Across the state, young people are in positions of leadership in their schools and communities, working within the same system and towards similar goals regarding education and equity. However, we rarely have the opportunity to meet and collaborate directly. We know that strong youth voice, representation, and partnership is necessary in order to create a Minnesota that empowers ALL students.
To move us towards this goal, the Minnesota Youth Council will be hosting the very first Youth in Education Leadership Summit (YELS). Students across Minnesota grades 8 – 12 are invited to join us this September for an exciting day full of trainings and workshops designed and facilitated by their peers. They will learn from one another on critical topics – such as working with local school boards, writing bills, and the creation of a Student Bill of Rights. We are also inviting parents, teachers, and community members to participate in our Adult Partner sessions track, where they will be able to learn directly from students how to best support them as they work to shape their experience in education. Lastly, we will be sharing the power of student voice with the broader community by closing the day with a student moderated Governor’s Forum on education, hosted in partnership with EdAllies.