Youth Day at the Capitol: March 29th, 2016

April 15, 2016

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 was Youth Day at the Capitol (YDAC) , an event organized for young people to engage with policy in Minnesota. #YDAC16 took place at the Wilder Center and over 225 participants. After a kick-off rally with interactive questions, conversations with Representative Mariani and Secretary of State Steve Simon learning plenary sessions began.

The morning focused on learning sessions where attendees could learn more about the policies appearing before the Minnesota Youth Council or learn how to effectively interact with policymakers about their concerns. This included a bill focusing on Afterschool Funding, SF 1017 supported by Minnesota’s Out of school time Network, Ignite Afterschool.

Upon finishing lunch, Minnesota Youth Council members prepared for their session, groups had the option to attend two more sessions surrounding the topic of political engagement or met with their legislators.

Beginning at 3:00 PM, legislators began to testify in front of the Minnesota Youth Council in order to gain official recommendation from Minnesota’s youth. The packed room was full of supporters, Youth that attended YDAC, and adult partners. The day can best be summed up using this photo from America’s Promise:

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 Senator Dahle shakes the hand of Ellen Baker, a six grader at Laura Jeffery Academy in St. Paul. Ms Baker decided to act as a youth witness who supported his afterschool funding bill and testified in front of her peers, Minnesota’s legislators and Minnesota Youth Council.
If you’ve like to see more images, stories and moments from this year’s Youth Day at the Capitol click: #YDAC16