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MPS Student Leadership

MPS Student Leadership

Student Leadership allows young people the first opportunity to explore life skills surrounded by supportive adults in real-life settings. When students learn relationship building, practice decision making, and are able to gain confidence and grow in safe environments, they develop ownership over their educational experience and are empowered to advocate for their individual needs. 

In order to amplify the importance of student leadership and use of youth voice in district decision making, Student Engagement supports school-based opportunities and strives to ensure students are involved in district decision making. It is important for adults to “relinquish power” in order to give youth opportunities to lead and grow. 

District Advisory Roles for Students

The CityWide Student Leadership Board and the students who serve as representatives on the Minneapolis Public School Board advise district leaders as they make key decisions regarding the educational experience in Minneapolis Public Schools. For more information visit their individual pages.

School Based Student Leadership

Schools are encouraged to provide a variety of leadership opportunities to influence the school community. This might include groups like student councils, youth participatory evaluation teams, topic-specific groups (passions, identity), or school improvement plans or individual opportunities for students to be part of spaces typically held by adults. Check with your school for specific opportunities.

High School Youth Voice Network

Are you interested in sharing your voice with the district, but do not have time to commit to an ongoing experience? Throughout the year, district leaders are looking for youth voice on specific topics. In the past this has included the ESSER Fund selection committee, construction projects, EDIA committee, and topical listening sessions. Fill out the form below and we will share these opportunities as they arise. 

CLICK HERE to fill out the online form