Whether your a lobbyist, community organizer, or just a concerned citizen, keeping up with current events is a crucial component of advocacy. It’s especially difficult to keep up with state legislation given the shear volume of bills that come through in a short amount of time. Luckily, the public can access a variety of online tools and resources that help demystify state politics and the policy-making process.
So for our first advocacy blog of this season, we present to you a guide for staying informed.
Democrats might point to the results in the House of Representatives to say that last night was a good night. Republicans might point to the results in the Senate and say the exact same thing. But regardless of your party label (or lack thereof), if you’re a young voter in Virginia, last night was a GREAT night. A higher percentage of young voters from the 2016 presidential election came back out to vote in a midterm election than did the state’s voters as a whole.
The state’s steadying disinvestment is one of the leading causes of the rising cost of public higher education in Virginia. This decline has resulted in shifting the responsibility for education-related costs at public institutions to students and their families, and sometimes causing them to struggle to meet their tuition needs without taking on large amounts of student debt...
Voting may seem intimidating, especially if you’ve never done it before. This election-- like every other one-- is constantly called “the most important election of our lifetime.” It’s certainly true that every election plays a vital role in our everyday lives, but you don’t let the pressure sway you from participating. Here’s everything you need to know about voting in Virginia…
How do we know your vote matters in Virginia? Our Elections are ALWAYS close.
What’s the difference between a voter and a nonvoter? A voter’s voice counts more.
The midterm elections are less than a month away, and, like every election, the stakes are high. Despite some positive efforts, a lot of issues plaguing our nation seem stuck. This problem may be the result of low voter turnout…
Student debt is currently one of the major focal points in the larger conversation about the cost of college. To make college more accessible, students and their families have relied on loans to help finance their educations leading to what is now being described as the “student debt crisis”. At $1.5 trillion, student loan debt is now the second-largest source of consumer debt, behind home mortgages, surpassing credit card debt in the United States. The average bachelor’s degree graduate at one of Virginia’s four-year public institutions will walk away with approximately $30,000 in student loans. As startling as these number are, they do not tell the whole story of student loans or the student debt crisis.
Higher education is considered both a public and a private good and its cost is shared between the state, students, and their families, however there has been a consistent shift in funding, and students and families are now responsible for a larger portion of the cost.
are you a current college student who wants to build political power for your generation? Do you want to learn how to affect and craft policy, lobby elected officials, organize your campus, and design a strategic communications plan? If the answer is yes, then here are four ways Virginia21’s Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) will empower you.
Following the feedback we received from #the30percent Campaign and Millennial Engagement Survey, Virginia21 created a legislative agenda that reflected the views and opinions expressed by the students and young professionals we represent, including college affordability, student loans, economic prosperity, and student privacy. Here's what we accomplished and what you should know.
How does a bill become a law in Virginia, and is there anything citizens can do to be part of the process? Intern Devin Lanier and Director of Engagement Tim Cywinski answer both questions in the second installment of our State Politics Education series: "How (you can help) Bill become a law."
Virginia's General Assembly is more reactive to the concerns of average people than you may realize, and getting involved in the process is easier than it looks. Tim Cywinski writes part 1 of our state politics educational series designed to help everyday people understand Virginia's Government in a way that helps them make a difference.
The turnout numbers from this year's election are incredible, and they are really encouraging. Young people saw bigger increases in participation than any other demographic group. This is a testament to the great work by Virginia21 students and other young people around the state to register their peers and create a culture that values political participation.
Think voting doesn't make a difference? Think again! Voting doesn't only allow you to impact our future, it also makes you as cool as the sunglasses emoji! Here are 8 reasons why voting is all the rage for anyone looking to be awesome.
Get educated on education (in a bite-size format)! Here we have broken down the higher education policies for both candidates running for Virginia's governor this November. The more we know the better prepared we will be to vote on the topics that matter the most to us.
Millennials can be an electoral powerhouse in Virginia's November 7th election. This represents an opportunity for our generation to bring attention to our issues through voting, and by helping with Virginia21's #The30Percent initiative. Find out how YOU can help here!
Virginia21 is super stoked about our newest addition to the full-time staff! Gerica Goodman is a graduate of GMU, former Director of the Professional MBA Program at Tech (Go Hokies !), and would choose Olivia Pope as her Presidential Campaign Manager. She "Fitz" in already!
We could not be more excited to announce the newest addition to the VA21 full-time team! Kate Slayton has come on as our Development Director to help grow the organization. I sat down with Kate to discuss the most pressing issues of our time like, “What makes the perfect pizza?”. Enjoy!