Youth Changemaker: Nick Troiano
Why I think it is important for Kansas government officials to operate in the light of day, rather than in secret, behind closed doors:
"Nick’s extensive experience with national and local government and nonprofits expresses his clear competence in promoting our generation’s interests."
- The youth-led Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council
Nick Troiano is young activist and "civic entrepreneur" who devotes his energies to youth civic engagement, Millennial leadership and fiscal issues. Most of his work has centered on fixing America's fiscal problems and increasing bipartisanship in our government. He has advocated for years on these issues, meeting with top officials and politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Nick is co-founder and National Field Director of The Can Kicks Back, a non-partisan and Millennial-driven campaign to defeat the national debt. He is also a part-time graduate student at Georgetown University, where he is pursing a Master's Degree in American Government.
Passionate about political reform, Nick served as National Campus Leader for Americans Elect, an organization that sought to nominate a third ticket for president and vice-president through the first-ever online convention in 2012.
He and a classmate created the Georgetown University Social Innovation Public Service or SIPS Fund, a $1.5 million student-funded endowment for social entrepreneurs. The fund provides members of the university community support to pursue the projects that interest them.
Nick has also served as Policy Director of the National Campus Leadership Council and as a member of the Concord Coalition Advisory Board, and worked with his fellow Millennials on national projects including the Millennial Trains Project, We Can't Pay That Tab, Concerned Youth of America, and others.
Nick's story of civic and political engagement was recently featured in the documentary Follow the Leader, a coming-of-age documentary that chronicled the experience of three young people getting involved in politics from high school into college. The film recently aired on PBS and premiered at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and has been featured at other events around the country.
Nick's work has been featured in the New York Times, Fox News, C-Span TV, and many other political news websites.
Nick's work has not just focused on the national level. In addition to all his work on the national scale, Nick created an award-winning documentary about the problems with a river in his hometown and created a civic engagement group for young people in his home county. His accomplishments show that Nick is a true advocate for Millennials everywhere.
Nick's nominator for this 24 Under 24 series, fellow youth advocate Joe Besterling, describes Nick as "inimitable... a passionate, young advocate who constantly is fighting for what he believes is right."
"The biggest divide in our country today is not between left and right, but between the present and the future." says Nick. "Young people need to a seat at the table to ensure public policy is both sustainable and generationally equitable. A Presidential Youth Council can help ensure those who will be most impact by decisions that are made (or are not made) today have a meaningful voice in the discussion."
"I'm honored to have been nominated and selected for this award, for which there are many more than 24 worthy recipients in our generation. (And I wish I never have to turn 25!)" he says.
Follow him on Twitter: @NickTroiano.
This profile is one of the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers, a series hosted by SparkAction and the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council to recognize young changemakers influencing policy and practice at the local, state and national levels.
The members of the youth-led Campaign chose the 24 youth who are featured in this series, from entries submitted by peers and mentors.
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