Minnesota Alliance With Youth has announced that Hannah Erickson of La Prairie has been selected to serve on the Minnesota Youth Council for a third term, representing MN Congressional District 8. Erickson is a junior at Greenway High School.

The Minnesota Youth Council (MYC) is a collaboration of youth and adults working together to empower and mobilize young people across the state to exercise their voices, opinions and ideas and take action on issues affecting youth.

In 2013, the MN Legislature formally recognized the work of the MYC, passing into law the Minnesota Youth Council Committee Bill, which establishes the MYC as an official legislative committee, creating a system for youth to provide advice and recommendations to the legislature and the governor.

Hannah is a third year returning representative, and is a very hardworking and driven person. Hannah loves educating others, and wants to learn as much about the world as possible. Hannah is passionate about protecting the environment, raising awareness of and preventing human trafficking, and providing a safe learning environment for all students.

Minnesota Youth Council members focus their impact through policy and education initiatives:

During the first half of the year, youth representatives act as an advisor committee to the Minnesota Department of Education. They advise staff on youth issues in education, and strive to advance equity, personalized and holistic education for all young people in Minnesota. Representatives also work closely with other statewide agencies including the Department of Health to ensure all youth have access to clean water, air, and equal opportunities across the state.

During the last half of the year, youth representatives work with the Minnesota State Legislature as an official committee of the MInnesota state government. Members meet with elected officials, advocate for legislation and policy platforms that support equity and young people and hold legislative committee meetings to hear legislation directly from elected officials.

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