28 Members of Congress Tell the President to Get Serious about Youth Engagement

April 23, 2015

Washington, D.C. – March 24, 2015– A bipartisan coalition of 28 Members of Congress came together to introduce a resolution, which calls on the President to create a Presidential Youth Council. The coalition, led by Rep. John Larson (D-CT) and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), demonstrates strong, bipartisan support in Congress for incorporating the perspectives of youth into federal policymaking.

Rep. Larson described the Presidential Youth Council as “an opportunity for youth to be more involved in the governance of our nation.” The council would be the first youth council in the federal government and advise the Executive and Legislative Branches on the design, implementation, and evaluation of federal youth programs. It would aim to make current federal youth programs more efficient and effective and to increase youth civic engagement. Rep. Rob Bishop noted that, “Kids need to know and care about their country and their government, and a Presidential Youth Council will be one of the ways to involve them in the debate.”

In today’s atmosphere of intense Congressional partisanship, the strong, bipartisan support for a Presidential Youth Council is particularly unusual. Chair of the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council, James Ferencsik said, “The size and political diversity of this coalition is a testament to the quality of this idea and the dedication of our grassroots network that lobbied their Representatives to support this resolution.” The full list of Congressional supporters can be found below:


John Larson (D-CT)

Rob Bishop (R-UT)

Alcee Hasting (D-FL)

Susan Brooks (R-IN)

Tim Ryan (D-OH)

Leonard Lance (R-NJ)

William Lacy Clay (D-MO)

Don Young (R-AK)

David Price (D-NC)

Bradley Byrne (R-AL)

Antonio Cardenas (D-CA)

Ryan Zinke (R-MT)

Brad Ashford (D-NE)

Bruce Westerman (R-AR)

Joe Courtney (D-CT)

Richard Neal (D-MA)

Chris Stewart (R-UT)

Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA)

Julia Brownley (D-CA)

Todd Young (R-IN)

Betty McCollum (D-MN)

Kristi Noem (R-SD)

John Delaney (D-MD)

David Young (R-IA)

Mike Thompson (D-CA)

Andrew Carson (D-IN)

Jim Cooper (D-TN)

Elizabeth Esty (D-CT)


Watch the video Rep. Larson (D-CT) and Rep. Bishop (R-UT) made to announce the resolution's introduction below. 


Celebrate this accomplishment:

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BIG NEWS! Congress shows bipartisan support w/ an introduction for a #PresidentialYouthCouncil. Congrats @gov4youth! bit.ly/Resolution4PYC
Congratulations @gov4youth for making history with Congressional bipartisan support for a Presidential Youth Council!  bit.ly/Resolution4PYC 
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  Today is the most important day in the history of the @Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council! 27 members of Congress are showing their bipartisan support through an introduction of a resolution calling for the creation of a Presidential Youth Council.  This is huge! Young Americans should have a greater voice in our federal government. Celebrate this accomplishment by watching the video Rep. Larson (D-CT) and Rep. Bishop (R-UT) made to announce the resolution's introduction  https://youtu.be/UHy6g-LMoxM and read the full press release here: bit.ly/Resolution4PYC
  Congratulations to @Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council for getting bipartisan support on a Congressional Resolution calling for a creation of a Presidential Youth Council. This is a HUGE step for incorporating the perspectives of young people into federal policymaking bit.ly/Resolution4PYC


Take Action!

Help to enlarge the Congressional coalition. Take five minutes to Call your Representative and let him or her know that you support a Presidential Youth Council. Apply to join the Campaign's rapidly growing staff. Together, you can give the 104 Americans under the age of 24 a voice in Washington.

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