Youth Congress

Minneapolis Youth Congress

"No Decision About Us Without Us"
The Minneapolis Youth Congress is a representative body of youth that has authentic power and influence in decisions and policies relevant to youth. The Minneapolis Youth Congress works in collaboration with elected officials focusing on a common understanding of the welfare of the youth in the City of Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Youth Congress Advises:

  • City of Minneapolis
  • Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • Hennepin County
  • The Minneapolis Libraries in the Hennepin County Library System
  • Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board

Membership and Structure

  • 55 members (5 youth x 11 planning districts)
  • 8th - 12th grade
  • 1 year - 2 year term
  • Full congress meets six times a year
  • Committees meet twice a month
  • Congress housed in the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board


  • Education
  • Housing
  • Safety
  • Employment
  • Transportation
  • Health

The Minneapolis Youth Congress (MYC) members met for the first time on October 25, 2007 at the Minneapolis Central Library.  They were collectively presented with brown MYC t-shirts with the No Decision About Us, Without Us! theme on each of their backs.  The youth were joined by elected officials from the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board endorsing this great movement for the City of Minneapolis in youth leadership, voice and power. 

Elected officials addressing the youth included Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman, Mayor RT Rybak, Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden and Minneapolis School Board Director Peggy Flanagan.  

Read the resolution that created the Minneapolis Youth Congress.

How to Apply
If you are interested or a young person you know is interested in applying to be a member of the Minneapolis Youth Congress, please complete an application and return it to or fax to 612.673.2346 (attn: MYC).

For all other questions regarding the Minneapolis Youth Congress , please call 612.673.2708.