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

June GradMinnesota Meeting
When: Thursday, June 15, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m
Where: Minnesota Department of Education (Conference Center A, Room 1&2)

The focus of this meeting is on GradMN Recommendation #3 –  Increase Mentoring Throughout the State!

Guest Speaker Michael Goar, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, will share information on the state of mentoring in Minnesota today.


April 20, 2017: Feature Topic: GradMinnesota Recommendation #1 Ensure Quality Data is Available and Used to Effectively Target Supports for Students

February 9, 2017: Feature Topic: GradMinnesota Recommendation #5 Replace Exclusionary Discipline Policies and Practices with More Effective Alternatives

November 17, 2016

July 21, 2016

May 19, 2016

January 21, 2016

November 19, 2015

September 24, 2015

June 25, 2015

April 23, 2015

Monthly Enewsletter


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


At the Promise Fellow Midyear Retreat in February 2016, GradMinnesota presented information on four Priority Recommendations (using data, providing a multi-tiered system of supports, mentoring, and replacing exclusionary discipline practices). Participants were invited to provide examples of best practices related to the recommendations on “Bright Spot” cards. This list is intended to be a resource for individuals interested in finding out more about these strategies for engaging young people in school and keeping them on the path to graduation and postsecondary success. Click here to see the Bright Spots List.

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.

Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, America’s Promise Alliance and State Farm for their support of this initiative!


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