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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.

Minnesota Youth Council applications for 2019-2020 are now open for next year’s 8-12th graders!
Applications are due April 15th at 11:59 pm.
NEW this year: all Youth Member applicants must apply with an Adult Partner. If you are a Youth Member applicant and don’t have anyone in mind, use this resource to start networking.
Youth Member Application
Adult Partner Application
Questions? Email Bailey at bboelter@mnyouth.net


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!

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.


MYC members serve on student-led Policy and Education committees to exercise their voice and spread their ideas across the state of Minnesota.

Learn about the Committees


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: