Minnesota Alliance with Youth

Policy

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NATIONAL FUNDING FOR AmeriCorps

On May 23, the White House released their full FY18 budget proposal, which provides a small amount of funding to support the shutdown of the Corporation for National and Community Service over the course of the next year. Contact your members of Congress today and urge them to protect funding for national service. Let them know how important these programs are to your community.

Contact 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.

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!

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

GradMinnesota

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)

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.