A Better Minnesota
Alliance for a Better Minnesota (ABM) empowers hardworking Minnesotans by lifting up their stories and holding conservatives accountable. ABM works with a coalition of partners from around Minnesota on issues that are important to people in our state. ABM specializes in using digital and social media, media relations, and original content like videos, graphics, and blogs to increase support for progressive ideals.
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) is a multi-racial, democratic, non-profit community organization building power in low to moderate income neighborhoods to stand and fight for social, economic, and racial justice. The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment is a statewide community organization working with thousands of members in eleven counties creating transformative change by helping ordinary citizens to organize and take action. California is host to the world's eighth largest economy, yet every day more and more Californians are losing their jobs, falling further behind on their rent or mortgage payments and sending their kids to failing schools. ACCE is dedicated to raising the voices of everyday Californians, neighborhood by neighborhood, so that our children have stronger communities and expanded opportunities. ACCE is helping to lead the ReFund California coalition, composed of community groups, student organizations, unions and faith leaders. ReFund is dedicated to holding big corporations and the 1% accountable for doing their part to fully fund public education and other vital services in the state.
With more than 2 million members, activists, and supporters, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., to safeguard everyone’s rights. The ACLU is nonprofit and nonpartisan. They do not receive any government funding. Member dues, as well as contributions and grants from private foundations and individuals, pay for the work they do. The ACLU was founded to ensure the promise of the Bill of Rights and to expand its reach to people historically denied its protections. Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBT people, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age of widespread government surveillance, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
Created in 1955, the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a democratic, voluntary federation of 57 national and international labor unions that represent 12.2 million working people. We are teachers and miners, firefighters and farm workers, bakers and engineers, pilots and public employees, doctors and nurses, teachers, painters and plumbers—and more, including 3.2 million members of our community affiliate Working America, which represents people who do not have a union at work. The AFL-CIO exists to represent people who work. The mission of the AFL-CIO is expressed in our Constitution: The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is an expression of the hopes and aspirations of the working people of America. We resolve to fulfill the yearning of the human spirit for liberty, justice and community; to advance individual and associational freedom; to vanquish ¬oppression, privation and cruelty in all their forms; and to join with all persons, of whatever nationality or faith, who cherish the cause of democracy and the call of solidarity, to grace the planet with these achievements. We dedicate ourselves to improving the lives of working families, bringing fairness and dignity to the workplace and securing social equity in the Nation. The AFL-CIO envisions a future in which work and all people who work are valued, respected and rewarded. While the AFL-CIO represents millions of working people who belong to unions and have the benefits of union membership, the labor federation embraces all people who share the common bond of work. Work is what we do to better ourselves, to build dreams and to support our families. But work is more than that. Work cures, creates, builds, innovates and shapes the future. Work connects us all. The AFL-CIO is an organization of people who work. We help lead a movement for social and economic justice in America and the world.
A Short History of AFSCME Local 3299 and A.F.S.C.M.E. AFSCME 3299 has over 22,000 members at the University of California. Our union represents workers from every UC facility in the state, including the ten campuses, five medical centers, agricultural and marine research stations, and all other facilities that employ UC workers. AFSCME is a big union -Local 3299 is part of a much larger union, called "A.F.S.C.M.E.," with nearly a million and a half members across the United States, and is one of the largest unions in the U.S. The letters in "A.F.S.C.M.E." stands for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
Alabama Education Association
The Alabama Education Association (AEA) is the voice of Alabama’s education employees. AEA members are teachers, education support professionals, administrators, professors, future teachers, and education retirees.
Alliance for a Just Society
The Alliance for a Just Society’s mission is to execute regional and national campaigns and build strong state affiliate organizations and partnerships that address economic, racial, and social inequities. The Alliance (formerly the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations), is a national coalition of eight state-based grassroots community organizations including The Center for Intercultural Organizing, Colorado Progressive Coalition, Connecticut Citizen Action Group, Idaho Community Action Network, Indian People’s Action (Montana), Maine People’s Alliance, Make the Road New York, Montana Organizing Project, Oregon Action, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Virginia Organizing, and Washington Community Action Network.
Alliance for Youth Action
The Alliance for Youth Action is a nationwide network of organizations building political power of young people, and the premier youth vote vehicle in the United States. They are local young people’s organizations joining together to make each other – and the entire movement – stronger. The Alliance for Youth Action grows progressive people power across America by empowering local young people’s organizations to strengthen the democracy, fix the economy, and correct injustices through on-the-ground organizing.
American Federation of Teachers
The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do. The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.5 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide.
Americans for Financial Reform
Americans for Financial Reform is a nonpartisan and nonprofit coalition of more than 200 civil rights, consumer, labor, business, investor, faith-based, and civic and community groups. Formed in the wake of the 2008 crisis, they are working to lay the foundation for a strong, stable, and ethical financial system – one that serves the economy and the nation as a whole. Through policy analysis, education, and outreach to their members and others, AFR builds public will for substantial reform.
Association of Young Americans
Association of Young Americans (AYA) is a non-partisan membership-based organization two decades in the making. They work to insert the voices of the 80 million Americans ages 18 to 35 into everyday politics. The AYA was started to achieve one goal: to improve the lives of young people. Their main issues are student debt, climate change, campaign finance. and criminal justice.
Campaign for America's Future
The Campaign for America’s Future is the strategy center for the progressive movement. Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be. To attain our ultimate goal, we spearhead a compelling progressive agenda that addresses the kitchen-table issues working families face. We regularly convene and educate progressive thinkers, organizers and community activists so our voices will be coordinated, cogent and potent. And we incubate national campaigns on the critical issues that will define America for generations to come. Americans have had it with tired conservative politics that divide us, an economy that squeezes us, a foreign policy that weakens us and a government that serves few of us. But while conservatism may be exhausted, progressives are just getting started. The Campaign for America’s Future is driving our progressive movement and offering the new vision, bright ideas and bold leadership Americans rightly demand. We are showing the way toward accessible education, affordable health care and secure retirements for all. Toward a clean energy future and away from Middle East occupation. Toward the representative, responsive and responsible government needed for all of us to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We cannot let the conservative failure that brought us to this precarious moment tip America into another Gilded Age and leave the world at the mercy of unaccountable multinationals, oil-drenched autocrats and merchants of terrorism. It’s our job to turn this precarious moment into a prosperous progressive era. Together, we can.
Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.
Center for Responsible Lending
The Center for Responsible Lending is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization, research, and advocacy group that works to protect consumers by fighting predatory lending practices. Its stated purpose is to educate the public about financial products and to push for policies that curb predatory lending.
Citizen Action Illinois
Citizen Action/Illinois is the state's largest public interest organization and a progressive political coalition committed to creating social change both in Illinois and across the nation. The organization is based on several core values: a belief that every human life has equal worth, that the purpose of our society is to allow all its members to live meaningful and fulfilling lives, and that there is a collective good beyond our individual interests. It seeks to promote and win public policies that reflect these values and embody social justice but recognizes that winning justice requires political power. It exists to create that power by being a values-based, issue-oriented political center in Illinois.
Civic Nation is an organization that works in four key areas: Education access, civic engagement, gender equality, and social justice. Their team combines the power of policy experts, community organizers, and creatives who have united together for greater action. They educate by giving people direct access to information, tools, and resources on issues that affect them. They activate people to organize their communities by supplying toolkits, campaign materials, and digital tools. They inspire with culturally relevant content that captures attention and sparks action.
Consumer Action is a national non-profit advocacy and education organization that has served consumers since 1971. Consumer Action has a national reputation for multilingual consumer education and advocacy in the fields of credit, banking, privacy, insurance, and utilities. Using multilingual consumer education materials, community outreach and issue-focused advocacy, Consumer Action empower low- and moderate-income, limited-English-speaking, and other underrepresented consumers nationwide to financially prosper through education and advocacy. Consumer Action advances consumer rights, nation-wide, by referring complaints, publishing educational materials in multiple languages, advocating for consumers in the media and before lawmakers, and comparing prices on credit cards, bank accounts, and long distance services.
Consumer Federation of America
The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is a service association comprised of non-profit consumer organizations. Established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education, today nearly 300 non-profit groups participate in the CFA and govern it through their representatives on the organization’s Board of Directors.
Consumers Union is the policy and action division of Consumer Reports. We work with our million plus activists to pass consumer protection laws in states and in Congress. We hammer corporations that do wrong by their customers, and encourage companies that are heading in the right direction. Most of all, we listen to consumers. Join us! We will regularly ask about your experience in the marketplace — the marketplace for products, health care, financial services and much more. Have your credit card rates gone up? Did you buy a product that turned out to be on a recall list? Did your visit to a hospital result in a dangerous infection? When we get ready to work up new, consumer-friendly policies, the first thing we do is find out what’s going on out there directly from you. Then we put our experts on the case. We think about what a better system would look like, and who could make the key changes to get us all there. Then we launch a campaign for reform. Our campaigns have already helped reduce hospital infections, lower credit card rates and improve card services, expand access to health insurance, improve the security of your financial information and much more.
Demos is a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. Their name means “the people.” It is the root word of democracy, and it reminds us that in America, the true source of our greatness is the diversity of our people. Our nation’s highest challenge is to create a democracy that truly empowers people of all backgrounds, so that we all have a say in setting the policies that shape opportunity and provide for our common future. To help America meet that challenge, Demos is working to reduce both political and economic inequality, deploying original research, advocacy, litigation, and strategic communications to create the America the people deserve. Demos’ growing body of student debt work is at the heart of their on-going effort to reduce economic inequality by creating pathways to a strong and diverse middle-class. They seek to end the debt-for-diploma system by advocating for debt relief for borrowers, addressing the causes of declining affordability, and exposing the role of Wall Street in the financialization and privatization of higher education.
Education Minnesota is an American trade union representing preK-12 teachers, school support staff and higher education faculty in Minnesota. Education Minnesota is the leading advocate for public education in Minnesota. Their 80,000 members work in pre-K-12 schools and higher education institutions statewide. They include education support professionals, faculty at several university campuses, community and technical colleges, college students preparing for an education career. Retired educators who have devoted their lives to students. Education Minnesota gives “voice” to the issues that affect educators and their students. They make sure their members’ voices are heard anywhere decisions get made that affect public education—whether it’s at the state Capitol, in Washington, D.C., or with local school administrators.
Faculty Forward Network SEIU
SEIU Faculty Forward is an organization dedicated to fighting for good jobs for all campus employees and affordable, accessible, quality higher education for all. The organization consists of faculty, graduate student workers, students and families are coming together for change. Already 54,000 faculty and graduate student workers on 60 campuses have joined the Faculty Forward movement and formed unions. They know that issues like raising educators’ pay, increasing access to education, receiving adequate funding, holding bad for-profit schools accountable, addressing student debt, and ensuring campuses are places where everyone is welcome are not school-by-school challenges. Instead, this is a national fight to fundamentally transform every aspect of a broken higher education system. Together, they’re making change.
Forward Montana was founded in 2004 by a group of passionate students at the University of Montana who felt there were a lot of barriers getting young people involved in politics. Their first fights were at the university and the local level and focused on recycling, renewable energy, sexual assault, and tenant rights. They’ve now grown into the largest youth civic engagement organization in Montana, with year-round staff in Billings, Bozeman, and Missoula. They believe if more young people vote and advocate civically for public policies that reflect their values, a more supportive climate will be created to advance policies that better their lives and the lives of all Montanans. This change will happen faster if more young Montanans have the leadership skills and training to be effective civic advocates.
Generation Progress is a national organization that works with and for young people to promote progressive solutions to key political and social challenges. Generation Progress engages a diverse group of young people nationwide, inspires them to embrace progressive values, provides them with essential trainings, and helps them to make their voices heard—and to push policy outcomes in a strongly progressive direction. Our work is based on the idea that young people don’t have to wait to change the world; they have the power right now to tip the balance on critical issues from economic opportunity to access to education to environmental sustainability to human rights and civic engagement. At the same time, we work to see that new generations of progressives are better trained, better informed, more inclusive, and more united than ever before – so our country will have leaders with the skills, experience, and vision to address the most important challenges of the future.
Hawaii State Teachers Association
On January 1, 1971, with the formal incorporation of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, a core group of dedicated visionaries came together to form the front line in the battle to bring education and teacher issues to the forefront of the State’s public agenda. Now, more than a quarter of a century later, many of those same leaders are still fighting for teachers’ rights. Today, they are focused on a new set of goals and priorities, but their ideals remain the same - to make school a better place for teachers and students alike. The mission of the Hawaii State Teachers Association is to support and enhance the professional roles of teachers, advocate teachers’ interests, collaborate with all segments of the community to assure quality public education for Hawaii’s youth, and promote human and civil rights to support and nurture diversity in our multifaceted community.
Higher Ed Not Debt
Hildreth Institute, a non-profit organization, was established in 2018 to pull the curtain back on the unsustainable higher education system in America – the direct result of a flawed financial aid system. Founded by Bob Hildreth, a passionate advocate of college affordability issues and a champion of many education initiatives, the Institute aims to increase awareness among students, families, and higher education institutions about the student debt crisis and – through research, grassroots advocacy, and mobilization – lay the path to a #ZeroDebt future.
Idaho Education Association
The Idaho Education Association (IEA) is the state’s largest professional employee organization. There is a IEA member in virtually every school building across the state working together for the good of the students and for the profession. IEA is composed of Idaho elementary and secondary teachers, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students. IEA builds positive, professional relationships with policymakers, including the Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Board of Education, and state lawmakers. They work to ensure the highest standards are maintained for teacher certification. They provide quality professional development to assist members to work with local and state policymakers to develop and implement quality policies that will have a positive impact on students, educators, and the community. The IEA also assists local association members as they identify and support public education friendly school board and legislative candidates. They are committed to advocating for students and educators at the state, local and national level to ensure every student, regardless of zip code, has the best education possible.”
Illinois Education Association
The Illinois Education Association is an association of more than 135,000 members composed of Illinois elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty and staff, educational support professionals, retired educators and college students preparing to become teachers. The Illinois Education Association-NEA’s mission is to effect excellence and equity in public education and to be THE advocacy organization for all public education employees.
Illinois PIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security or our right to fully participate in our democratic society. For decades, they've stood up for consumers, countering the influence of big banks, insurers, chemical manufacturers and other powerful special interests.
Indiana State Teachers Association
The Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) is a professional association organized to sustain quality public education, improve students’ educational opportunities and advance the professional status of educators. Members include public school educators from teachers to education support professionals to retired educators. They work to advocate locally and statewide on teacher and students' behalf to protect the integrity and elevate the respect of all educators. They offer professional development, networking and useful resources to help teachers' maximize your skills in and out of the classroom. Finally, they provide legal support, financial and insurance services, and exclusive discounts to members.
Jobs With Justice
At Jobs With Justice, we are leading the fight for workers’ rights and an economy that benefits everyone. By bringing together labor, community, student, and faith voices at the national and local levels, we are creating innovative solutions to the problems workers face today. Leading the Debt-Free Future campaign, Jobs With Justice is working to make college more affordable, reign in student lenders and for-profits through stronger regulations, and win debt relief for all working families by combining innovative communications strategies and solid research and policy advocacy with grassroots action and mobilization.
National Campus Leadership Council
The National Campus Leadership Council provides a venue for student body presidents and their teams to come together and confront exigent issues facing our generation. Since launching in January 2012, NCLC has empowered a broad network of more than 600 current and former student body presidents to more effectively shape the public discourse on issues ranging from student debt and youth jobs to campus safety and civic engagement. We help student leaders share best practices, identify innovative solutions, and generate greater expertise to ensure young leaders are effective stakeholders and spokespeople on campus and beyond.
National Consumer Law Center
The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) proudly traces its roots to President Lyndon Johnson's declaration of a "War on Poverty", and was among many of the national support centers established under the Legal Services Program to support low-income families. Today, NCLC continues to fight for the rights of low-income families and provides many resources to hard working civil legal aid and private attorneys representing low-income consumers. The talented lawyers of the National Consumer Law Center provide policy analysis, advocacy, litigation, expert witness services, and training for consumer advocates throughout the United States. NCLC also works with federal and state policymakers and participates in major litigation across the nation.
National Education Association
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.
The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) is New York State's largest student-directed research and advocacy organization. NYPIRG's Higher Education Project works on a federal, state, and local level fighting for access to an affordable higher education. NYPIRG's #ReformNYTAP Campaign is working to #MakeNYCollegeAffordable by protecting, restoring, and expanding the states Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Students from across New York State have been working with NYPIRG's Higher Education Project for over 40 years fighting against tuition hikes, high student loan debt, public disinvestment and more!
New York Students Rising (NYSR) is a statewide network of students and campus-organizations dedicated to defending public higher education and empowering students in New York State. NYSR began in May of 2011 in response to tuition increases and budget cuts at the State University of New York and the City University of New York. NYSR has helped win the removal of the Shale Gas Research Institute after it's ties to the fracking industry were discovered. In addition, NYSR campuses have won gender neutral housing and have gender identity included in campus non-discrimination policy.
Ohio Student Association
The Ohio Student Association is a statewide youth network that organizes, advocates, and trains young people across the state of Ohio to build and wield local and statewide power to fight for educational justice. We began in January 2012 as an organization focused on increasing access to higher education, and increasing the student voice in university decisions. As we have grown, we have developed a holistic approach to fighting educational injustice. We recognize that who gets to college is often determined by race , class and other factors out of the control of the individual. Now we focus on both higher education and K-12 education, as well as related community issues. We are fighting for educational justice, because we believe that every child in Ohio has the right to a quality education from Kindergarten through college.
One Wisconsin Now
The Institute for One Wisconsin is a 501(c)(3) statewide research and education organization of 80,000 online supporters that utilizes research, communications, rapid response and online organizing to achieve its vision for a Wisconsin with equal economic opportunity for all. The Institute operates in a joint agreement with One Wisconsin Now, a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, and its shared research and staff have appeared in thousands of media articles at the national, state and local levels and is a sought after source as an established news maker. The Institute for One Wisconsin has conducted groundbreaking research on the alarming impact of the trillion dollar student loan debt on key measures of household economic activity, new car purchases and home purchases. One Wisconsin working with public officials, partners and stakeholders and engaging students, borrowers and the general public to advance common sense solutions to the student loan debt crisis.
OurTime.org is a nationwide non-profit organization that leverages online organizing, new media, and popular culture to enhance the political voice of young Americans. Each day, we break down news and need-to-know policy into quick memes, short videos, and key bullet points. We also lead campaigns that register voters, remove ballot barriers, and fight for economic opportunity.
The Roosevelt Institute is the nonprofit partner to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY. The institute bring together thousands of thinkers and doers—from a new generation of leaders in every state to Nobel laureate economists—working to redefine the rules that guide our social and economic realities. The Roosevelt Institute works to reshape everything from local policy to federal legislation, orienting toward a new economic and political system: one built by many for the good of all.
Scholarship America believes that every student deserves an opportunity to go to college, regardless of their financial status. In 1958, an optometrist in Fall River, Mass., had a simple but profound idea—if everyone in his community gave just a dollar to an educational fund, it would be enough to help nearly every student in the community attend college. Dr. Irving Fradkin called his plan "Dollars for Scholars," and it has expanded into what today is the nation's largest non-profit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organization—Scholarship America. Since its founding, Scholarship America has distributed more than $3.1 billion to 2 million students across the country through its programs, including Dollars for Scholars, Dreamkeepers, and Scholarship Management Services.
The Service Employees International Union unites 2 million members, including 75,000 who work at American colleges and universities, in the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. SEIU members are dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.
Student Debt Crisis
StudentDebtCrisis.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to fundamental reforms to the way in which higher education is paid for in America. Central to our mission is a belief that a well-educated citizenry is essential to our prosperity as a nation in the new, 21st Century economy. Quality education is the key to our ability to compete and succeed on a global scale and, to the extent we burden our workforce with enormous debts to obtain the knowledge and skills they need to excel, we limit not only our future economic choices, but our freedom in general. The future economic success of our nation is wholly dependent upon a workforce with the critical thinking skills necessary for innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity. SDC’s core belief is that, in order to unleash the full potential of those skills, we can no longer burden students with the ever-increasing costs of an education that benefits society in general, not just the students receiving them.
Student Veterans of America
Student Veterans of America’s mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and after graduation. We achieve that mission by providing student veterans with critical programs and services via a campus-based, peer-support network known as the SVA chapter. Since SVA’s founding in 2008, the chapter network has grown from 20 campuses to more than 950 institutions of higher education in all 50 states and three countries overseas.
The American Association of University Women
The Century Foundation
The Century Foundation is one of the oldest public policy research institutes in the country. Through their evidence-based research and policy analysis, TCF seeks to inform citizens, guide policymakers, and reshape what government does for the better.
The Education Trust
The Education Trust promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college. Our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people—especially those from low-income families or who are black, Latino, or American Indian—to lives on the margins of the American mainstream.
The Institute for College Access & Success
An independent, nonprofit organization, the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) works to make higher education more available and affordable for people of all backgrounds. By conducting and supporting nonpartisan research, analysis, and advocacy, TICAS aims to improve the processes and public policies that can pave the way to successful educational outcomes for students and for society.
The Project on Predatory Student Lending - Harvard LSC
The Project on Predatory Student Lending is part of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School (LSC), a community law office and clinical teaching site of the law school. Clinical students join the Project’s staff to litigate cases on behalf of clients, in partnership with community-based organizations and advocacy organizations.
U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), is an advocate for the public interest, working to win concrete results on real problems that affect millions of lives, and standing up for the public against powerful interests when they push the other way.
Working Families is a progressive independent political organization that fights for economic and racial justice — and wins. Formed by labor unions, community organizations and grassroots activists, our aim is to advance bold policy goals that support dignity and justice for working class communities and communities of color. Working Families combines issue advocacy campaigns with a year-round electoral engagement to win ground breaking policies and elect strong progressive champions.
Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to mobilizing and expanding opportunities for young adults between 18 and 34 years of age on issues like higher education, health care, and jobs. YI was founded in the summer of 2009, motivated by the recognition that young people’s voices were not being heard in the debate over health care reform. Co-Founders Ari Matusiak and Aaron Smith and a few friends wanted to change that, so they set up a one page website, asking young people to share their stories, believing in their generation’s capacity to stand up and make itself heard. In a little more than a year, ‘YI’ went from a group run out of a law school cafeteria to a national organization, representing the interests of 18 to 34 year-olds and making sure that our perspective is heard wherever decisions about our collective future are being made. We do this through conducting cutting-edge policy research and analysis, sharing the stories of young adults, designing campaigns to educate on important issue areas, informing and mobilizing our generation and advocating to change the status quo. We still believe in our generation – now more than ever. We know that our generation will define the future we share as a nation. These are difficult times. But this is also our time.