Youth voice as Law

Through their work at the state legislature, the MYC is the official voice for youth to the MN State Legislature and the Governor (passed into law in 2013)!  Read more about the work of the Minnesota Youth Council at the Capitol.

The MYC members hear testimony on bills related to education and young people 2-3 times each legislative session.  After each meeting, the MYC develops and sends feedback letters to the authors of each bill heard.

Watch: MYC Legislative Committee meetings

*Thanks to the co-authors of MYC’s 2021 legislative funding request- HF1314 Tell YOUR representatives that youth voice at the Capitol is essential and ask them to support HF1314/SF1818.

2021 MYC Testimony at the Legislature

May 3, 2021 House Education Conference Committee (Omnibus Education Finance Bill); Salma Abdi, Sahasra Molleti and Isabelle Wong (testimony starts at 1:58:50)

March 18, 2021 HF 1644 (Flexible Learning Year and Distance Learning) – Salma Abdi (testimony starts at 56:02) and Eric Li (testimony starts at 59:00)

March 10, 2021 HF 1721 (Tobacco Tax Changes- e-cigarette)– Eric Li (testimony starts at 30:00)

March 4, 2021 HF1314 (Minnesota Youth Council funding)– Ava Kalenze, Paula Akakpo, Bridget Westrom, Weston Loughmiller, Neese Parker, and D’Andre Gordon (testimony on HF1314 starts at 18:34)- written testimony submitted by various youth and community members as well as Secretary of State Steve Simon

Feb 24, 2021 SF1044 (Student Unemployment Benefits)- written testimony submitted by the Minnesota Youth Council

Feb 24, 2021 HF358 (Comprehensive Sex Education)– Ava Kalenze (starts at 15:55), with written testimony submitted by Kaycie Brookens

Feb 16, 2021 HF168 (Cumulative Pollution Analysis Requirement)- Adri Arquin (starts at 31:35)

Feb 10, 2021 HF358 (Comprehensive Sex Education)– Ava Kalenze (starts at 14:57) and Trinity Hanif (starts at 20:20)

Feb 3, 2021 HF375 (Youth Mental Health)– Liv Steen (starts at 1:12:27) and Juwaria Jama (starts at 1:17:39)

Jan 27, 2021 HF217 (Increase Teachers of Color Act)–  Salma Abdi (starts at 39:10)

Jan 12, 2021 House Education Finance Committee (First Meeting of the Session)- Jaden Henderson, Karen Guise, Katelyn Dorry, Salma Abdi and Kacyie Brookens

House Education Finance Committee (January 12, 2021)

April 26, 2021 Feedback letters


February 24 & 25, 2020 Feedback Letters

April 26, 2019 Feedback Letters

February 28, 2019 Feedback LEtters

January 17, 2019 house education finance committee

Hear members of the Minnesota Youth Council testify in front of the House Education Finance Committee on January 17th, 2019- the MYC was invited to share their insights and opinions into the issues most impacting our state’s young people!

April 20, 2018 Feedback LEtters

MYC Funding Bill Hearing- April 13, 2018


April 21st, 2017 Feedback Letters