Welcome to the Saint Paul Youth Commission!
The place where Saint Paul Youth: Stand Up… Speak Up… LEAD!
The Saint Paul Youth Commission is the place for young people in Saint Paul to have a voice at City Hall! Youth Commissioners practice youth adult partnership with other Saint Paul youth, city officials, and community organizations to solve community issues and make Saint Paul the most livable city in America. Youth Commissioners do this by leading community action projects. The Youth Commission is made up of 22 youth from neighborhoods across Saint Paul.
- Tackle serious issues that Saint Paul youth face! They design innovative solutions and work with youth and adults to make the solutions happen
- Help ensure that all youth in Saint Paul have places to get involved, learn, play and make a difference in their community
- Impact citywide policies and meet government representatives
- Strengthen their leadership skills and ensure strong youth voice in Saint Paul!
Young people are leaders today. If you want to make a difference, you better be at the table – join us now and see what we can do by working together!
Past Youth Commission projects include:
- Working with Metro Transit to build a stronger youth bus culture in Saint Paul
- Opening the Canvas at Hancock Recreation Center. The Canvas is the city's only Arts-based Teen Center and is run by teens, for teens!
- Opening the Doorway, a college access and resource center at Sunray Library and Dayton's Bluff Recreation Center
- Informing Saint Paul youth and families about environmentally friendly cleaning supplies
- Leading a community mapping project in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood
- Advocating at the state legislature for circulator buses, transportation so youth can get to after-school and summer activities.
- Advocating at the state legislature to pass a Youth Homelessness Act, which would raise funding for unaccompanied youth in Minnesota from 11 cents a youth to $4.50 a youth.
How can I join the city-wide Youth Commission?
The Youth Commission has 22 citywide members. There is at least one position reserved for youth in each Saint Paul neighborhood and 5 at-large positions. Each May, the Youth Commission recruits new members. Applications are due June 26, 2015 and interviews are held in July. Newly selected commissions start each August by attending the annual Saint Paul Youth Commission Orientation, which will be held in August.
To be a part of the city-wide youth commission you must:
- Live in the City of Saint Paul
- Be in 9th - 12th grade while serving on the commission.
- Commit 6-10 hours a month and be available to meet on Monday nights.
- Have the desire to make Saint Paul the best city to grow up in!
Details to know:
- Most meetings will take place at the Central Library in Downtown Saint Paul.
- Each Youth Commissioner receives an unlimited bus pass to get to and from meetings.
Applications can be found here!
We are partnering with Youthprise, to become a pilot site for YouthBank in the 2015-2016 school year.
A YouthBank is a youth-led grantmaking organization, or program within a host organization, that channels money into projects that will improve the quality of life of local communities. It is also a process and way of working with young grantmakers that encourages and trains them as they develop essential life skills as well as increase their employability capabilities. Local YouthBanks are run by young people for young people wherever they are. YouthBank is unique in that it puts money directly into the hands of young people who decide on how it will be spent. YouthBank grantmaking committees set themes, create application procedures and criteria, undertake publicity work, interview young people, write reports to assist decision making and engage in the follow up work to learn from what has or has not worked.
Participation in the YouthBank international network can:
- increase young people’s global fluency and connect them with youth from across the globe;
- improve young people’s financial literacy, especially for those youth who have been marginalized; and
- help young people see themselves as donors as well as philanthropists.
For more information about the Saint Paul Youth Commission e-mail Coordinator Tabitha Mitchell at or call 651-247-5538.