Young People Need to Re-Engage

We choose to be left out. Only 1 in 5 Millennials voted in the last midterm election. Those who abstained usually cited the reason that their voice wasn’t heard. If we can Tweet our opinion with #ActOnClimate, get retweeted by the President (@POTUS) and get a few thousand favorites, we feel far more heard than filling in a circle on a ballot.

Whether we engage or not, we face immense problems. To enumerate a few:

  • Income inequality
  • Climate change
  • Police brutality
  • Poverty
  • World hunger
  • The obesity epidemic
  • Failing schools
  • Recidivism and crime
  • Job opportunities
  • Terrorism

We know these problems exist and most of us probably know how to start solving them. But we don’t believe we have access to the people who can change them.

We’re changing that.

The University of Denver Roosevelt Institute has partnered with dozens of non-profits, businesses, and (most importantly) elected officials to have young people re-engage in politics. Our focus is on policy: the rules of the game. Ranging from university investment practices to business ethics to city infrastructure to state school funding, we target the problems we currently face and deliver the solutions we want to see.

The best part? We’re non-partisan. While phrases like “income inequality” may have a partisan charge to them, our goal is to empower any college student in identifying the policy changes necessary. We don’t lean left or right, but forward. We are looking to shape a better future for Denver, for Colorado, and for the country.

It’s time to create the world we want to see.

“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt