The Minnesota Youth Council works through three standing youth-led committees; Policy, Community Outreach & Development, and Education. MYC members serve on one or more of these committees to exercise their voice and 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. The Committee held it’s first meeting of the 2017 Legislative Session on January 27th and heard from Representatives Quam, Maye Quade, Ward and Murphy. Watch the video of the Committee in action!
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.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & Outreach Committee
The MYC Community Outreach & Development Committee is partnering with Youthprise and YouthBank to design and implement a youth-driven philanthropy process to award funding to projects impacting teen substance abuse.
In 2015, the CDO Committee awarded mini grants to 18 applicants for State of Using Viewing and Discussion Events, totaling $9,000. In 2016, the committee worked with Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota to develop a website about youth perspectives on mental health issues.
“Having the opportunity to be a part of this council and working to be sure rural youth voices are heard will make me a better leader.” — Youth Member, District 8
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 Education Committee is working to create a Student Bill of Rights.
For more information about the work of the Minnesota Youth Council, check out our 2015/16 Annual Report!