Minnesota Youth Council
Minnesota Youth Council is a collaboration of young people from across the state of Minnesota working together to empower and mobilize the 325,000+ middle and high school aged people to work towards a Minnesota where no decision is made about them without them!
Minnesota Youth Council seeks to engage young people in practicing and honing a number of skills and offer opportunities for civic and youth engagement. Minnesota Youth Council is a platform from which members 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!
Who is the Minnesota Youth Council?
Youth-Adult Partnership Model
Minnesota Youth Council uses a youth-adult partnership model, where youth and adults actively collaborate to create change. This model stresses the importance of adults and young people sharing power. Adults help youth members prepare for, reflect on, and travel to meetings, advocate for youth when youth themselves are not able to, and collaborate on planning and programming.