Group Home for Boys

Contents's Mapletree? Kinds of Kids are at Mapletree? do Kids Get Placed at Mapletree? Highlights Services the Staff Internship Opportunities

Program Assistant (Part time, one to three overnights per week)

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 This Website Updated on 4-7-14


Mission Statement


Helping at-risk teenagers to achieve personal competency and build self-esteem through new challenges, guided experiences, and the development of social and independent living skills, in a community based setting.


What's Mapletree?

Mapletree is a group home for older teenage boys, located in Maplewood, Ramsey County, Minnesota. It's licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and provides residential care for up to 12 teenage boys, ages 15-20. The program is housed in a 3,800-ft2 architect-designed group home, built in 1989. Supervision is provided by really fun, exceptionally talented, and reasonably professional full-time and part-time staff who, between them, share 24-7 responsibilities for helping young men get their lives together. Mapletree Group Home, Inc. is a non-profit corporation, founded in 1991.


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Mapletree is a member of the Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies.

Mapletree is a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Mapletree is a member of Youth Intervention Programs Association


What Kinds of Kids are at Mapletree?


Mapletree accepts referrals for boys who are 15-20 years of age. All of the boys at Mapletree are on probation, under the supervision of a Minnesota juvenile court, or county social services.  Most of the boys have been adjudicated on a delinquency petition. Some of the boys are dealing with mental health issues, including ADHD, chemical dependency, depression, conduct or anxiety disorders, and emotional disturbances.  Mapletree does not accept kids who are DD, MR, or MI.

Most of the boys at Mapletree have had problems living at home and have not been very successful in school.  Many have had difficulty with drugs, and some have been through treatment.  Most have also been in out-of-home placements including foster care, shelter programs, residential treatment centers, or correctional facilities.  Often Mapletree is either the last opportunity for boys to stay out of a more secure correctional placement, or their first opportunity to re-enter the community after successfully completing a correctional placement or treatment program.

Typically, kids at Mapletree are unable to return to live with a parent, and because of their offense history or other issues are not good candidates for traditional foster care.  At ages 16 to 20, most of our boys are not looking for a �ma & pa� foster family.  Usually they just want support to finish their education, build some job skills, save some money, finish growing up, and prepare for independent living.

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How Do Kids Get Placed at Mapletree?


Boys are typically referred to Mapletree by county probation officers or social workers.  Because most boys are on juvenile probation or involved with county social services, sometimes a placement at Mapletree follows a residential treatment center or a correctional program.  Mapletree also accepts inquiries from mental health professionals, guardians ad litem, court dispositional advisors, attorneys, or concerned parents. When kids are referred and accepted for placement they are typically court-ordered to Mapletree either through juvenile corrections or under a CHIPS petition.

Mapletree can accept kids from counties throughout Minnesota, and from outside Minnesota through the Interstate Compact. Funding for placement of kids at Mapletree is contracted with the placing county, on a fee-for-service (per diem) basis.

Because of the highly individual needs and differences between residents, each resident has an individualized placement plan and length of placement. Typically guys are at Mapletree for six to 18 months or longer.  Referrals are not accepted for placements shorter than three months. Most of the kids placed at Mapletree meet their goals of placement, and graduate from the program successfully.  Many of the boys that have lived at Mapletree in past years continue to keep in touch with the staff.

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Mapletree Program Highlights

Individual Treatment Plans: After residents are accepted and evaluated, placement team members (the resident, parents, and professionals) work together to complete screening, develop a treatment plan to address the individual needs of each resident, and establish goals of placement.  Mapletree does psycho-social and vocational testing/assessments to help identify strengths and areas for growth.  Goals of placement are reviewed at least quarterly in formal staffings with the placement team.

Therapeutic Growth:  Mapletree staff maintain a "therapeutic milieu" in which issues are addressed as they come up.  The residents receive a daily flow of feedback to improve social skills, problem solving, and conflict resolution.  Each resident participates in weekly reviews with the staff to discuss progress on both short-term and long-term placement goals.  Every Sunday evening, the kids participate in a discussion group to strengthen social awareness and social skills. On Thursday evenings the boys participate in traditional group therapy under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional.  Topics around sexuality and chemical abuse are also addressed in weekly groups.  Some residents attend family therapy outside of Mapletree or participate in programs to address specific issues (e.g. sexuality, anger, gangs, chemical abuse, etc.).

Social-Emotional Growth: The boys are supervised throughout the day, with staff on duty 24-7. There are many opportunities for one-to-one time and the ability to confront and discuss issues as they arise. Some of the boys attend AA meetings weekly, more or less as they need support for sobriety. Helping kids to discover hobbies, sports, and positive leisure time activities is an important part of adolescent development.  We encourage social growth through recreational opportunities, and exposure to new experiences.  Toward those goals, Mapletree maintains a year-around wilderness retreat center on the Kettle River near Moose Lake.  Every summer we make an annual trek to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

The Mapletree staff are active role models, and in the past have taken the boys on many adventures including skiing, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, white-water rafting, flying, scuba diving, and horseback riding, to name a few.   To encourage athletic participation, Mapletree maintains a membership at the Maplewood Community Center. Nearby community resources include a regional shopping center, tennis courts, soccer fields, parks, a county library, and a variety of health care facilities. 

Educational Growth:  Many of the boys at Mapletree have not had much academic or behavioral success at school.  Mapletree makes an extra effort to instill an appreciation for learning.  An annual event at Mapletree is a ten-day camping/road trip to Gettysburg and Washington D.C. to provide an experiential opportunity to learn about geography, the Civil War, American history, civics and government.  

All of the kids at Mapletree are expected to participate in an educational program.  Some attend high school at North High School in North St. Paul, while others attend nearby ALC programs, adult education, GED preparatory programs, or perhaps even Century College in nearby White Bear Lake.  North High School has an excellent special education department and guidance staff that has been very supportive of the special education needs of our boys.  The Mapletree staff works closely with each resident to help them succeed in their educational goals.

Independent Living Skills: With all the boys at Mapletree rapidly approaching adulthood, ILS is a daily focus at Mapletree. The boys are expected to get themselves up in the morning, prepare their own breakfast and lunch (supper is family style), do their own laundry, keep their rooms clean, participate in yard care, and generally keep the house clean.  On Tuesday evenings the boys participate in an ILS group with a broad range of topics including budgeting, checking account management, finding apartments, understanding leases, setting up utilities, living with roommates, grocery shopping, buying a car, sewing, doing taxes, maintaining a job, obtaining health care, understanding insurance, and many more.  Some Mapletree graduates have access to a small two-bedroom apartment adjacent to the group home that can facilitate the transition to independent living.

Job Skills: Mapletree encourages employment, supports the development of job skills, and supervises money management. Most residents find employment near the Maplewood Mall and work 10-15 hours per week, while going to school.  During the summer or for those that are working on a GED or ALC program, the boys are usually able to maintain full time employment. Residents that have court-ordered restitution are usually able to completely pay-off restitution and community service obligations during their placement. The boys are required to save most of their earnings, toward moving out on their own.  It is not unusual for residents to graduate from Mapletree with more than $2,000 to start independent living.


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Transitional Services - The Mapleaf

Mapletree provides transitional services for all residents but a few have the opportunity to live in a small, fully furnished two-bedroom apartment adjacent to the group home.  The Mapleaf was added to Mapletree in 1997 to ease the transition to independent living.  Mapleaf residents continue to be part of Mapletree, but have more privileges, freedoms, expectations, and responsibilities than the other guys at Mapletree.  Residents must be at least 18 to be considered for the Mapleaf, and remain age-eligible until they turn 21.  Some residents have lived in the Mapleaf from a few months to more than a year, depending on goals for transition to independent living.

Upon graduation from Mapletree, some residents may be eligible for MAP (Mapletree Aftercare Program) - transitional services supported by their home county, with financial support for living expenses to support educational goals, employment goals, therapeutic services, health care needs, budgeting, and a successful transition to independent living.

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Mapletree Staff

The Director, Jon Brandt has been working with youth and families for more than 30 years. With an undergraduate degree in psychology (SCSU), and Master's degree (University of Wisconsin-Madison) in social work, Jon is nationally accredited by the Academy of Certified Social Workers, a licensed mental health professional (Minnesota LICSW), and a clinical member of ATSA.  Jon has worked in shelter care, correctional programs, residential treatment, and supervised foster homes.  He's been a child protection social worker, and has more than twenty-five years experience as a therapist with adolescent sex offenders.  He has provided expert testimony in numerous juvenile court hearings, promoted new legislation and spoken on child welfare matters before the Minnesota Legislature. He has presented workshops on a wide range of topics including understanding anger, and working with sex offenders, at local, state, and national conferences, in addition to interviews on Twin Cities TV and radio.  He is the founder, Director and provides clinical supervision at Mapletree, does training and consulting, and provides individual, group, and family therapy in private practice.  Jon can be reached at Mapletree or by e-mail at:

Mapletree's reputation and success is due to great staff, both past and present.  The Mapletree staff currently includes the Director, Counseling Staff: Brian Hurt, Tony Mayer, Amanda Briones, Susan Hauck, Andy Peterson, Daniel Bubna, John Cleaveland, Howie Abram, Brian Anderson, Amber Harrison; Administrative Assistant Melanie Raine; Staff Psychologist Paul Sterlacci; Nursing Consultant Monique Mayer; Mapledog Gilmore; Maplekitty Rico; and a very large extended family!  

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College Internship

Mapletree has been approved as a field placement for social work internships at the University of Minnesota, Augsburg, and St. Thomas/St. Kate's.  We are only accepting graduate student (MSW) internships at this time.  Mapletree will have a representative at the Field Fair at the U of M in the spring of 2014.  For information see field placement information or the coordinator at your college or contact the Director, Jon Brandt, MSW, LICSW at Mapletree.

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Career Opportunities

Mapletree has been working successfully with at-risk teenage boys, and building a good reputation in the professional communities of juvenile corrections, social services, and mental health since 1991.  Mapletree can provide an excellent vantage point in which to learn about juvenile corrections, social services, child welfare, mental health, and the treatment of a wide range of maladjustments of adolescence.  Most former Mapletree staff have found their experience at Mapletree to be excellent preparation for career advancement.  No one gets rich working in the social services, but the experience and job satisfaction can be very rewarding.  It's a chance to make a difference with kids that need a chance.

Mapletree is particularly interested in high energy, outgoing, engaging individuals that enjoy working as part of a team, understand teenagers (to the extent anyone can), and have the skills to develop rapport and command respect from at-risk teenage boys.  Because we provide residential-based services to kids who have a broad range of needs, the staff that we hire need to be able to accommodate a broad range of shifts and responsibilities.  Successful candidates must be able to pass a background check conducted by the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, as required by state law.

We currently have a job opening for:

Program Assistant (Part time; one to three overnights per week)

Please review the position(s) before sending a resume:


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To Contact Us at Mapletree

Openings for boys:  Mapletree may have openings!
Please call about current or future openings.  Referrals can be made by calling and talking to any staff person.  

Call us at: (651) 777-7722

Referral material may be emailed to:

 Resumes can be emailed to:

 General email may be sent to:

Email the Director at:


Correspondence may be mailed to:


2831 Southlawn Drive
Maplewood, MN 55109

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