Rep. Larson Announces Plan to Re-Introduce Resolution in Support of Youth Council

August 29, 2013

Rep. Larson Announces Plan to Re-Introduce Resolution in Support of Youth Council

Joined by Connecticut Governor Malloy at Forum Addressing Youth Engagement in Government

Hartford, August 29, 2013:  At a Forum on Youth Engagement attended by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill, Congressman John B. Larson (D-CT) announced his plan to re-introduce H.J.Res 115 in support of a Presidential Youth Council.

The Presidential Youth Council will advise the President on the perspectives of young people, offer suggestions on how to make federally-funded youth policies more efficient and effective and create shared recommendations on issues that will affect the long term future of our country.

“Across the nation there are more than 100 million Americans under the age of 24. These young men and women deserve a voice as we make critical decisions that will affect the future of this country,” said Congressman Larson. “The perspectives of our youth should be an essential part of shaping policy that directly impacts them. That’s why a Presidential Youth Council is so important and why I am proud of the work of our own First Congressional District Youth Cabinet here in Connecticut. I urge Members to join me in support of this resolution to truly create a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

“I stand by Congressmen Larson and Courtney in support of a Presidential Youth Council whose mission would be to advise the President and Congress on crafting and implementing policies to best deal with issues of importance young people” said Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

Only 29 percent of American youth believe they have a say in what the government does, according to the Harvard Institute of Politics. With issues from the environment to the deficit directly impacting our youngest citizens, a Presidential Youth Council would give our nation’s youth a voice in the national debate and provide useful insight to policymakers.

“Young people bring a unique perspective that can help make our government more efficient, effective, and innovative.  Unfortunately, nearly three quarters of my generation do not believe that their voices are heard in Washington.  A Presidential Youth Council is the first step to change this and I applaud Congressman Larson for his continued support,” said Alex Wirth, 20, Chair of the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council.

The model for a Presidential Youth Council is a proven and established approach for engaging young people in organizations. The National League of Cities estimates that there are over 400 local youth councils in cities all across the United States. The State Department is building youth councils in U.S. embassies across the globe. And a number of national organizations regularly bring young people together to garner their unique views and perspectives. 

Supporters of a Presidential Youth Council can write their members of Congress asking them to co-sponsor the resolution using Popvox at http://bit.ly/1fj3YIJ.

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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 endorsed by 6 U.S. Senators, 7 Members of Congress, 100 organizations and the White House Council for Community Solutions.  Our mission is to establish a Presidential Youth Council, comprised of young Americans ages 16-24, to advise the President on the perspectives of young people, 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. To learn more and show your support visit: http://www.presidentialyouthcouncil.org.

Contacts:

Mousa Alshanteer
Director of Media Relations
Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council
Phone: (336) 847-9800
Email: mousa.alshanteer@duke.edu

 

Alex Wirth
Chair
Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council
Phone: (505) 231-7733
Email: alxwirth@gmail.com

 


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