Youth Day at the Capitol (YDAC) is an annual event that provides both training and engagement opportunities for youth in grades 5-12 to participate in the legislative process. This year YDAC will be held on Tuesday, March 29, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The day will start at the Wilder Center and end at the Capitol.

Morning workshops will include:

How to Ensure Your Legislator Hears Your Message: In this session, participants will be able to practice talking points, learn how to have an effective meeting, how to make your “ask,” and how to tell a story that will resonate with your legislator.

A Primer on the 5 Ps of Policymaking: In this session, participants will learn the 5 Ps of Policymaking including Politics (includes Partisanship), Policy (highlighting the distinction between policy and politics), Process (Beyond Schoolhouse Rock), and Perseverance (bringing in personality and persuasion).

Bills Impacting Youth in the 2016 Session: In this session, Minnesota Youth Council (MYC) members and other youth leaders will facilitate table discussions about the bills that the Minnesota Youth Council Committee will hear in the afternoon. Several rounds of short table discussions/briefings on specific bills will give participants an opportunity to find out about different kinds of policy issues and also ask questions for the MYC to pose to legislators in their afternoon committee meeting.

In the afternoon, participants will head to the capitol to attend the Minnesota Youth Council Committee Meeting.

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!