Since its inception, MYC has worked hard to make a difference in the lives of its peers and communities. With the help of elected officials in the city, schools, parks, county and police department MYC has been able to effectively create change. The most recent work of the MYC will be highlighted on the MAIN MYC PAGE, but this page will archive all the great work the MYC has done in the past.
The Minneapolis Youth Congress (MYC) has been one of the most important youth organizations for handful of years. They help with all sorts of initiatives around the city and we recently welcomed the class of 2019-20 with a special celebration. We invited a handful of special guests to speak about the importance of having a youth voice & presence in the community, welcomed family members to celebrate, and brought together youth supporters to fill City Hall with love. You'll find a full photo gallery of the 2019-20 Oath of Office celebration to the left.
Every year we welcome a new cohort of MYC members, but we also say bye to another. The graduating class of 2019 was a special one and celebrated their send off with 1 final gathering — oh, and with lots of cake! Thanks for all that you did and good luck with all future endeavors!
In June of 2017 the Minneapolis Youth Congress held its annual graduation party celebrating its seniors' completion of high school. Other MYC members and coordinators joined in on the festivities dining on homemade ribs and potatoes cooked by chef and MYC coordinator Johnell Hallman, as well as cake and sparkling cider. This year MYC said goodbye to seven seniors, who are now headed off to start their next chapter, college.
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.
In January of 2011 the Minneapolis Youth Congress partnered with Metro Transit to create a pilot project of 50 youth riders with "Go To" passes. The project was designed to give Metro Transit insight into the youth rider experience on Minneapolis Metro Transit buses and trains. Each youth rider completed an initial survey that captured their own experience with riding public transportation and their thought about the public transportation system in general.
On a monthly basis MYC members saw a change in youth ridership. seasonal ridership, shifts in ridership depending on geographic area and an increase in positive behaviors of riders with each other.
From the experience MYC members concluded that "Go To" passes allowed the young people to go outside of their normal boundaries. They were also able to encourage other young people to use Metro Transit to get to their designated location.
In July of 2019 MSR DESIGN planned & held 3-weeks of architectural design workshops for the Minneapolis Youth Congress. Everyone learned a lot & had a ton of fun. We want to thank MSR for being great community partner and for having a positive impact on youth!
You'll find a short documentary highlighting our time at MSR to the side.
MYC visited a workshop at Water Bar & Public Studio. During that visit, MYC members learned more about how to respect & protect ancestral land. They also got to join the larger group in creating art around these concepts. We thank the Water Bar for inviting us back year after year and for educating our community on land & water.
Downtown Minneapolis’ Central Library is the location for the Teen Job Fair - an annual event bringing together 600 youth from seven Minneapolis high schools and youth-serving programs from around the city, to learn about opportunities with 40 or more local employers. Job applications, internships, workshops and a “dress for success” Teen Fashion Show highlight the day. Hennepin County Librarians staff computer stations to help young people identify resources to continue their job search in the future.
On the evening of May 24, 2018 the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board (YCB) and the Minneapolis Afterschool Network held its annual joint powers meeting at Central Library downtown. Youth and board members from the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Park & Rec Board.
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 May 11, 2018 South High School held its annual All Nations Pow Wow in honor of its graduating seniors of Native heritage. Despite the gloomy weather representatives from from nations through out the region were in attendance to show support and celebrate in the accomplishments of these young people. Student honorees included: Zachariah Abdulla, Benjamin Arcoren, Natalia Cortez White Eagle, Angelica Deloris, Christian Freed, Avery Hultgren, Javier Jimenez, Alexander Ledoux, Reilly Lonetree, Shaun Lumbar, Lecia Mata, Adrianna Orozco, Christopher Quaderer, Annyliss Quinde, Isiah Smith, Wyatt Smith, Jaelyn Thompson, Melisanda Tucker and Scott Weiser. Each received an eagle feather to mark the event.
In January of 2018 the Minneapolis Youth Congress participated in a series of visioning sessions. Youth Congress members selected images that represented things they would want in a youth space.
Since last year MYC’s public safety committee has been hard at work conducting research and surveys of their peers, where they uncovered some interesting facts about youth and tobacco products. For youth 18 and under that experimented with tobacco products, they found the reasons why were candy flavors, affordability, availability and accessibility.
In an effort to try and find ways to regulate the usage of e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco flavored products among their peers, MYC partnered with City of Minneapolis Health Department and worked with tobacco experts such as The Association of Non-Smokers of Minnesota, and the Public Health Law Center of William Mitchell College. They shared their recommendations with the HECE committee of City Council and testified in a public hearing on E-cigarette usage, last year.
In June the Tobacco Dealer Ordinance Amendment was brought before the City Council by the Minneapolis Health Department. The goals were to raise the minimum price of one cigarillo to $2.60 and make flavored tobacco products less readily available in Smoke Shops and stores that carry tobacco products. The ordinance would successfully pass in July.
Star Tribune - An ordinance that would would ban tobacco sales, including nicotine vaporizer or e-cigarette devices, to those under 21 received a unanimous vote in a Minneapolis City Council committee Monday, after a 2½-hour public hearing in which some defended vaping as an alternative to cigarettes.