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Minnesota Youth Council 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 Twitter or Instagram.

Youth Education Leadership Summit 2018

Across the state, young people are in positions of leadership in their schools and communities, working within the same system and towards similar goals regarding education and equity.  However, we rarely have the opportunity to meet and collaborate directly. We know that strong youth voice, representation, and partnership is necessary in order to create a Minnesota that empowers ALL students.

To move us towards this goal, the Minnesota Youth Council will be hosting the very first Youth in Education Leadership Summit (YELS). Students across Minnesota grades 8 – 12 are invited to join us on September 29, 2018 for an exciting day full of trainings and workshops designed and facilitated by their peers. They will learn from one another on critical topics – such as working with local school boards, writing bills, and the creation of a Student Bill of Rights. We are also inviting parents, teachers, and community members to participate in our Adult Partner sessions track, where they will be able to learn directly from students how to best support them as they work to shape their experience in education. Lastly, we will be sharing the power of student voice with the broader community by closing the day with a student moderated Governor’s Forum on education, hosted in partnership with EdAllies.  Questions?  Email youthvoice@mnyouth.net

Youth Day at the Capitol

Each year, the Minnesota Youth Council helps to plan and host Youth Day at the Capitol.  The event connects youth, educators, and youth workers around the legislative process through training on advocacy, civic engagement, and leadership.

Check out our 2018 YDAC recap!

YDAC 2017 was presented by: Minnesota Alliance With Youth, Ignite AfterschoolMinneapolis YWCAMinnesota Civic Youth, the Minnesota Community Education Association, and the Minnesota History Center

Statement on School Safety

In 2018, in the wake of the Parkland School shooting, the members of the Minnesota Youth Council crafted and issued the following statement regarding school safety:

“The Minnesota Youth Council is the legislatively mandated voice of the youth of Minnesota, and as such, it has varied, unique and partisan individual voices. However, regardless of party lines, MYC members are in agreement that student safety and advocacy have always been and will remain non-partisan and massively important values. It is for this reason that the MYC would like to officially voice its support of the students rallying together, demanding that senseless acts of gun violence should never be a source of fear in public settings, most notably, in schools.”  Read the full statement. 

Mental Health and Mentoring

In 2016, the MYC partnered with Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota to develop a website about youth perspectives on mental health issues.  The site provides information on youth views on mental health, how mentors can support youth mental health, and more.

State of Using Documentary

The “State of Using” documentary was created by the MYC in response the 2013 MYC youth survey. In the survey, youth identified drug and alcohol abuse as a top issue facing youth in MN. Through the MYC’s mission to bring youth voice to discussions of community issues, this documentary highlights the voices of Noah, Matt, Leon, Alex and Kanesha and shows how substance abuse has impacted their lives.  The film was created, filmed, and edited by youth, and was made by the Minnesota Youth Council, in partnership with Intermedia Arts and Youthprise.

Watch State of Using2013 Youth Survey

One Voice Campaign

In 2012, Minnesota Alliance With Youth members and Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education launched a messaging campaign called, “One Voice.” One Voice communicates to Minnesota’s youth the importance of experiencing success in school, work and life – both now and in the future.

One Voice Video Channel