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.
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.
The Minnesota Youth Council focuses their voices, impact and effort on two critical areas; Policy and Education.Learn about the Focus Areas
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!)