8th GRADER JACOB KIFLU SELECTED TO SERVE on MN YOUTH COUNCILKrista Hong
Minnesota Alliance With Youth is pleased to announce that Jacob Kiflu of Bloomington has been selected to serve on the Minnesota Youth Council, representing MN Congressional District 3.
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.
Jacob Kiflu is an 8th grader at Seven Hills Preparatory Academy in Richfield. Jacob plays basketball and soccer and is a Black Belt in Kor-Am Taekwondo. Jacob is a high honors award winner from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Jacob believes that great leaders have a drive to better one’s community, the willingness to speak openly about one’s beliefs, and the courage to stand up and deliver a speech. Jacob wants to be a voice for people less fortunate than himself, and help them as much as he can.
To contact Jacob directly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Jacob Kiflu” in the subject line.
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.
Learn more about the Minnesota Youth Council and how you can partner with the Youth Member from your district at www.mnyouth.net.