The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board (YCB) works with the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Schools, and Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board to develop cross-jurisdictional goals, strategies, policies and action for the well-being of Minneapolis children and young people. YCB engages young people, in part through YCB's Minneapolis Youth Congress, as well as community organizations, funders, community leaders, and the general public to realize our collective vision and goals for Minneapolis children and young people.
GOAL 1: All Minneapolis Children Enter Kindergarten Ready to be Successful in School.
GOAL 2: All Minneapolis Young People Graduate from High School on time.
GOAL 3: All Minneapolis Young People have Access to Safe, Quality Opportunities to Learn Outside of the Classroom.
GOAL4: All Minneapolis children and young people will build the grit, curiosity and character to contributing citizens and residents engaged in furthering their education, career and civic life.
Commitment to Young People
July 2nd, 2020
We join with countless others as we continue to mourn the senseless killing of George Floyd in the hands of Minneapolis Police on Monday May 25. Protests allowing our community a way to express our anger, hurt, pain, and fear have been critical to moving forward as a city and a people demanding justice.
We are so proud of the role that young people — particularly Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian American, Latinx and Immigrant Communities — have played and continue to play in leading and participating in protests and reform movements and in demanding justice. Young people have been at the forefront of social change throughout the history of the United States and the world. This time is no exception. We appreciate and lift up youth leadership and honor their bravery, passion, involvement and activism.
Young people prove every day that they are equal partners in leading in the fight for justice and equitable system reform. They come to the table with valuable experience and legitimate ideas for transformation. They also demand more of us when plans fall short of adequately addressing systemic oppression and white supremacy. Since white supremacy produces and reinforces trauma that damages healthy child and youth development, engagement in creating the transformative future of which we all speak is a key to healing.
We know the power of centering youth experience and voice. It is essential to the work of the YCB. Without the partnership of the Minneapolis Youth Congress, our work would lack vibrancy, relevancy and vitality. Simply put, it would not reflect the perspective of young people.
We call on public and private sectors to directly and intentionally include young people in decision-making and to respectfully acknowledge their significance in bringing about change. Let’s use this transformational time, this critical moment, to finally acknowledge the value of our young people and to include them as important leaders at the table. Lift up the motto of the Minneapolis Youth Congress – “No Decision About Us, Without Us” - as fundamental to transformational change.
In return, we at the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board commit to centering youth voices and sharing our expertise and experience in intentionally and authentically including young people as transformation moves forward.
This week, as we reflect on the values upon which our country is founded, let us take giant steps toward forming a more perfect union. Those of us who are not Black, Brown or Indigenous especially must act diligently and with speed in support of Black and Brown lives, to end white supremacy, police brutality and the clear systemic injustices as evidenced by inequities in health care, education, criminal justice and the economy. Acting together and with great dispatch is imperative if Black, Brown and Indigenous People can finally realize, without impediment, the ideals upon which the United States is founded.
As we move forward, let’s actualize the first words of the Declaration of Independence,
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all . . .are created equal by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
On March 18th, 2020 the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board gave a presentation on the YCB's history, structure and some of the work we do. The presentation was delivered to our board and closest partners. It was originally planned as an in-person meeting, but was changed to a Skype presentation due to COVID-19 concerns.
Since enactment by state legislation in 1985 the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board (YCB) has been leading a movement to actively and strategically engage the collaborative efforts of the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, community organizations and leaders, young people and the general public in realizing our collective vision for Minneapolis children and young people.
Our Vision: Minneapolis is a richly diverse city where every child is cherished, every talent nurtured, and every voice respected; where no child or youth is hungry, homeless, hurting or afraid; where children, youth and families are celebrated and supported; where youth and adults treasure what they offer to one another; and where young people grow to enrich their community now and into the future.
Our Mission: To champion the health, safety, education and development of Minneapolis’ children and young people through collective action and policy alignment.
Together, we will make Minneapolis the best city for children, young people and families.
Youth Coordinating Board's 25th Anniversary Mural (2010)
Founded in 1985 through the leadership of Mayor Don Fraser at the urging of Superintendent Richard Greene, the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board (YCB) continues to remain a unique intergovernmental model that convenes and connects organizations in Minneapolis, across jurisdictions with the goal of implementing and coordinating policies, opportunities and services that benefit Minneapolis children and youth.
In 1987, the YCB embarked on City's Children: 2007, which would be the first of many successful YCB initiatives, including We Want You Back community-wide effort to re-enroll and help students finish high school, Way to GROW for early childhood development and the Step-Up program for summer youth employment (now both administered by independent agencies).
Nearly 30 years later the YCB implemented the Call to Action in 2012; a plan laying out the 4 goals needed to be achieved in order that Minneapolis become the best city in the United States for children and young people. An interjurisdictional team determined the primary focus areas for each of the goals which form the basis for the YCB’s work today and will into the future.
In 2014, the YCB launched the Minneapolis Afterschool Network ensuring that all Minneapolis young people have access to safe, quality opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. In addition to professional development opportunities for youth work professionals and a data base of information about the impact of afterschool activities on student success, it has its own website dedicated to connecting youth to afterschool programs and activities in Minneapolis called What's Up 612!
In the fall of 2015, the YCB released YCB Reports in conjunction with the Minneapolis Health Department. This report lays out critical demographic data about Minneapolis’ children and young people. The addition of Voices of Our Generation gives a very good picture of the City of Minneapolis in the voice of the young people of Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis Youth Congress is one of its most successful and important accomplishments of the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board. Established through a Youth Coordinating Board resolution followed by Minneapolis City Council, Hennepin County Commission, Minneapolis Public School Board and Minneapolis Park Board resolutions in 2006, the MYC is unique to the Youth Coordinating Board. The Minneapolis Youth Congress is constituted of fifty-five members, eighth through twelfth grade, from across the City giving them the opportunity to help ensure that, when the public jurisdictions consider policy and regulations impacting youth, there will be “no decision about us, without us” and has proven invaluable to elected officials and city leaders.