We want to turn good ideas into good policy – to build a Virginia that we will be proud to call our home. Virginia21 is different because we know the issues matter. We aren’t particularly interested in ‘rocking the vote’ or ‘declaring ourselves,’ and we don’t know many young voters who are. We care about issues like education, economic development and good government – issues that affect our lives every day. So we tell Virginia’s next generation of leaders about these issues and why they matter. We give them the facts, show them how to impact the process, and point them in the right direction. A voter that’s informed about the issues and voting because they have a stake in those issues has become more than just a voter – they’re an active citizen.
We don’t really care if you’re Republican, Democrat, or neither. Young voters may not like partisanship, but we know that politics is not a dirty word; politics is how you change things in this country. We want to build a Virginia that we will be proud to call our home. Virginia21 is here to make sure that the young voter is heard above all the name-calling and bickering that goes on in our state capitol. We’re here to represent our generation because decisions are made by the people who show up.
Virginia21 maintains a steering committee of the student body presidents of the Virginia public colleges and universities that provide policy guidance and connection to our campus chapters. Our Board of Directors includes prominent business and community leaders that provide organizational governance, financial support, and strategic planning. Virginia21′s full-time professional staff maintains the day-to-day fundraising, program development, leadership training, and communications operations of the organization.
To educate the leaders of tomorrow by showing them how to make a difference today.
About the VA21 Organization and Statement of Purpose
Virginia21 is a 501(c)3 organization that has engaged over 65,000 young people in the political process by providing information, directing advocacy and coordinating political action on a non-partisan agenda that includes higher education, economic development, and good government.
We seek to teach young people that importance of leadership in solving the biggest challenges of our future and equip them with the tools to meet those challenges effectively. The next generation of young people will be our future community, business, and political leaders, and it is up to them to decide how ready they will be to take on the challenge of building and growing our Commonwealth. It is up to them to decide what kind of Virginia they want to call home. Virginia21 teaches that leadership cannot wait; we need the next generation now more than ever.