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Meet Zöe, our new fall intern!!

What made you want to intern with VIRGINIA21? As a political science major at VCU, I am very interested in the political atmosphere in Richmond. Not only does this organization meet that interest, but it also helps to better the experiences and opportunities of those around me. It is not often that younger generations are […]

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Stepping Outside The Echo Chamber

Our Deputy Director James Morton details how diversifying your news sources can broaden your knowledge and understanding of the current events.  Check out some of his recommendations for a non-partisan news outlook. One of the more consistent frustrations I hear from young people is that our political discourse has gotten way too polarized. Foundational to […]

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The Economic Reality of Being a Millennial

“Today’s young-person problem does not seem to be about a lack of jobs or a lack of participation. It is, rather, a lack of good jobs, a dearth of raises, and a shortage of opportunities for this historically educated generation to put its historic number of degrees to work.” This quote comes from “The Economy […]

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Meet Sarah, our new Intern!

Virginia21 just hired a brand new intern! Sarah Jenkins is a Richmond native who attends GMU and studies Global Affairs. To help our members get to know her better, I sat down with her to learn more about her ambitions, college experience, and of course, her spirit animal. What are looking forward to the most as […]

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Presidential Candidates & Policies on Higher Ed

Less than a quarter (21%) of Americans view higher education as affordable according to a 2015 Gallup poll. The average tuition bill for students at a public four-year college has increased by more than 250% after inflation over the past three decades– and rising costs are a big reason why higher education seems out of […]

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Prevention is Possible

  “Prevention is Possible.” This is the powerful slogan of the 2016 National Sexual Violence Resource Center campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This is a crucial message as statistics show the disconcerting reality of college campus sexual assaults. 1 in 4 women and 12 to 16 percent of men in college are victims. The […]

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On Time Graduation: Strategy for Success

Time is money. This idiom rings true for college students and their families in today’s economy and higher education climate. This reality is constantly present as the majority of public college students do not graduate within four years. Action has been taken to combat this issue through the 2016 legislative session. Senate Bill 440 was […]

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2016 General Assembly Bill Tracker

Virginia21 will be monitoring legislation that affect the lives of young Virginians throughout the 2016 session.  We will be working with legislators to ensure our colleges are affordable, accessible, and safe. Visit Virginia’s Legislative Information System for more details on the following bills.   College Affordability SB440 (Saslaw)/ HB568 (Cox) Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program; eligibility; […]

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Meet Tim, Our New Communications Director

Meet Tim Cywinski, Virginia21’s new Communications Director. Tim joins us from his last posting in Arizona where he worked on higher education policy as a project leader and organizer for Change Corps. To help our members get to know him a bit better, James sat down and asked him some real hard hitting questions like, […]

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IHEP Report: Some Colleges Could Be Doing a Much Better Job Enrolling and Graduating Low-Income Students

A recent report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) shows that high-achieving, lower-income students could complete college at higher rates, if only colleges would admit them in the first place. Several factors affect enrollment, but there are a key few that colleges and state governments need to be focused on, according to the […]

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