Future leaders get their start in Minneapolis Youth Congress

A future council member, school board member, mayor, senator, even President of the United States may have been in attendance as more than 50 of the city’s brightest, young leaders were sworn in to the 5th Minneapolis Youth Congress on Thursday, Nov. 3.

The Minneapolis Youth Congress started in 2007 as a way to engage young city leaders and create a representative body 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 officials in the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Hennepin County, the Minneapolis libraries within the Hennepin County library system, and the Youth Coordinating Board on issues that affect young people in Minneapolis.

Fifty-five members between grades 8-12 serve on the Minneapolis Youth Congress for a term lasting no longer than two years. The full congress meets six times a year with committees (education, housing, safety, employment, transportation, and health) meeting twice a month.

Visit the Minneapolis Youth Congress website for more information.

Published Nov 3, 2011