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About this Series

A new online profile series celebrates 24 young people who are changing America for the better through what might seem like an unlikely route for someone under the age of 24: deep engagement in policymaking and governance in their communities and states.

The Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers series, launching July 4, features profiles of young people who are working with lawmakers at various levels to improve policies and strengthen the systems that touch their lives. Entrants were nominated by friends, mentors and peers and the winners were chosen by the young members of the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council, a bipartisan youth-led coalition working to establish a council of Americans ages 16 to 24 who would advise the President on youth-related policies and create shared recommendations on issues affecting the long-term future of our country.

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About the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council

The Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council is a bi-partisan, youth-led initiative, to establish a Presidential Youth Council, comprising young Americans ages 16 to 24, to advise the President on the perspectives of youth, offer suggestions on the design and implementation of youth policies, and to create shared recommendations on issues that will affect the long-term future of our country.
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About SparkAction

SparkAction is a collaborative journalism and advocacy website that mobilizes action by and for children and youth. Its stories and action tools help concerned young people and adults get informed and get involved across the full range of issues affecting children, youth and families.

 


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We've made it easy for you to get the word out about the series to interested youth and adults in your networks. Below, you'll find material to post on your blog and social networks. Feel free to edit and tailor for your audiences. Questions? Contact Alison Waldman.
 

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On Independence Day, the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and SparkAction released a list of the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers, featuring exemplary young people from across the country working to keep our democracy strong. These 24 individuals represent the best in America: innovation, hard work, determination and a can-do attitude.  View the list at www.sparkaction.org/24under24.

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 Launch (July 4):

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On July 4 (Launch)

  • As we spend today reflecting on the foundation of our great nation, the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council & SparkAction are celebrating the young people who will keep our democracy strong for generations to come. Their list of the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers features the best young people in the country positively influencing government.  www.sparkaction.org/24under24
     
  • Today, The Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and SparkAction recognize the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers from around the country.  These 24 individuals represent the best in America -- innovation, hard work, determination, and a can-do attitude. www.sparkaction.org/24under24
     
  • Today the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and SparkAction announced the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers in government. These 24 young people embody the can-do spirit of the founding fathers as they work to keep our democracy strong for generations to come. www.sparkaction.org/24under24
     
  • Today the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and SparkAction announced the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers changing America for the better through deep engagement in policymaking and governance. www.sparkaction.org/24under24
     

 Beyond July 4

  • On Independence Day, The Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and SparkAction recognized the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers from around the country.  These 24 individuals represent the best in America -- innovation, hard work, determination, and a can-do attitude. www.sparkaction.org/24under24
     
  • For the 4th of July, The Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and Spark Action announced the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers changing America for the better through deep engagement in policymaking and governance. www.sparkaction.org/24under24
     
  • On the 4th of July, the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and SparkAction announced the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers in government. These 24 young people embody the can-do spirit of the founding fathers as they work to keep our democracy strong for generations to come. www.sparkaction.org/24under24
     
  • As we spent last week reflecting on the foundation of our great nation, the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council & SparkAction celebrated the young people working to keep our democracy strong for generations to come. Their list of the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers features the best young people in the country positively influencing government.  www.sparkaction.org/24under24

 


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PRESS RELEASE

Members of the media: thank you for your interest. Please use the images and multimedia files above. The press release is below.

For additional information or to arrange interviews, please contact Caitlin Johnson, co-founder and managing editor of SparkAction, at caitlin@sparkaction.org.

 

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For Immediate Release July 3, 2013       
Contact:
Caitlin Johnson, co-founder, SparkAction
202-207-3726, caitlin@sparkaction.org

Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers Who Are Changing America for the Better

To celebrate Independence Day, national youth-led coalition honors 24 young people working to keep our democracy strong

Washington, DC, and national—A new online profile series celebrates 24 young people who are changing America for the better through what might seem like an unlikely route for someone under the age of 24: deep engagement in policymaking and governance in their communities and states.

The Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers series, launching July 4, profiles young people who are working with lawmakers at various levels to improve policies and strengthen the systems that touch their lives. Entrants were nominated by friends, mentors and peers and the winners were chosen by the young members of the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council, a bipartisan youth-led coalition working to establish a council of Americans ages 16 to 24 who would advise the President on youth-related policies and create shared recommendations on issues affecting the long-term future of our country.

The winners have testified about HIV/AIDS in front of Presidential Commissions, successfully fought to keep student representation on Florida State University System's governing board, and run for and been elected as voting members of their school boards. They have helped redesign education and foster care, crafted innovative approaches to solving the national debt, and worked with city and tribal governments to overhaul local environmental policies.

“On the Fourth of July, we celebrate the triumph and courage of those who signed the Declaration of Independence and established our democracy,” says Alex Wirth, 19, chair of the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council.  “These 24 young people embody the can-do spirit of the founding fathers as they work to keep our democracy strong for generations to come.”

“This is especially important at a time when partisan divisions threaten the effectiveness of our government, and when conditions both real and perceived are alienating some young people from the political process,” says Avantika Krishna,19,deputy director of the Campaign. “We must do better to make space for and engage young people in government.  When young people are involved, the result is a better government for everyone.”

The profiles are available online at SparkAction.org/24under24, and include stories, images and some multimedia. For more information, visit http://SparkAction.org/24under24.                            

About the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council

The Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council is a bi-partisan, youth-led initiative, to establish a Presidential Youth Council, comprising young Americans ages 16 to 24, to advise the President on the perspectives of youth, offer suggestions on the design and implementation of youth policies, and to create shared recommendations on issues that will affect the long-term future of our country.

About SparkAction

SparkAction.org is a collaborative, nonprofit journalism and advocacy network to mobilize action for and by young people.  Under a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, SparkAction is helping to support the work of the Campaign, including curating and distributing the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers series.

Media Contact:

Caitlin Johnson, co-founder and director, SparkAction, 202-207-3726, caitlin@sparkaction.org

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