Recently, I’ve been getting involved in this nationwide campaign known as #FixYoungAmerica, which is tackling an issue that I am dealing with right now: youth unemployment. The campaign aims to deal with reaching out to politicians and lawmakers who can make a difference and guide their minds toward putting partisan politics aside and helping the United States with this epidemic.
Although many people would say they would not see this campaign as for a noble cause, I would argue the opposite.
Our government is being strangled by partisan politics, youth employment is at a 60-year low, and student loan debt is approaching $1 trillion — and yet only the loudest negative voices in the room are getting mainstream media attention. If we genuinely want Millennials — and future generations — to survive and thrive in the new economy, then we need REAL solutions, and we need them now. Having worked with tens of thousands of young people and dozens of America’s most storied institutions and organizations, the Young Entrepreneur Council has witnessed firsthand the programs, policies and solutions that ARE working. Now, the YEC seeks to lead a solutions-based movement — and start a much-needed conversation in this country — to #FixYoungAmerica.
Through the #FixYoungAmerica movement, the YEC and dozens of campaign partners (including Babson College, Junior Achievement, Codecademy, NFTE and more) will introduce real, proven solutions to our nation’s biggest problem: How do we overcome the epidemics of youth unemployment and underemployment to #FixYoungAmerica? To do so, the YEC-led coalition will spearhead a 10-city bus tour (in partnership with Young Invincibles), a crowdfunding campaign, a mainstream media campaign, and the debut of the official #FixYoungAmerica book, a compilation of essays written by America’s most brilliant intellectuals, nonprofit founders, philanthropists, educators, politicians, and entrepreneurs championing youth entrepreneurship.
From policy ideas and educational programs, to private sector solutions and philanthropic activities, the #FixYoungAmerica initiative will provide politicians, educators, community leaders, executives, ordinary citizens and young people with best practices and tangible solutions — directly from the very leaders who have proven their effectiveness — that reveal how government, academia, nonprofits, the private sector and ordinary citizens we can ALL work together to spark an entrepreneurial revolution and rebuild the American dream for millions of young people.
Several of the solutions the campaign and book will explore include:
- Student loan forgiveness for young entrepreneurs
- Passing a crowdfunding bill
- Supporting franchise ownership for veterans & youth
- Ways to create new “Silicon Valleys” throughout the U.S.
- Best practices for colleges to graduate more entrepreneurs
- Expanding Self-Employment Assistance (SEA)
- Increasing young founders’ access to capital
- Teaching entrepreneurship to ALL young Americans, including at-risk youth.
Several of #FYA’s campaign goals are to:
- Put a copy of the book into the hands of every politician, college president and applicable leader in America;
- Testify in a Congressional hearing about issues facing young entrepreneurs, and the solutions that can help them;
- Set up a round-table meeting to discuss #FYA solutions with President Obama and other government leaders;
- Rally support for our initiative and its goals from major U.S. corporations, celebrities and noteworthy entrepreneurs;
- Gain traction in the mainstream media for the solutions presented in order to generate greater awareness for the campaign;
- Raise enough funds to bring the campaign to the masses and deliver our message to decision makers across the United States;
- Get hundreds of additional proven solutions from individuals and organizations not included in the book or campaign, to further our objective to #FixYoungAmerica.
#FixYoungAmerica is not some utopian dream. This a series of proven, realistic and possible goals worth fighting for. From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street to the SOPA and PIPA protests, we’ve seen the power of what like-minded individuals can achieve.
This is why, on April 19, the Oklahoma State University chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars will lead a rally on-campus to receive media attention for our cause. I believe this is a cause that many students can get behind, because it IS something that directly affects THEM. Stay tuned to hear about how our efforts go.
If you are interested in the rally to take place on campus, you may email me. If you are not at Oklahoma State University, you can find information from your school’s NSCS chapter, or click here to see where the rally nearest you will take place.
Thanks to the YEC team for contributing information.