The Red Lake Nation Youth Council visited the Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 13 to participate in the 6th Annual Youth Day. The group spent the day educating policy leaders about the benefits of quality youth development programming and engaged youth in the legislative process.
“All young people need and deserve high-quality youth development experiences that will prepare them for life, and the Red Lake Nation has a great opportunity to do our part to help the youth in our community succeed,” said Marilyn Mountain, youth council advisor. “Youth Day at the Capitol is an excellent opportunity to shine a light on youth issues and teach our young people the importance of participating in their democracy.”
Youth and their families depend on high-quality youth development programs and they bring lasting benefits to the Red Lake Nation. Young people who participate in quality youth development programs are more likely to be:
- active citizens,
- settled in stable personal relationships,
- employed and economically self-sufficient and
- happy with their lives as young adults
Investment in youth programming is an investment in a healthy Minnesota. Every Minnesotan benefits when the next generation of young adults are better prepared to contribute to our economy and community.
Youth Day at the Capitol unites youth programs from across the state of Minnesota and is an effort to educate policy makers about the issues that face Minnesota's youth every day.
The Red Lake Nation Youth council is a group of youth ranging in age from 14 to22. The council plays a major role in the annual youth conference and other activities in Red Lake. In October 2012, three members of the council— Shauntay Roy, Rory Spears and Celina Johnson—were selected to represent the Red Lake Nation on the Native Youth Alliance of Minnesota, a statewide Native youth council.