Youth Advisory Council

Rep. Dean Phillips's Youth Advisory Council is a nonpartisan program designed to give students the opportunity to learn about policymaking, civic engagement and public service. Students will meet with Rep. Phillips, engage in professional develoment exercises with staff and leave with a better understanding of how Congress works. The Youth Advisory Council is open to any student who will be in high school during the next academic year, and is residing or attending school in Minnesota's Third District.

This year, participating high school-age students from the Third Congressional District will conduct research on the major challenges facing our community, our state, and our country as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, and on potential solutions to address those challenges going forward. Findings will be presented to the Congressman at the conclusion of the three-month term.

To do this, students will form several working groups based on areas of interest and have opportunities to independently research existing policy ideas, best practices from other countries, and expert opinions. They will work collaboratively with their group members to present recommendations to the Congressman. These issue areas may include workplace policies, healthcare, preparing for future outbreaks, infrastructure, remote education, and small business support, among others. 

The Council will convene in June and wrap its work by August. It is open to all those living in or attending school in the Third Congressional District who will be in grades 9 through 12 as of September of 2020. Students are expected to be involved in three meetings with the full council and several meetings with their working group throughout the summer. This year’s council will be facilitated remotely to ensure health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To apply for a position on the 2020 Youth Advisory Council, please submit a completed application form and a one-page cover letter explaining why you would like to join the Council to Grant Anderla at by June 30, 2020. If you have any questions, you can email Grant at that address or call (952)656-5176.

Click here to download an application