Our Theory of Change
If these Assumptions, Values, and Context Are true…
When young people are at the table, we can develop creative and progressive solutions to fight the huge challenges we face as a generation.
Transformational rather than transactional organizing is the best way to make real change.
Building the political power of young people will benefit all people.
Young people should be given the power to tell their own stories.
Minnesotans under the age of 35 are now the largest voting bloc in the state.
Minnesota has some of the largest racial disparities in the nation.
Minnesota is known for a solid history of progressive organizing and wins- young, marginalized people have been consistently left out of that progress and oftentimes sacrificed for it.
Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee communities are growing rapidly.
About the Minnesota Youth Collective:
Minnesota Youth Collective is a relatively new organization that has the opportunity to shape its reputation in the state.
Minnesota Youth Collective was founded by young, queer, female-identifying people who practice intersectionality in organizing.
Minnesota Youth Collective is an organization of young people, by young people, for all people.
…and we undertake these strategies…
Centering and amplifying stories of young people in ways that are not exploitative- especially poc, lgbtq, and other underrepresented groups
Developing young people as leaders in their own right- investing in future generations of leaders through leadership development programming
Meeting young people where they’re at, and making our work accessible by engaging communities
Open source knowledge that is traditionally held by more privileged communities
Committing to social justice, anti-oppression, and dismantling systemic racism
Building a more progressive state that puts communities first - policies that do not compromise any of our communities
Elect officials who look like our communities and hold our current elected officials accountable to their constituents
Break down barriers that stop our communities from being civically engaged through both policy and advocacy
Make space for real conversations centering the experience of young people around the issues they care about
Connecting young people in every part of the state to their larger communities through transformational, rather than transactional, organizing
Develop and participate in coalitions with diverse organizations that share our values
…Then we will have this impact.
Increased voter turnout and general civic participation among young people
Young leaders are given access to institutional knowledge and deliberate training, creating a diverse and empowered leadership pipeline in the state
Move issues that are most important to our communities to the forefront of electoral and political discussion
Create infrastructure for the engagement of young people wherever they’re at in life
Create a movement structure that encompasses young people in all walks of life- regardless of education institution, class, or identity
The halls of power will be representative of our communities, and young people will shape policy at every level.
Progressive wins will prioritize marginalized communities.
Political knowledge and work will be accessible for all young people, increasing involvement and engagement
Young people become a critical constituency, and are invited to the decision-making table by candidates and elected officials.