Presidential Youth Council

Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers

This Fourth of July, we're celebrating 24 extraordinary young people who are working to improve government and keep our democracy strong for generations to come.

They come from all walks of life and dedicate themselves a diverse range of issues, but they all share a passion for public service and strong belief that youth input into policymaking makes for better policies and stronger communities. 

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Mill Poll

A Millennial's reaction to a new poll: "The Nation isn't putting its money where its mouth is" when it comes to young people.



Recap of 2015 for the Presidential Youth Council

Within the last month, seven cities in Nebraska have passed a resolution calling for a Presidential Youth Council. James Moseman, Nebraska State Director for the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council shares how these resolutions can amplify youth voices and spread the campaign's message. 

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Governor Martin O’Malley and Governor Scott Walker are the organization’s first candidates to endorse the creation of a Presidential Youth Council. According to staff, it “represents a major step forward in cementing our mission that the ideas of young people deserve a seat at the table regarding issues facing the next generation.”


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Thursday, April 23rd is the most important day in the history of the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council. 16 Democrats and 12 Republicans came together to introduce a Congressional resolution calling for the creation of a Presidential Youth Council.  Bipartisan coalitions of this size are unusual in Washington.

Youth Impact: Council Profiles

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High school students concerned with the standardized testing requirements for graduation in Ohio catalyze reform.

youth bill of rights

In Portland, Oregon, youth engagement is guided by the first-in-the-nation Bill of Rights written by and for youth, and a measurable Action Plan.

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Three years after Oregon youth first brought together government, schools and nonprofits to tackle rising local violence, rates have stabilized and collaboration is increasingly the norm.

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Oregon youth helped establish a system of free bus passes for students in public schools.

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If you build it, and they don’t come, what do you do? In Oregon, when school-based health clinics faced this dilemma, county officials turned to youth for the solution.

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When young people have genuine opportunities and support to influence local and state policies, what happens? Our Youth Impact Snapshots series takes a look.