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Case Study: Young Mayor Bringing Organizing Experience to Community-Centered Public Safety Approach in St. Paul

ST. PAUL CASE STUDY Generation Progress is launching a series of case studies to explore how young people have been involved in local efforts that have successfully moved forward the dual priorities of gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform. Young people between the ages of 18 to 35 ...

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In the 2018 Midterms, Young People Expanded the Electorate and Reshaped Legislatures to Look More Like America

Introduction The 2018 midterm elections demonstrated the opportunity for young voters to fundamentally expand and reshape the electorate to be more diverse and progressive, as well as their ability to dramatically change the values of elected bodies. Despite voter suppression in multiple states, ...

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A Generation Without Representation

This report explores the disparities in youth representation in state legislatures, the implications for diversity, and how proper representation translates to power.

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Case Study: Changing the Conversation by Electing a Young Survivor of Gun Violence in St. Louis

Generation Progress wanted to explore the question of what happens when a young survivor of gun violence is elected to public office. Does this change the conversation in state legislatures or the types of bills that are introduced?

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The Devastating Impact of Gun Violence on Young People

Stories of gun violence are all too common among young Americans. The United States’ gun violence epidemic disproportionately ravages young people, particularly young people of color. In short, gun violence is shattering a generation.

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Borrower’s Bill Of Rights: States Step Up To Protect Student Loan Borrowers

In the absence of federal leadership on loan servicing, states must step up to protect their student borrowers from servicers that act more like debt collectors than loan counselors. Fortunately, there is something they can do: create a Borrower’s Bill of Rights.

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Millennial Voters Win With Automatic Voter Registration

Millennials today number more than 83 million individuals and account for nearly one-third of both the labor force and the eligible voting population. Millennials now surpass Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation. Beyond sheer numbers, Millennials also represent the most diverse generation ...

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Building Tomorrow: The Need For Sustained Investment In America’s Progressive Youth

For far too long, progressive youth organizations have worked to elevate and center the voices of young people while lacking the funds to efficiently and fully transform young people’s progressive values into long-term progressive change.

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FACT SHEET: The Cost Of Catching Up, State-By-State

Across the United States it costs students in remediation and their families close to $1.3 billion in yearly out of pocket costs. These costs range from just over $1 million in Alaska to more than $205 million in California.

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Remedial Education: The Cost Of Catching Up

As many as 60 percent of entering college freshman are placed into remedial education courses to develop skills they should have learned in high school, at a cost of more than $1 billion annually.

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Annual Paperwork Should Not Stand In The Way Of Affordable Student-Loan Payments

Income-driven repayment plans have one major flaw: the need to annually reapply each year.

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We Can’t Afford To Wait: How States And Municipalities Can Help Curtail The Student Debt Crisis

By assisting borrowers manage their student loan debt and addressing the root causes of the student debt crisis, states and even municipalities have unique opportunities to take meaningful action.