Young people who come together at Youth Day at the Capitol (YDAC) learn how to effectively advocate for an issue of their choosing and practice those advocacy skills during a meeting with their local elected official(s).

Young people have a massive stake in the decisions that shape our cities, state and country. When young people advocate for issues that matter to them, they bring valuable perspectives and play and active role in shaping their future.

YDAC is a partnership program between YMCA Center for Youth Voice, Minnesota Alliance with Youth, YWCA of Minneapolis, Minnesota Community Education Association and the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.


  • Student-led advocacy trainings
  • Meetings with your local legislator(s)
  • Network with students from around the state

Program Date

February 2022


Minnesota students in grades 8-12


Minnesota State Capitol Complex



Getting Started

Teachers, school administrators or youth leaders who are interested in bringing a group of young people can reach out to Amy Anderson at