The 14th annual Children & Youth Issues Briefing is attended by nearly 1,000 advocates each year, and addresses the importance of early childhood development and youth education, highlighting pathways to close the opportunity gap and fostering a strong, equitable future for Minnesota.

With a critical election for Minnesota’s next governor in 2018, this year’s event will feature a gubernatorial candidate discussion to address the importance of young children and youth to the future of our state, and their vision to improve successful outcomes.

Gubernatorial candidate discussion, moderated by Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune:

  • Former Party Chair and Representative Keith Downey
  • Representative Tina Liebling
  • Representative Erin Murphy

Additional program highlights:

  • Kelly Monson, Executive Director of the Minnesota Children’s Council
  • National economic and political landscape
  • Youth voices: education equity and policy
  • Cradle to career, building a strong educational foundation
  • Rural challenges and innovation

Event Materials:

2018 Children & Youth Issues Briefing Agenda

PowerPoint Presentation

Panelist and Presenter Bios

Grow Our Own Fact Sheet

Gubernatorial Candidate Bios

The TigerPath Initiative

2018 MinneMinds Policy Agenda

Child care’s quiet crisis: an update

2018 Children and Youth Issues Briefing Video

Video coverage of the 2018 program is available below.

Below the video, you will find a timeline of the event with the start times of different parts of the program, as they correspond to the agenda. Please use these as a guide to the parts of the program you are looking for.

6:55 Welcome

Denise Mayotte, The Sheltering Arms Foundation


14:45 Sondra Samuels, President and CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone


19:17 National Political and Economic Landscape

Nan Madden, Minnesota Budget Project


39:14 Cradle to Career – Building a Strong Educational Foundation

Diana Anderson, Southwest Initiative Foundation

Patrick Walsh, Hutchinson High School


109:38 Youth Voices: Equity and Policy

Dr. Carlondrea Hines, Creative Arts Secondary School

and Lee Vang, Saint Paul Public Schools

Performance from students of St. Paul Creative Arts Secondary School


130:05 Youth Voices Panel Discussion

Moderated by Sondra Samuels.


1:45:29 Children and Youth Champion Award, Honoring Governor Mark Dayton

Nancy Jost, West Central Initiative


1:57:16 Gubernatorial Candidate Discussion

Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune


3:03:08 Closing Remarks and Call to Action

Craig Warren, Greater Twin Cities United Way

2017 Nancy Latimer Convening for Children and Youth

Congratulations to this years Nancy Award and Legislative Champion honorees!

Todd Otis, Think Small

Carol Miller, Hennepin County

TraNecia Sylvester, Parent Advocate

Representative Dave Pinto, Minnesota House of Representatives

Representative Jenifer Loon, Minnesota House of Representatives

2017 Nancy Latimer Honorees

This year’s event focused on whole child, healthy development and how it directly links to positive outcomes and school readiness.  Topics addressed the importance of physical health, oral health, social-emotional and cognitive aspects of development.

Highlighted Speakers:  2017_NancyLatimer_Panelist Bios

  • Frank Forsberg, Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • Dr. Heather Winesett, M.D., St. Luke’s Pediatric Associates
  • Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger, M.D., Minnesota Dept. of Health
  • Kamyala Howard, Independent Consultant 
  • Molly Greenman, The Family Partnership
  • Skip Ferris, Head Start – Virginia

Event Power Point Slides:  Link to PPT