The Voice of Youth in Minnesota
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!
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:
- select introduced bills for consideration for a public hearing;
- propose youth legislation;
- provide advisory opinions to the legislature on bills; and
- 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
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
(Check out the MYC featured on tpt’s Almanac show in 2015- starts at minute 13:30!)