YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER TO INFLUENCE POLITICS -- THAT'S WHERE WE COME IN.
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"I believe that moving this closer to campus will allow for better access for young people, our students to vote, as well as help local and lifelong community members," John Register, a Virginia 21 advocacy group representative and RU senior, said.
“Virginia is a Dillon Rule state, which is kind of a wonky term, but essentially that just means that the Virginia Legislature, the state Legislature, holds all the authority, and the only powers that localities hold are those that the Legislature delegates to them,” President of Virginia21 William Parada ’19 said.
Richmond’s student voting population has the potential to sway the partisan pendulum during the gubernatorial election on Nov. 7. There’s just one caveat: They need to show up.
From the Daily Press—
A bill introduced Wednesday would limit the extra dollars Virginians must pay to fund prepaid college savings plans — an attempt by two House Republicans to make college slightly more affordable... Gerica Goodman, policy director for Virginia21, welcomed the bill.
From the Daily Press..
A great profile on the work of two Virginia21 student leaders to enhance democracy on their campus.
“Godsoe and Parada are the presidents of their respective student chapters of Virginia21, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that aims to get more students and young professionals to the polls and involved with policymaking decisions. “
From The Roanoke Times: "Our whole lives we’ve been told 'you’re the future,' and now we’re seeing this wave of young folks getting directly involved because they’re tired of waiting their turn to make an impact and they’re tired of others speaking on their behalf," Cywinski said. "I think and I hope that this wave signals to all millennials that the future is now."
Will Millennials make a difference in the Gubernatorial election? Our Director of Engagement argues they will in this article from the Commonwealth Times.
The 2017 Gubernatorial election is quickly approaching. Unfortunately, the issues of young people have been noticeably missing from the political debate this year. Our Executive Director, Jared Calfee writes to the Richmond Times-Dispatch on why Millennials should be heard in this and every election cycle.
Our new policy director was invited to talk about #The30Percent and the power of millennials in this election on ABC 8! Watch the full interview here!