Minnesota Youth Council

The Minnesota Youth Council (MYC), an initiative of Minnesota Alliance With Youth, is a diverse group of youth that represent the changing face of our state and provide much-needed youth perspective into issues throughout Minnesota. The council is a network of 36 youth in grades 8-12 (four from each Minnesota Congressional district and four at-large), and their adult partners. MYC members focus their work on two committees:
  • The Education Committee, which collaborates with the Minnesota Department of Education as the Student Advisory Committee, identifying educational needs and gaps for Minnesota students.
  • The Policy Committee, which advises and influences statewide legislation related to students and their educational experiences, through the Minnesota Youth Council Committee at the State Capitol.
The mission of the Minnesota Youth Council is to elevate and celebrate the voices and opinions of young people, especially those whose voices are not often heard. The MYC envisions that youth from all backgrounds can become effective leaders with agency and voice to inform decisions that most affect them, especially decisions that impact their education. The council believes that policy decisions impacting youth should be made with youth, utilizing their creativity in problem-solving. The MYC works to ensure the involvement of young people in ways that truly involve and incorporate their knowledge and opinions, a shift from many current engagement opportunities that tokenize their presence. The MYC’s leadership now will set precedence for the genuine inclusion of youth in education policy making for generations to come.

The Minnesota Department of Education partners with the MYC’s Student Advisory Committee to work towards ensuring equal access to learning opportunities and increase the options available for students in order to create better educational experiences. Together with MDE staff and leadership, the MYC Student Advisory Committee members work to advance equity, personalized and holistic education for all young people in Minnesota.

Let’s elevate and amplify youth voice in Minnesota! Reach out and share your thoughtful perspective with our Youth Council members using the interactive map below.

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