Recap: Presidential Youth Council in 2015
2015 has been a huge year for the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council. In March, Rep. Larson and Rep. Bishop introduced House Joint Resolution 47, calling on the President to create a PYC. The resolution now has 50 official Congressional supporters, or co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle. Three Presidential candidates – Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. Martin O’Malley, and Gov. Scott Walker – endorsed a Presidential Youth Council, and we have gotten positive responses from several other candidates.
Organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of America have announced their official support for the Campaign, joining our coalition of over 150 organizations. We have also received a wave of support from local governments thanks to the work of Campaign staff like James Moseman in Nebraska, who garnered the support of 8 local governments in less than 6 weeks.
Our successes are a testament to what young Americans can do when we engage in the political process. We have been able to put an issue on the radar of Members of Congress and Presidential candidates, and I am excited to see what we can do in the coming year.
Looking forward, we are focused on convincing the next President to create a Presidential Youth Council. We plan to use this coming year to build bipartisan support at the local, state, and federal levels. We will continue to engage in the 2016 Presidential Election and work to demonstrate the widespread support for this initiative.
To learn more about our efforts and get involved, check out our website: http://www.presidentialyouthcouncil.org/.