Promoting Youth Voice & Action

The Campaign believes there are real opportunities for national leadership on the constructive engagement of young people in policy making.  The Youth Councils Network reports that mayors, governors and legislatures in 12 states and more than 140 localities have created formal bodies of youth (typically ages 16 to 18 years old) who advise high-level decision-makers and elected officials.  Youth voice does make a difference! Our goal is to give those young people who are out of school, out of work, and in the process of "reconnecting", generally considered to be the least represented and hardest to serve group of young people, input into the policies that affect their lives.  We are actively working on this agenda with other national and local leaders. Stay Tuned! 

80 Million Strong Coalition

The Campaign for Youth joined the 80 Million Strong Coalition Steering Committee to support a united effort to find and create job opportunities for young Americans within our current economic climate. In May 2009, millennial generation leaders and youth-policy organizations convened over 100 young people in Washington, DC to discuss this problem and propose solutions. Summit speakers included Jared Bernstein, Chief Economist and Economic Policy Adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden, U.S. House of Representatives leaders, James Clyburn (D-SC) and Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), among many others. The Campaign continues to work with members of the this coalition to advance opportunities for low-income youth. Read about Congressional Hearing on Youth Unemployment>>>

National Youth Dialogue

In September 2004, the Campaign sponsored a youth dialogue with the co-chairs of presidential campaigns, the only event in which senior Republican and Democratic campaign officials interacted with disconnected youth in a live and totally unscripted way. The Campaign engaged Bush campaign co-chair, Governor Marc Racicot, and Kerry campaign co-chair, Governor Jeanne Shaheen, in a dialogue with youth about issues of critical importance to young people to get the candidate's perspective on those issues. Learn More>>>