May 21, 2013

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Our Mission


Generation Progress is a national organization that works with and for young people to promote progressive solutions to key political and social challenges. Formerly known as Campus Progress, we are expanding our programs in activism, journalism, policy research and advocacy to engage all Millennials, not just those on college campuses. 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.

Generation Progress’s 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.

On the national level, Generation Progress’s staff and network members mobilize young progressives and advocate for their views in Washington and in states and communities around the country. We provide a national platform for young journalists, and we bring young people together through events that move them to action.


On the local level, Generation Progress supports activism, journalism, and events projects run by young people. We give young people training, advice, and resources to help their projects succeed.

Generation Progress combines proven approaches to advocacy and organizing with social media and other online tools to broaden and deepen our impact. We work with young people from a wide range of backgrounds and we seek to create innovative programs and materials that engage, challenge, and support a diverse group of participants. Backed by the policy expertise of the Center for American Progress, and working in collaboration with a wide range of allies, Generation Progress strives to be an effective, influential, and inclusive organization that helps make new generations a strong force for progressive change.

Generation Progress is an active member of collaborations including the Generational AllianceThe Media Consortium, and others.

Even if you’re not a young person anymore, and even if you don’t share our views, we hope you’ll stick around this website. There’s plenty of news, debate, great writing, and tons of cool videos and infographics that break down the policies and how they impact young people and the country as a whole.

To find out what others are saying about Generation Progress, visit our press room news coverage section.

What We Do

Generation Progress works with young people on their campuses, in their communities, and online:


National Advocacy— Generation Progress represents and mobilizes young people for progressive change on national issues from immigration and LGBT rights to climate change and affordable education.

Action Network— Generation Progress provides trainings, advice, and resources to young people working on their own activism campaigns around the country.

Voices Blog— Our blog offers hard-hitting journalism, analysis, and multimedia on issues young people care about; gives young writers, reporters, artists, and others the chance to publish nationally; and builds a community of progressives interested in issues, ideas, and activism.


Voices Network — Generation Progress trains and mentors young people running a diverse and growing group of progressive campus and community-based publications. We help students promote their work, expand their reach, and grow their presence through partnerships with other progressive organizations and Generation Progress.

To learn more about what we do and who we are, watch this short video.

The Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure our national policies reflect these values. Our policy and communications efforts are organized around four major objectives:

  • Developing a long term vision of a progressive America,
  • Providing a forum to generate new progressive ideas and policy proposals,
  • Responding effectively and rapidly to conservative proposals and rhetoric with a thoughtful critique and clear alternatives, and
  • Communicating progressive messages to the American public.

We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Click here to contact us.

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