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Minnesota Youth Council

The MYC is a diverse body of youth, representing a broad swathe of opinions, perspectives, and lived experiences from across the state of Minnesota. It is an avenue for youth to collaborate, compromise and build shared agreement and understanding.

Apply to the Minnesota Youth Council  MYC Representative Position Description

The Voice of Youth in Minnesota

Two young women sitting at a table.The MYC serves as liaison between young people, youth-led and youth-serving organizations, and state policymakers and the Governor and Lt. Governor. They are the statutorily-created “voice of youth” in Minnesota and expand opportunities for ALL young people in Minnesota to have their voices heard and input considered.

The MYC envisions a state where decisions that impact youth are made WITH and BY young people.  Check out our 2023 MYC Annual Report to learn about all of the work that the Minnesota Youth Council has done this past year!

Learn about the role of a Minnesota Youth Council Representative. 

A Seat at the Table

In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature formally recognized the work of the Minnesota Youth Council, passing into law the Minnesota Youth Council Bill, which established the MYC as the official voice of youth to the state legislature and the Governor!

Per Minnesota Statute, the MYC plays an important role in the creation of legislation in the state, tasked with the following privileges: 

  1. select introduced bills for consideration for a public hearing;
  2. propose youth legislation;
  3. provide advisory opinions to the legislature on bills; and
  4. prepare a youth omnibus bill.

creating youth centered systems

The MYC is an accessible avenue for young people to understand and navigate how decisions are made at the state level and how they can influence the process. The MYC advocates for broad systems change that places young people in meaningful positions in the conversations and spaces where decisions are being made about their lives, both at the capitol and beyond. 

Youth Advocacy

Key initiatives

Based on community input and surveys of young people, the Minnesota Youth Council members focus their impact on four issue areas: Health and Wellness, Environmental Justice, Education Equity, and Juvenile Justice.

Learn about the Focus Areas

Projects

MYC members plan events and projects 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

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