Minnesota Alliance with Youth

Activities and Events

Summit Lunch

Since 2013, GradMinnesota has partnered with key stakeholders in Minnesota to convene local and statewide summits.  The events bring together youth, educators, community members and leaders, and policy makers to discuss the issues most affecting you and develop strategies for action.

Upcoming Events

Restorative Practices: June 20-24, Fair School, 3915 Adair Avenue North, Crystal, MN  55422. The Minnesota Department of Education School Safety Technical Assistance Center, in partnership with the Legal Rights Center, is offering trainings on Restorative Practices in Schools.  A restorative school is centered on relationships, building community and repairing harm. Multiple practices provide multi-tiered levels of support for students, staff and family. These trainings include experiential instruction, training materials, and lunch and morning refreshments,.

2016 Reaching the Wounded Student Conference June 26-29, 2016 Embassy Suites Orlando-Lake Buena Vista South, Kissimmee, FL. Are you familiar with trauma-informed education? Do you know how to identify, and treat with compassion and effectiveness, students who are victims of sporadic or chronic trauma? Are you yourself in danger of compassion fatigue? Plan to attend this conference to learn skills and strategies that will help reach wounded students. A limited call for proposals to present will open soon.

be@school School Engagement Conference August 4th, 2016, TCF Bank Stadium.  This year’s conference will focus on the role of both counties and districts across the state in supporting attendance. Particular attention will be focused on collaboration with counties, schools and communities. This event will inform practice for school social workers, school administrators, county child welfare staff and child welfare advocates and attorneys.  Registration coming soon!

2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference October 2-5, 2016, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI.  Make plans to attend now. Check out motivational speaker Eric Thomas, with a video invitation to this conference on the Home page!


January 21, 2016

November 19, 2015

September 24, 2015

June 25, 2015

April 23, 2015


For more information on the subcommittees, or to become involved, please contact the appropriate co-chair:

Steering Committee: Contact Sarah Dixon, Minnesota Alliance With Youth

Strategy Committee: Contact Cammy Lehr, Minnesota Alliance With Youth

  • Legislative Advocacy Subcommitee Co-Chairs: Kori Redepenning, Minnesota Alliance With Youth and Mai-Ahn Kapanke, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
  • Communication Subcommittee Co-Chairs: Kate Suchomel, Minnesota Alliance With Youth and TBA
  • Resource Library Subcommittee Co-Chairs: Cammy Lehr, Minnesota Alliance With Youth and TBA
  • Collective Impact Subcommittee Co-Chairs: Sarah Dixon, Minnesota Alliance With Youth and Roberto Reyes, Minnesota Department of Education

2014 Statewide Summit

On Friday, June 13th, over 200 youth and adults from across Minnesota gathered at Hamline University for the Statewide Summit: Ignite Youth Voice for Change.   Supported by a strategic partnership with Minnesota Alliance With Youth, Minnesota Youth Council, youthrive and Youthprise, as well as State Farm, the event was a culmination of eight district summits during 2013 and 2014.  Ignite Youth Voice For Change brought together youth, community leaders, elected officials, nonprofits and Minnesota Youth Council members to share youth perspective, mobilize youth voice, celebrate ongoing work, hear from experts and gain new skills.

Past Congressional Summits

  • Carleton College in Northfield on November 6, 2013 (District 2)
  • Minnesota State University in Mankato on November 18, 2013 (District 1)
  • Lake Superior College in Duluth on November 23, 2013 (District 8)
  • Hamline University in St. Paul on December 10, 2013 (Districts 4 & 5)
  • St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud on January 13, 2014 (District 6) 
  • Bemidji State University in Bemidji on January 20, 2014 (District 7)
  • Chanhassen High School in Chanhassen on January 22, 2014 (District 3)

Check out this clip from “A Summit of Experts: Generating Solutions to Address Dropout and the Achievement Gap,” at Hamline University on Dec. 10, 2013.


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