Your Voice Counts-- The Numbers prove it

Your Voice Counts-- The Numbers prove it

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…

Virginia's Student Debt Crisis: What Is It, How We Got Here, and What’s Next?

Virginia's Student Debt Crisis: What Is It, How We Got Here, and What’s Next?

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.

Become Empowered. 3 Ways the Summer Leadership Institute will Make You an Effective Advocate.

Become Empowered. 3 Ways the Summer Leadership Institute will Make You an Effective Advocate.

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.

State Politics Education Series: What is the General Assembly and why should you care?

State Politics Education Series: What is the General Assembly and why should you care?

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.