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Minnesota Youth Council

The Minnesota Youth Council (MYC) mobilizes middle and high school students across the state to create equitable systems through youth led outreach, education, and advocacy.

Young people in Minnesota: Apply for a Youth Voice Service Mini Grant to recieve up to $350 to support a youth-led project in one of these 4 areas: Juvenile Justice, Education Equity, Environmental Justice, and Health and Wellness.  Learn more and apply today!


The Minnesota Youth Council envisions a state that prioritizes the agency and voice of young people from all backgrounds.  The Minnesota Youth Council is a platform from which representatives 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. Check out our 2020 Annual Report to the Legislature to learn about all of the work that the Minnesota Youth Council has done this past year!

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.


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


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


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!)

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