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Red Lake Senior High School Student Karen Guise Joins the Minnesota Youth Council


September 14, 2020

Karen Guise, Junior at Red Lake Senior High School

[St. Paul, Minnesota] Minnesota Alliance With Youth is pleased to announce Karen Guise of Red Lake has been selected to serve on the Minnesota Youth Council, representing MN Congressional District 7.

The Minnesota Youth Council (MYC) is a group of 36 youth leaders mobilizing middle and high school students across the state to create equitable systems through youth led outreach, education, and advocacy. The MYC serves as a platform from which youth representatives amplify the voice and power of young people in Minnesota and act as change agents in their communities and across the state.

In 2013, the Minnesota State Legislature formally recognized the work of the MYC, passing into law the Minnesota Youth Council Committee Bill, which established the MYC as an official legislative committee, creating a system for youth to provide advice and recommendations to the legislature and the governor.

Karen jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the Minnesota Youth Council believing her voice will be heard. Ask any of her social studies teachers, they'll say she's perfect for this role and also joke about her being future president or chairwoman. If Karen's not challenging your beliefs she's questioning them, wanting to understand your standpoint. She's extremely tolerant and won't force her beliefs onto you. Many of her passions include ethnic discrimination, gender equality, bullying, abortion and gun control. She's a social butterfly which gave her the ability to meet different people and learn about their beliefs and most importantly the why.

Minnesota Youth Council members focus their impact on four issue areas: Health and Wellness, Environmental Justice, Education Equity, and Juvenile Justice. The MYC advises Minnesota's state agencies on policies that impact young people across the state, and hold hearings during the legislative session on bills that have significant impact on young people.

Learn more about the Minnesota Youth Council, please visit


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