote efforts to create permanent, affordable housing for all Minnesotans. Results will be released in spring 2016.
Blog: 5 key reasons people are homeless in Minnesota


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