Each year, 36 young people serve as Youth Representatives in the Minnesota Youth Council, representing each of Minnesota’s 8 Congressional Districts. There are 4 Youth Representatives for each Congressional District, 4 At-Large members, and a corresponding group of Adult Partners that support their work.
To contact any of the Minnesota Youth Council representatives, please email email@example.com, with the name of the council member in the subject line.
Congressional District 1
Dominick Lund-May, Sophomore at Fairmont Junior/Senior High School
Dominick joined the MYC because he wanted to be a voice for the students in his town, and in his community. He is involved in many things at his high school. Not only is he involved in speech, debate, math league, and knowledge bowl, he is also o a member of the soccer and tennis teams, and an active member of his church congregation.
Paige Friedrich, Junior at Kasson Mantorville High School
Paige joined the Minnesota Youth Council with hopes of representing the unique perspective of rural Minnesota, as well as participating in legislation that will affect her generation and generations to come. Some of Paige’s goals as a representative are to obtain more leadership experience and to gain more knowledge of issues affecting youth and what she can do to help solve these issues. She is passionate about issues regarding health disparities and inequities, mental health, and education equity.
Congressional District 2
Sahasra Molleti, Junior at Eastview High School
Sahasra enjoys participating in a wide variety of activities such as volleyball, student council, debate, and more. She is passionate about women’s rights, increasing education opportunities, helping the homeless, and taking care of the environment.
Aaimah Khawaja, Junior at Lakeview North High School
Aaimah is a member of her school’s Muslims Student Association, Speech Team, and National Honors Society. She is a Food Shelf Volunteer at South Metro Islamic Center. She has always found it extremely difficult to see injustices occurring around her prevail, with little to no action being taken in her community to put an end to it.
Megan Burri, Freshman at Eastview High School
Megan joined the MYC because she is passionate about uplifting local communities. She wants people like her to know the importance of embracing who you are no matter what. She is involved in speech and debate and plays the piano.
Aisha Ibrahim, Junior at Eagan High School
Aisha is a full time PSEO student at Inver hills community college. She strives to be active within the community, serving as a volunteer at her local mosque, and is a reading and math tutor to elementary school kids. She cares greatly about addressing BIPOC, achievement gaps, vaping prevention, as well as increasing the amount of teachers of color. At school, she is driven to make change. She’s involved in student government and is one of the co-presidents of her school’s women in STEM club, and is the treasurer of the multicultural student Union. She also serves as a student representative to her school’s curriculum and instruction advisory council. In her free time, she likes to work out, go for runs, make art, and watch movies!
Congressional District 3
Sage Hartman, Junior at Wayzata High School
Sage is passionate about environmental awareness. Sage cares deeply about racial equity and inclusion in education. Sage states, “I joined youth council because I want to make a difference within my school and Minnesota as a whole. Ever since I heard about Minnesota Youth Council I’ve wanted to join so I can give back to my community by using my voice to work towards change.”
Adonai Yidnekachew, Sophomore at Chaska High School
Adonai joined the MYC because it allowed her to take another step in the journey towards advocacy and awareness for social issues that affect students all over Minnesota. She is a member of her school’s Speech and Cross Country teams, and is a Talk Show Host and Events/Resources Co-Director for ARCC.
Maryjane Iteghete, Junior at Park Center High School
Maryjane joined the MYC to work with and learn from other youth leaders who are also working towards the betterment and advancement of our communities. She serves on her school’s Student Advisory Committee, is on the Varsity Soccer team, is president of the Black Student Union, and a member of Youth Environmental Activists.
Sidarth Gazula, Senior at Wayzata High School
Sidarth applied for the MYC in order to enact change in his community and learn from other passionate teens–not adults! He is a Student Advisory Committee Member of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, a member of the Dean Phillips Student Advisory Committee, a Senator on the Wayzata Student Council, and a coach with Chesstar.
Congressional District 4
Aila Brodd, Sophomore at Twin Cities AcademyMy name is Aila Maki Brodd and I live in St Paul, MN. I am very passionate about animal and environmental welfare and the preservation of wildlife and their natural habitats, as well as gender and racial equality, and equal educational opportunities for people of different economical backgrounds.
Ava Roots, Senior at Stillwater Area High School
Ava is passionate about the intersection of environmental and racial justice. Although sustainability is often only thought of as either a culmination of either inaccessible personal actions or sweeping global legislation, through Stillwater Changemakers, a student-led organization, she is passionate about creating accessible and meaningful change at the local level to build community and a planet for the future. Previously serving on a district-wide facilities planning committee, she also hopes to focus on the educational divide that students of color, especially, face to push for equitable resources and access throughout their school careers. In her free time, she enjoys speech, debate, and making garments and other items by hand.
Anish Valluri, Junior at Woodbury Math and Science Academy
Anish is passionate about spreading awareness for those in special education, and hopes to use his perspectives as a neurodivergent student to help change the stereotypes and issues that surround them. He participates in First Tech Challenge, cross country, track, and is the captain of the chess team.
Noah Yehalashet, Junior at Woodbury Math and Science Academy
Noah has presented the students at his school and youth in my community through many of my experiences and is eager to offer his skills and background to serve and represent the youth of the 4th Congressional District. He is Co-President of the Student Action Group, a Youth Researcher at SEARCH Institute and will be starting as a Student Member on the Board of Math and Science Academy this fall.
Congressional District 5
Naomi Teshome, Junior at St. Anthony Village High School“My name is Naomi Teshome, I’m sixteen and I go to St.Anthony Village Highschool as a junior. I represent CD5 whilst being in the subcommittee Juvenile Justice. By serving on the youth council, my motive is to implement the voices of those at a disadvantage when it comes to their class, race, gender or overall identity. Institutions and systems are built off of the backs of those who are not even able to benefit from it, therefore it is our responsibility to provide resources, information and a say in creating and reviewing policies that target or affect marginalized groups. Representing the youth is a privilege and it is with great honor that I can dismantle patterns of oppression, even if it is within my own community or state-wide. Change is still change, it can never be too small of an act.”
Sarah Ragoonanan, Junior at Hiawatha Collegiate High School Minneapolis“If I’m not educating people about the injustices in our state and country, I’m connecting my passion for social justice, climate change, and equality to my school work and continuing to use my voice in every way I can. Being a first generation Indo-Caribbean woman, I know what it’s like to be overlooked and pushed aside. I joined MYC to bring real representation to my community and speak up against the struggles that people like me know all too well. Bringing change is something I feel obligated to do and nothing would make me happier than making a difference so that in the future, youth of color can grow up without having to relive the same struggles as those before them. My determination and passion for those in my community will continue to push me to make this world a better place for my generation and those after them.”
Charlie Schmit, Junior at Washburn High School Minneapolis
At Washburn, Charlie participates in swimming, student council, site council, Model UN, and Integrate MPS (Minneapolis Public Schools). He has always been passionate about trying to improve the lives of other people, specifically in the process of making the Minneapolis school system more equal. He is also passionate about stopping the Line 3 oil pipeline which would cause mass pollution in Minnesota’s soil. This fall he is working as a city council campaign staffer and is looking towards a better policing system across the state. Lastly, he is passionate about the legalization of marijuana. He is very excited to be part of MYC!
Luka Jacobi-Khron, Junior at Edina High SchoolHe believes that young people must be given a chance to talk about real issues that affect them as it brings about change. The decisions made in local and national legislatures will have a direct impact on young people’s lives and everyone around them. He has enjoyed working in the political field especially for local campaigns. He joined the MYC to make a positive difference in his district and community.
Marsara Dunbar, Senior at Parnassus Preparatory School
Marsara joined the MYC to be a voice for those that do not have an opportunity or feel comfortable enough to voice the frustrations and problems they are experiencing and facing on a day to day basis. Marsara is part of her school’s volleyball team and serves as a representative on the Hennepin County Library Youth Advisory Committee. She is a strong advocate for education and racial equity, as well as mental health awareness & increasing resources for immigrants and other minorities.
Congressional District 6
Congressional District 7
Alya Nimis-Ibrahim, Senior at Bemidji High School
Alya competes on the varsity math league team and is a co-captain on the robotics team at Bemidji High School. She is passionate about global social justice issues, including the role of the U.S. military and diplomacy in international disputes, having lived in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. She aims to participate in local and national advocacy and attended the ACLU High School Advocacy Institute during the summer of 2020. She is serving her second year on the Minnesota Youth Council in order to gain the skills to make a positive difference in her community.
Congressional District 8
At Large Representatives
Grace Van Voorst, Junior at Northfield Senior High School
Grace says “Ever since I was young, advocacy and community service have been at the forefront of everything I do.” She finds the most peace being in positions where she can use her voice and perspective to enact change. Grace is on the Northfield Mayor’s Youth Council City and serves as the Public Relations Committee Chair, is a Northfield Youth Bank Board Member, is captain of the Mock Trial Varsity Opening Attorney and is a staff writer and editorial manager for Redefy.
Nithin Palani, Sophomore at Eden Prairie High School
As a Youth Representative, Nithin wants to bring in knowledge on the many diverse cultures in our state. He will listen to the many issues the youth in Minnesota are dealing with every day and use any means possible to help create a change. He is a member of the Eden Prairie Debate Team and is part of the Eden Prairie Speech team in the category extemporaneous speaking.
Kiran Leonard, Junior at Stillwater Area High School
Kiran’s grandparents taught him at a young age to always express his opinions to others, and allow them to then do the same. Kiran is a member of his school’s Speech and Debate teams and is president of Stillwater’s Amnesty International Club.
Mushtaq Hagi, High School JuniorMushtaq joined the MYC because she loved how active it is within communities and Minnesota in general. She is a member of her school’s student council and is active as a volunteer at her local masjid.