The Minneapolis Youth Congress (MYC) 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 and passed by the Minneapolis Youth Congress in each of our jurisdictions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 612.673.2346 (attn: MYC).
For all other questions regarding the Minneapolis Youth Congress , please call 612.673.2060. The resolution and application can be found below.
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 Police Department
• Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board
Membership and Structure
• 50-60 members
• 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
On the evening of Nov. 8, 2018 the Minneapolis Youth Congress held its 12th annual Oath of Office Ceremony at City Hall. Family, friends and elected officials including: Mayor Jacob Frey, Judge David Piper and MPRB Interim Superintendent Mary Merrill gathered together to welcome in the 2018-19 MYC co-hort.
MYC youth and youth from the Neighborhood Hub had the opportunity to learn about water, specifically the quality of water in Minneapolis verses bottled water from the Water Bar& Public Studio located in Northeast. This education and training is all in preparation for the Minneapolis Health Department's "ReTHINK your Drink SLOW ROLL" event this Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at Commons Park.
On Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 the Minneapolis Youth Congress welcomed in its 2017-18 cohort at its 11th annual Oath of Office held at City Hall. Over 40 youth were sworn in at the ceremony that night, with the help of Judge David Piper and MPS Board of Education Director Don Samuels.