The Saint Paul Youth Commission

The Saint Paul Youth Commission

The Saint Paul Youth Commission is a group of 20 youth from around the City of Saint Paul who work on self-determined, self-directed social justice projects in order to make their community a better place. This year, the Youth Commission focused on three different topics and subcommittees: Bullying prevention, transit accessibility,and for youth sex trafficking awareness. 

The bullying subcommittee  has received a bullying prevention curriculum kit. The Commissioners have been customizing these resources for rec centers and other out-of-school time uses. Workshops were facilitated during the month of May, but the project will be continuing into June.

The Metro Transit subcommittee led a Metro Transit pass pilot program, giving 14 free, unlimited transit passes away to students at Harding and Central High Schools. Participants who received bus passes answered weekly surveys about their transit use. The subcommitteeworked with Wilder Research to analyze data from the surveys, and created a video with SPNN to show the stories of the youth who received passes. 

The Sex Trafficking subcommittee partnered with 180 Degrees to organize a youth-led conference for their peers."Humans: Not For Sale” was a highly successful event: 60 youth, 15 teachers/youth workers, and staff and volunteers attended the conference. The participants left with action plans customized for their group. 

Applications are now being accepted for next year’s Youth Commission! If you or any young person you know has bright ideas and is driven to make positive change in Saint Paul, APPLY NOW!