Calling Minnesota Youth!

Make Your Voices Heard on Tuesday, March 27!

Join us for Youth Day at the Capitol 2018 (YDAC), an annual event connecting youth, community experts and local policymakers.

Our goal is to get young people talking with their legislators about issues that are important to them. We want young people to understand that our elected officials work for the people, including young people!

The day is divided into five “Tracks,” each of which includes meeting with legislators, attending an interactive advocacy training as well as touring the “1968 Exhibit” at the Minnesota History Center. Groups can choose to come early or stay late to allow for tours of the Capitol (guided or self-guided). Click on each track below to see a detailed schedule.

All participants are invited to attend the Minnesota Youth Council meeting at 2 p.m. at the Capitol to wrap up the day.

Register here.

Anne Johnson of Grassroots Solutions, right, asks a student a question during a role playing exercise. Johnson led the students in a morning session of interactive training on advocacy and leadeship at the Capitol Ridge Hotel during Youth Day at the Capitol sponsored by the Minnesota Youth Council. MYC is the only legislatively mandated voice of youth in the country.



Minnesota state representative Steve Cwodzinski kept students amused when discussing his background and the reason he recently ran for office and became an elected official for the first time during a committee meeting of Minnesota Youth Council members at the Senate Office Building near the state capitol. MYC is the only legislatively mandated voice of youth in the country.

Fatima Menawa, center, smiles in reaction to a remark made during a discussion of a bill during the Minnesota Youth Council gathering at the Senate Office Building near the state capitol in St. Paul. MYC is the only legislatively mandated voice of youth in the country.










































































Youth Day at the Capitol is a joint effort between:

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Civics Saturday is held each summer at the Minnesota Children’s Museum. Kids are invited to cast a ballot and vote on something related to the museum. They learn about voting and the idea that every vote counts! Kids can also explore these civic stations:

  • U.S. Postal Service: The St. Paul Postal Service invites kids to explore the world of the mail service. This station will provide opportunities for kids to try on a real mail satchel, explore writing letters using canceled stamps, paper and envelopes & meet and great local postal workers.
  • Eureka Recycling: At this station, kids can learn all about the fundamentals of zero waste. Through interactive activities, kids can explore how to reduce their footprint through managing the waste they produce.
  • St. Paul Fire Department: At this interactive station, kids can learn about the ways fire fighters keep communities safe. Kids can even do a bit of dramatic role play by trying on real firefighting gear.
  • St. Paul Police Department: Explore what it is like to be a police officer. At this station, kids will be able to meet a St. Paul police officer, explore a squad car, and understand how the Police Department keeps our community safe.

More information on Civics Saturday 2016 will be available soon!