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Minnesota Youth Council

The Minnesota Youth Council (MYC) is a collaboration of youth and adults working together to empower and mobilize young people across the state to exercise their voices, opinions and ideas and take action on issues affecting youth.

MYC applications for 2019-2020 closed on April 15th. Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram @mnyouthcouncil to stay up to date with MYC happenings, and we hope you consider applying next year. Sign up for the Alliance’s email newsletter to be notified when applications become live.



The Minnesota Youth Council seeks to engage young people in practicing and honing a number of skills and offer opportunities for civic and youth engagement.  The Minnesota Youth Council is a platform from which members amplify the voice and power of young people in Minnesota.  Members are trained in critical thinking, public speaking and leadership skills necessary to act as representatives of youth and change agents in their communities and across the state.

Interested in partnering with the Minnesota Youth Council?  Please fill out our Project Proposal Form!  (and check out this article by Youthprise on effective youth engagement & partnership)

In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature formally recognized the work of the Minnesota Youth Council, passing into law the Minnesota Youth Council Committee Bill, which established the council as the “voice of youth” to the state legislature and the Governor- the only legislatively mandated youth council of its kind in the country!

Youth-Adult Partnership Model

Minnesota Youth Council uses a youth-adult partnership model that stresses the importance of adults and young people sharing power. Adults help youth members prepare, reflect, advocate, and collaborate on planning and programming.

Key initiatives

The Minnesota Youth Council focuses their voices, impact and effort on two critical areas; Policy and Education.

Learn about the Focus Areas


MYC members plan events each year that highlight the voices and talents of young people. Stay up to date with the MYC’s activities by following us on Instagram and Twitter.

MYC Projects


Through their work at the state legislature, the MYC acts as a voice for youth to the legislature and the governor.  Minnesota Youth Council members hear testimony on bills related to young people and develop feedback letters to the authors of each bill heard.

(Check out the MYC featured on tpt’s Almanac show in 2015- starts at minute 13:30!)

Learn more

Check out our monthly newsletters to learn more about our work: