Minnesota Alliance with Youth



Advocate for AmeriCorps Funding Nationally

On March 16, 2017, the White House released their FY18 budget which calls for the elimination for the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps.  We need you to take action today! Use this simple form to contact your elected officials .

Make phone calls to Congress using this easy tool from Voices for National Service.

We have strong messaging to support AmeriCorps! Please feel free to reference this document for your outreach efforts.

Advocate for State Funding for AmeriCorps Promise Fellows

The Alliance is requesting funding from the Minnesota Legislature to support AmeriCorps Promise Fellows. Currently Reading Corps, Math Corps, and College Possible all receive state funds to support their AmeriCorps members. You can help our efforts to support Promise Fellows!

Email your State Representative that serves the district where your AmeriCorps member/s serve. Ask them to support HF1027. Use the template provided and this website to find your elected official. You can also tweak this template to email your own elected officials too!

Email your State Senator that serves the district where your AmeriCorps member/s serve and ask them to support SF1606, and use this template to reach out with your support!

Advocate for State Funding for the Minnesota Youth Council

We are pleased to share that we have introduced legislation to provide state funding for the Minnesota Youth Council: SF1579 and HF1798.  Please reach out to your Senators and Representatives and ask that they recognize the importance of youth voice in Minnesota by supporting these bills!

Promise Fellow Host Site Resources

The Alliance is happy to support Promise Fellow host sites in building relationships with their local elected officials! Please utilize this toolkit to help with your outreach efforts.

Elected Official Site Visit Invitation Template

Elected Official Site Visit FAQ

Find Your MN Elected Official


Minnesota continues to have one of the worst achievement gaps in the country between white students  and students of color, as well as major differences in high school graduation rates based on race, special needs and socio-economic factors. GradMinnesota’s vision is that ALL young people in Minnesota graduate from high school prepared for success in postsecondary opportunities, work, civic engagement and life. Our recommendations focus on ensuring that Minnesota attains a 90% graduation rate for all students by 2020.

GradMinnesota! Policy Recommendations

GradMinnesota! Expanded Policy Recommendations

Minnesota Youth Council

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.  Read more about the work of the Minnesota Youth Council Committee here!

On April 21st, the MYC heard testimony on the following four bills, with responses below:

SF570 PSEO Provisions and Graduation Incentives Program (Sen. Nelson)

SF1722 Somali community development pilot grant program (Sen. Abeler)

SF323 Drivers license applicants automatic voter registration (Sen. Laine)

SF1793 Minnesota Civic Education Coalition grants appropriation (Sen. Cwodzinski)

On March 21st, as part of Youth Day at the Capitol, the MYC heard testimony from legislators on four bills.  Below are the Council’s responses to each bill heard.

HF276 Homeless Student Additional Support (Rep. David Bly)

SF474 Youth Skills Training Program (Sen. Anderson, presented by Amy Walstien of Minnesota Precision Manufacturing)

HF1255 School linked mental health services (Rep. Roz Peterson)

HF181 State aid for school districts with low general education revenue per pupil and low property wealth per pupil (Rep. Eric Lucero)

On January 27th, 2017, the MYCC heard testimony on three bills.  Below are the Council’s responses to the bills heard.  Watch the video of the MYC Committee hearing from each of the bill’s authors.

HF116 Affirmative Consent Policies (Rep. Erin Murphy)

HF 41 Student Physical Privacy Act (Rep. Duane Quam)

HF 23 Student Religious Liberties (Rep. Duane Quam) 

On April 15th, 2016 the MYCC heard testimony on several bills in the House and Senate.  Below are the Council’s responses to the bills heard.

SF 2898 Student Inclusion and Engagement Act (Senator Sandra Pappas)

SF 1364 Student Support Services Personnel Grant (Senator Susan Kent)

SF 2234 Charter School Authorization (Senator Kevin Dahle)

SF 3003 Increase Teacher Diversity (Senator Terri Bonoff)

Youth Day at the Capitol took place on March 29th, 2016. Below are the Council’s responses to the bills heard.

HF 1497 Civics Grad Test (Rep. Urdahl)

SF 1017 Afterschool Funding (Sen. Dahle)

SF 990 Student Achievement Backpack (Sen. Wiger)

SF 206 Voter Preregistration at age 17 (Sen. Carlson, Sen. Simon)

On April 17th, 2015, the MYCC held their third and final committee meeting of the 2015 session.  Below are the Council’s responses to the bills heard.

HF391 (voter pre-registration for 17 year-olds) (Rep. Urdahl)

SF473 (teacher licensure) (Sen. Pratt)

SF994 (juvenile justice provisions) (Senator Ron Latz, with testimony from Sarah Davis of the Legal Rights Center, and Chris Land, U of M Law student.)

HF197 (school board authorization of flexible learning year programs) (Rep. Tim Miller)

On March 13th, 2015, the MYCC heard testimony on four bills.  Below are the Council’s responses to the bills heard.

HF485/486 (alcohol consumption by individuals under 21) (Rep. Kahn)

HF581 Homeless Youth Act (Rep. Wills)

SF1017 (afterschool funding) (Senator Dahle)

HF394 (service-learning grant program) (Rep. Freiberg)

On January 30th, 2015 the MYCC heard testimony on several bills in the House and Senate.  Below are the Council’s responses to the bills heard.

SF5 (education pipeline) (Senator Bonoff)

SF3 (loan forgiveness for rural health professionals) (Senator Clausen)

SF76 (funding for school maintenance) (Senator Dahle)

HF40 (transportation funding) (Representatives Persell/Marquart) 

HF2 (last in first out) (Representative Loon)

Alliance Policy Agenda

To learn more about the policy work the Alliance is supporting throughout MN and nationally, please read our policy agenda.

If you have any policy related questions, please contact Kori Redepenning, Chief Strategy Officer, at kredepenning@mnyouth.net.