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Minneapolis Youth Congress

The Minneapolis Youth Congress (MYC) met for the first time on October 25th, 2007. They have since gone on to help various organizations with multiple projects — such as helping Hennepin County with their annual Teen Job & Opportunity Fair and helping the Minneapolis Health Department with their smoke-free initiative. MYC is currently made up of fifty 8th-12th grade students. This page will be updated as MYC continues to do great work around the city.

Learn More About MYC

QR Code to MYC Digital Appliation

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LaToya Balogun

LaToya Balogun

Director of Youth Operations

Phone: 612-673-3457

Recent MYC Activity & Other News

Interested in joining MYC? We bring in new passionate & caring youth every year! 


2022 Teen Job Fair a Success

On April 30, 2022 we helped host the Minneapolis Teen Job & Opportunity Fair. The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board hosted us at their headquarters on a rainy day, but that didn't stop a bunch of youth and families from coming out to power up their summer job search. Uncle Franky's food truck came out and provided lunch for everyone in attendance as well. A big thanks to all the employers that came out to share exciting summer opportunities with young people; Minneapolis Parks for sharing their space; CPED for taking the lead on planning the event; and to the Minneapolis Youth Congress for adding youth voice to the planning and providing entertainment the day of the event. Please check out the photo gallery. 

How We View It Podcast

The "How WE View It" Podcast by Minneapolis Youth Congress

Our Minneapolis Youth Congress have a new podcast titled How WE View It. It's a podcast that focuses on Minneapolis stories but from a youth perspective. The show was an idea created by Gisell Ayala over summer 2020 after the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis when it was important to hear everyone's voices. We're so very grateful that these amazing youth are willing to share their stories and voices with us. Please check it out, leave a review and share it with your network! 

HERE is a link to their Spotify page

LatinoLEAD Highlights Ramiro Vazquez Jr.'s Youth Work

We're always thrilled when youth work and youth workers get acknowledged. We get extra excited when the person being acknowledged is a part of the YCB family. Our very own Ramiro Vazquez Jr. was recently highlighted in a LatinoLEAD piece. A big thanks to LatinoLEAD for sharing this story and thanks to Ramiro for all the great work he does! 

Find full article HERE

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MYC Asks Mental Health Experts Questions

There is a lot going on in the world and especially here in Minneapolis. With so much going on, how do we properly identify these feelings and know if what we are feeling inside is healthy? The Minneapolis Youth Congress decided to track down some answers so they reached out to mental health experts at school-based clinics in Minneapolis. They asked questions like — Are these feelings good or bad? What is the normal amount of anxiety? What are some tips to prevent anxiety?

You can find our first 2 videos on the side or you can visit our YouTube page to watch our new mental health videos and many other videos. CLICK HERE for our YouTube page. 

Celebrating Our 2020 MYC Graduates

Graduation this year looks very different for seniors, but that shouldn't stop us from celebrating their accomplishments. In fact, we should be lifting up this year's graduating class even more because of the challenges they face as they transition to the next phase of their lives. We have an amazing class of Minneapolis Youth Congress members graduating this year and moving on to new endeavors. Thank you for all that you do and congrats! 

Full Article Here

YCB & MYC Members Highlighted By St. Thomas University

"No decision about us, without us!" Ramiro Vazquez Jr. — our Youth Development Specialist — and Chelsea Chingwe of MYC were highlighted in this recent article by St. Thomas University. We thank Ramiro & Chelsea for all the contributions and St. Thomas University of acknowledging their work. Find the FULL ARTICLE HERE