Minnesota Youth Council
The MYC is a diverse network of 72 eighth through twelfth-graders and adult partners from each congressional district who collaboratively identify and address youth issues. MYC members share their perspectives with policymakers, honing their critical thinking, public speaking, and leadership skills — addressing the dilemma that although young people can’t vote, they often face the consequences of policy decisions.
Since 2005, the MYC has recruited, trained, and coordinated this network, connecting members to local elected officials such as mayors, school superintendents, and city council members as well as legislators and policy-makers at the state level.
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What we do
Education and Outreach: MYC members educate and train each other, their peers, community members, and legislators on youth issues such as the opportunity gap. They also highlight the service-learning efforts of their peers through events such as Global Youth Service Day and the Red Wagon Awards.
Policy: MYC members are directly involved in policy-making. Annual events such as Youth Day at the Capitol and youth summits provide public venues for mobilizing other young people and disseminating unified messages.
Philanthropy: The MYC re-grants $50,000 to organizations, programs, or projects that support learning within and beyond the classroom. With support from Youthprise, (a Twin Cities-based youth development intermediary), young people fund efforts in their communities while learning about grant-making and management. Learn More »
How we work
The MYC functions as a youth-adult partnership. Both youth and adults have an equal say in making decisions, utilizing skills, and learning from one another. This cross-age partnership, which also involves the nonprofit youthrive and youth development intermediary Youthprise, is central to the MYC’s structure, mission, and goals.
The council consists of four youth and four adult members from each of Minnesota’s eight congressional districts. Additionally, four youth and four adult members are selected at large, for a total of 72 members.
District 2 – John Kline
District 3 – Erik Paulsen
District 4 – Betty McCollum
District 5 – Keith Ellison
District 6 – Michele Bachmann
District 7 – Collin Peterson
District 8 – Richard Nolan