By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal
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Youth Agenda a Glaring Omission in Rauner's State of the State (State Journal-Register)
Campus Network members Rachel Riemenschneider and Samuel Wylde point to the NextGen Illinois youth policy agenda as a collection of young people's concerns that are being overlooked.
Getting young people to engage in politics can be nearly impossible, but apparently even when they do, their requests fall on deaf ears.
Between May and September last year, thousands of young Illinoisans came together online and in person to discuss issues that are important to them, many of which were overlooked in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address Wednesday.
NextGenIL, a project run by the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, Young Invincibles, and a collection of dedicated partner organizations, convened college students from across Illinois to craft a collection of policies to improve the state for the future. Seventy-six caucuses at colleges and universities, coffee shops and town halls culminated in a conference where 600 of us shared our ideas and opinions on a range of issues affecting Illinois today.
By the end of the conference, we voted on what we considered the 10 most important issues for the youth of Illinois. And we made sure those issues showed up on Rauner’s desk.
We now see the real challenge is getting those issues on his agenda.
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