Minnesota Alliance with Youth

Activities and Events

Young people and adults share their experiences at a recent statewide summit.

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

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!

The Power of Relationships Webinar, October 13, 1pm, this 1-hour webinar featuring Dr. Jonathan Zaff, executive director of the Center for Promise and Angela Jerabek, executive director of the BARR Center, will focus on the role of supportive relationships and how the implementation of practical strategies and policies can help all students succeed in high school and beyond.

Early/Middle College Summit: Opportunity Youth For MN’s Emerging Workforce, October 14 at Saint Paul College, hosted by Minnesota Alliance for Early/Middle College Success. Come learn about how the Early/Middle College program is at the nexus of possibility for re-engaging dropouts and solving the workforce talent crisis facing our state in 2020.

Beyond Parent Involvement: Working to Engage and Partner Effectively With Families in School and Out of School, November 1st, Commons Hotel, Minneapolis.  This free event will feature panel discussions that focus on defining parent engagement, identifying effective family engagement strategies that are successful, and common challenges from multiple perspectives. Sign up HERE.


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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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