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!
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.
After passing the MYC Bill as a part of the House of Representatives’ Education Finance Omnibus Bill, the policy committee now works closely with and serves as an advisory group to Representatives Ward and Urdahl, Senators Dahle and Hall, and the MN State Legislature. Meeting at the Capitol several times throughout the year, the policy committee advises members of the legislature on youth-related bills and updates them on the work of the MYC.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH & DEVELOPMENT Committee
The MYC Community Outreach & Development Committee continues to create change in their communities. In February 2015 the committee awarded mini grants to 18 applicants for State of Using Viewing and Discussion Events, totaling $9,000. Additionally, the committee has made a $35,000 commitment to Bridge for Youth to support and provide youth advising on their text-for-help phone application and text messaging service. 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.” — Justice, 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.
For more information about the work of the Minnesota Youth Council, check out our 2015/16 Annual Report!