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Seeking Sanctuary: How Schools Can Protect and Advocate for Undocumented Students

Generation Progress has identified key policies—based on practices already in place at many schools—all colleges and universities must enact to fully open the gates of higher education to undocumented students.

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Young And Unionized

Rachel Bryan’s family are fourth generation homeowners in Oakland, California. When Rachel moved to Washington, DC, about a year ago for work, she describes the cross-country change as “taking one for the team.” But she says this while laughing, and talks in such a way that you can tell ...

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Young Money: Midway Through 2017, Youth Economic Opportunity Still Depends On Race And Ethnicity

Sign up to get each edition of Young Money–our newsletter on Millennials and money–in your inbox every month. June’s youth jobs day numbers show us not just how youth fared this month, but a reflection point for the first half of 2017. As will be discussed, the numbers show that while ...

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6 Stories That Show Why Student Loan Borrowers Need Protection

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently decided to roll back rules designed to help students who have been defrauded by their colleges. While scammed students have continued to request relief processing, no new loan discharges have been approved since January 20. Some borrowers have been waiting ...

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Who Are America’s Millennial Homeowners?

Homeownership may not be the rite of passage it once was for young adults: according to a report by the Pew Research Center, 2016 saw the lowest level of young homeowners in over 40 years. The same report says that 81 percent of adults think buying a home is the best long-term investment in the ...

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Young Money: Youth Unemployment Falls To Lowest Rate In A Decade But Participation Remains Low In May

While young people across the country finished up the school year and began to look for summer or permanent work in May, the Trump administration worked to reverse several policies that help ensure young workers’ success. The Trump budget, for instance, would cut funding for workplace development ...

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Seven Reasons Borrowers Want Sec. DeVos to Fire, Not Hire Navient

Navient, which two states and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently sued, holds loans for one in four student loan borrowers while maintaining a notorious record for cheating students at every stage of repayment. The Department of Education should act in the interest of borrowers ...

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#HandsOff Higher Ed: How The Trump-DeVos Education Budget Would Hurt Student Loan Borrowers

On Tuesday, May 22, President Trump announced his full budget. While he ran on a campaign bolstered by claims of populism and restoring power to the people, his budget does just the opposite: it cuts taxes for the wealthy while slashing foundational programs for low- and middle-income Americans. ...

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The Word

Every other week, we deliver Young Money, a newsletter on young people and economics that you’ll actually want to read, to your inbox. In it, we include personal finance tips–The Word–from experts on subjects that are actually relevant to you. You can find the most recent edition ...

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Young Resisters: Five Minutes With Local Business Owner And Activist Brittany Carmelle

This interview is part of an ongoing series profiling young resisters taking actions in their communities and sharing their ideas for countering “protest fatigue” with sustainable ways to keep resisting the Trump agenda for the long-haul. Brittany Carmelle is a 30-year-old activist and CEO of ...

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Young Money: In April, Youth Unemployment And Labor Force Participation Remain Low

In April, the economy added 211,000 jobs and the national unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent—its lowest rate since 2007. The youth unemployment rate, which measures Americans 16 to 24, ticked slightly upward in April, to 9.4 percent from 9.1 percent in March.

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Young Money: Youth Unemployment Rate Falls Across The Board

In March, the economy added 98,000 jobs and the national unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent in February. The youth unemployment rate, which tracks young Americans aged 16 to 24, fell even steeper, from 9.9 percent in February to 9.1 percent in March—its lowest rate in ...

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