Every American generation is defined by the policy battles that shape it: the New Deal, the Great Society, the Civil Rights Movement, the War on Drugs, and the War on Terrorism. How will we be defined?
In the midst of the Great Recession our Congress remains gridlocked, held hostage by ideological struggles and the influence of corporate money. We are desperately in need of new ideas to carry this country forward; towards a new economy, a new approach to national defense, affordable and equitable education, a stronger, more flexible social safety net, and a new energy infrastructure that can keep our country competitive in the twenty-first century. Where will these ideas come from? They’re going to come from our Generation and we all have a part to play.
That’s where the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network comes in. Founded in 2006 by students across the country who were frustrated that their ideas were not playing an active role in the national political dialogue. Founded by students, for students, the Campus Network promotes a new form of progressive activism: grassroots policymaking. We give our students the tools and resources to generate impact in their communities and provide a platform to express their ideas on the national stage.
Our national publication, the 10Ideas series, is a key piece of that platform. Every year, each of our six policy centers publishes a journal that highlights the best student ideas for progressive change. We work with each author to promote their ideas in policy forums at the local, state, and national level, connecting them to the top progressive organizations and taking their ideas to the halls of Congress. This year, the New York City staff will recognize the top 10 ideas submission from each policy center by bringing the authors to New York City in January to participate in a writing workshop and meet with leading progressive thinkers to share their ideas for change.
You can register for ‘Intent to Submit’ by November 1 and the Campus Network will provide resources to help you build your idea. The deadline for all submissions is December 1. Get info here. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to make your voice heard.