Amplifying a Youth Movement: The Power of State Support
Within the last month, seven cities in Nebraska have passed a resolution calling for a Presidential Youth Council. The support these towns have shown our cause is amazing! The current towns to have passed our resolution in Nebraska are: Beemer, Craig, Decatur, Dodge, Fort Calhoun, Bancroft, and Snyder. Dodge was the first village to pass the resolution and has provided invaluable help spreading our message and providing contacts to grow our network.
The Village Board Chairman of Dodge, Leo Blaha, expressed his excitement at the idea of such a council.
“It is great to see that there are youth in Nebraska and across the nation that are willing to not only seek out leadership opportunities, but actually go out of their way to advocate for them.”
Additionally, it has been astonishing how many youth from these communities have come and shown their support. One such youth, Libby Baxter of Omaha—also part of the Nebraska Governor’s Youth Advisory Council—expressed her support at a recent meeting.
“This is a great opportunity for youth to get engaged in youth policy on the national scale," Libby said. "It’s really cool to see that youth councils like the Nebraska Governor’s Youth Advisory Council is setting a precedent for others, even at the federal level."
These resolutions are incredibly important to achieve the campaign’s goals. They show state and federal officials the progress that youth can make, they grant the campaign credibility, and they work to spread the campaign’s message. The resolutions are also crucial in getting state legislatures to pass our resolution. The Nebraska Team is looking forward to getting even more resolutions passed and we working with the Nebraska State Legislature to pass a resolution calling for the youth council’s establishment later this year.
We hope that our work will inspire and motivate others across the campaign to reinvigorate their efforts as we get closer to our ever-worthy goal.
James Moseman is the Nebraska State Director for the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council.