The Minnesota Youth Council works through two youth-led committees; Policy and Education. MYC members serve on one of these committees to exercise their voice and spread their ideas across the state of Minnesota!
The MYC Policy Committee holds legislative meetings several times a year during the MN Legislative Session. Senators and Representatives are invited to present bills impacting youth and provide testimony to the full council. MYC members provide insight and feedback on the issues through the formal committee meetings and through feedback letters to the bill authors. Watch videos of the MYC Legislative Committee meetings and read recent feedback letters on proposed legislation.
Youth voice as law!
In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature formally recognized the work of the MYC, passing into law the Minnesota Youth Council Committee Bill, which establishes the MYC as a voice for youth to provide advice and recommendations to the legislature and the governor on issues affecting youth and to serve as a liaison for youth around the state to the legislature and the governor. The Minnesota Youth Council Committee selects bills in the House and Senate for consideration for a public hearing, proposes youth legislation, provides advisory opinions to the legislature on bills heard before the committee, and prepares a youth omnibus bill.
The Minnesota Youth Council education committee strives to ensure equal access to learning opportunities and increase the options available for students in order to create better educational experiences.
The Education Committee works in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Together, the youth on the Education Committee make up the Student Advisory Committee to the MDE, a group that advises the Commissioner of Education and other MDE staff on youth issues in education. In 2016, the Education Committee partnered with the Minnesota Department of Education’s School Safety Technical Assistance Center to implement bullying prevention and intervention strategies in schools across the state. In 2017, the committee authored a white paper on testing and discipline; “A User-Driven Education System in Minnesota Supplementing Standardized Tests with Comprehensive Needs Assessments and Community Developed Discipline Policies.”
For more information about the work of the Minnesota Youth Council, check out our 2016/17 Annual Report!