Roosevelt Network

Donate and Support

Donate to Roosevelt  Building true public power means shifting decision-making power to communities historically denied political influence and democratic representation. By donating to the Roosevelt Network today, you can help us train and support the policy leaders, organizers, and advocates of tomorrow. Together, we can rewrite the rules. Link to Forge Fellowship fundraising  Link to 

Alumni – Get Involved

As a Roosevelter, you are part of a network of over 10,000 members across the United States and around the world. While our individual stories, voices, and backgrounds vary, we all share a common goal of rewriting the rules—and changing who writes them. Whether you’re fresh out of college or well into your career, you

The Roosevelt Network’s Emerging Fellowship program is a yearlong opportunity for college students to dig deeper into formal policy research and advocacy efforts. This year, the University of Georgia’s Tarun Ramesh and Northeastern University’s Karl Meakin tackled some of the most pressing issues of our time: the opioid crisis and climate change.  In “Incorporation of

Our Chapters

Chapters are the backbone of the Roosevelt Network—the primary means through which we organize and build progressive infrastructure across the country. Led by undergraduate students, chapters are located on college campuses and in cities across 40 states, alongside a handful of internationally-based universities.  With trainings and individualized support from our national leadership team and staff,

National Leadership

When we say “who writes the rules matters,” we mean it. Young people have a stake in this fight and will need to live with the long-term consequences of the choices made by key decision-makers; that’s why we believe it is so important for their voices to be heard in this process, and why we

Our Alumni

Our members are still Roosevelters even after they graduate college. As a Roosevelt alum, you are part of a network of over 10,000 members across the United States and around the world. While our stories and voices vary, we all share a common goal of changing who writes the rules. Roosevelt alumni are a force

At the Roosevelt Institute, we understand the importance and value of young people’s ideas, and we’re actively working with a new generation of leaders committed to fighting for their vision. Our oldest and most competitive policy journal, 10 Ideas, promotes that work by elevating the top student-generated policy proposals from across the country. Education Ensuring That

Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy awards affiliates of the Roosevelt Institute who enroll in any of the master’s programs at Heinz College a minimum scholarship of 30% of tuition per semester.  Heinz College provides students with the analytics, technology, and policy skills necessary to solve complex societal problems in

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10 Ideas 2019: Report

Now in its 11th edition, the Roosevelt Network’s 10 Ideas journal is a testament to the importance of changing who writes the rules. The 10 student-developed policy proposals in this journal are visionary but also scalable. They chart bold new ways to deploy public power for the public good, spanning issue areas and geographies. Each

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The Forge Fellowship

Reclaiming Public Power in Local Communities This fellowship is a stipended opportunity for 5–8 students currently enrolled at community colleges and public universities that do not have an existing Roosevelt chapter on their campus. Participants will be trained in core research, policy, organizing, and base-building skills, and receive one-on-one guidance from Roosevelt staff and alumni

Applications are now closed for our new Alumni Committee! Instituted in 2014, the mission of the Alumni Committee is to expand resources for Network alumni programming; collaborate with staff on alumni programming and hold the Network accountable to its founding mission. The Alumni Committee will consist of 7 members who bring unique perspectives to strategic

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Roosevelt @ NYC

Roosevelt @ NYC is a cohort of diverse emerging leaders who focus on finding policy solutions that align with the concerns of New York City students, particularly those within the City University of New York systems. The chapter meets biweekly in Manhattan to discuss current events and challenges related to student life in New York.

Fall Webinar Series

This year, we’re offering more support for your ideas generation than ever before. We’ve provided suggested trainings below that you should complete before, during, and as you work to make your ideas a reality. 10 Ideas Key 10 Ideas deadlines are bolded in the list below. The following trainings can be accessed via our training

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Financialization Incubator

Higher education is in a state of crisis. Public funding for schools is decreasing. Tuition and fees are rising. Students continue to shoulder the burden of these trends, collectively taking on nearly $1.6 trillion in debt. Yet institutional leaders are pouring billions of dollars into risky financial investments and expensive amenities—actively prioritizing monetary gains over

The Roosevelt Institute, with Young Invincibles and Women Employed, is working to defend access to public education in Illinois through investment in the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP). Partnering with organizations and students across the state, we are asking gubernatorial candidates for a commitment to stabilized funding in the event of another budget impasse, and

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Operating in an era defined by dysfunction and chaos, the consolidation of power among the wealthiest among us, increased privatization of key public goods, the rollback of social safety net policies, and the criminalization of the most vulnerable among us– Roosevelters have continued to relentlessly pursue our mission to change who writes the rules for

Emerging Fellowship

The Emerging Fellowship is a year-long, individual, part-time remote opportunity, in which students dig deeper into formal research and advocacy efforts in their selected topic, coming at the end of the program with a written research product and a campaign plan. As a cohort, they receive support from national staff in the form of required

At the Roosevelt Institute, we understand the importance and value of young people’s ideas, and we’re actively working with a new generation of leaders committed to fighting for their vision. Our oldest and most competitive policy journal, 10 Ideas, promotes that work by elevating the top student-generated policy proposals from across the country. Healthcare Rehabilitating Sports

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10 Ideas 2018

Roosevelters all across the country are rising to the challenges of today and building their own rulebook, so that government can be reflective of and responsive to the people it’s meant to serve. Our current political and social reality is profoundly different than ones that existed in previous iterations of this journal, but despite that,

Forge Fellowship

This fellowship is a stipended opportunity for 5-8 students currently enrolled at community colleges and public universities that do not have an existing Roosevelt chapter on their campus. Participants will be trained in core research, policy, organizing, and base-building skills, and receive one-on-one guidance from Roosevelt staff and alumni as they build chapters and launch

Today, the power of corporations is vastly limiting our ability to access key public goods like water, healthcare, education, internet, and transport.  Such corporate power has ensured that the public goods we need most are neither equitable nor accessible. Equally, we are unable to hold such private actors- from charter schools to private prison companies

Roosevelt Institute at Northeastern University is hosting a free Screening of Backpack Full of Cash followed by a community discussion of the film. The film focusses on issues of charter schools, vouchers, and privatization. This timely new documentary takes viewers into the world of market-based education reform. With cautionary examples of privatization and funding cuts have had a

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Chicago Leaders Class

From widespread privatization to the new Illinois state budget, Chicago has problems that demand solutions. Chicago Leaders Class (CLC) brought together students from Chicago area schools each semester for a crash-course in local public policy issues, grassroots organizing, and political discourse– helping to engage students during in the crucial upcoming local elections. CLC was an

Finance is no longer channeling our collective investments to productive uses. Instead, it’s using society’s resources to enrich itself at the cost of students, taxpayers, and communities. The story of finance in the economy is an old and simple one- the finance sector grows and protects the savings of individuals and institutions, and pools them

Re:Public

What do the increase in for-profit colleges and private prisons have in common? Unchecked corporate power in our public institutions. Lack of public control over the provision of public goods demands action now. Our future is not for sale. A mainstay in our politics since post World War II and now embedded in our highest political offices,

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Policy Challenges

In 2017, the Roosevelt Network built the Re: Public Project, designed to fight for accessible, equitable, and transparent public goods by strengthening our public institutions and combating the trend of privatization. In line with this bold vision and our will to act, we launched the 2019 Policy Challenges, enabling Roosevelters across the country to work

Repeal the Blindfold Law

In partnership with the Coalition to Repeal the Blindfold Law, the Roosevelt Institute is working to prevent wrongful convictions and make criminal trials fairer in New York. New York currently has one of the most restrictive criminal discovery provisions in the country. This is the statute which governs the process of by which both sides

Vast public resources have been transferred from public control to private hands without an increase in public oversight. This process is known as privatization. This lack of democratic control makes it harder to hold private companies accountable and transparent. A mainstay in our politics since post war II and now embedded in our highest political

At the Roosevelt Institute, we understand the importance and value of young people’s ideas, and we’re actively working with a new generation of leaders committed to fighting for their vision. Our oldest and most competitive policy journal, 10 Ideas, promotes that work by elevating the top student-generated policy proposals from across the country. Foreign Policy

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10 Ideas 2017: Report

At the Roosevelt Institute, we understand the importance and value of young people’s ideas, and we’re actively working with a new generation of leaders committed to fighting for their vision. Our oldest and most competitive policy journal, 10 Ideas, promotes that work by elevating the top student-generated policy proposals from across the country. The 10

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Democratic Access

With the conclusion of the first national election following the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, and another sweeping election characterized by widespread electoral discrimination especially among our most vulnerable populations, it is clear that issues of democracy are at the forefront of national political consciousness. In the short term, we believe there is immense potential

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10 Ideas

The Roosevelt Network is proud to present our 10 Ideas journal! Since 2008, this journal has elevated the ideas of young people seeking not only to rewrite the rules for their communities, but also to change who writes them. 10 Ideas is an annual Roosevelt Network program that generates student policy proposals. Each year, students

Introducing 10 Ideas 2016

Today, Roosevelt is excited to announce the launch of 10 Ideas 2016: – 10 Ideas for Defense & Diplomacy – 10 Ideas for Economic Development – 10 Ideas for Education – 10 Ideas for Energy & Environment – 10 Ideas for Equal Justice – 10 Ideas for Health Care

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Student Leadership 2019-2020

In 2019, our political institutions are under attack from the inside, and our political leadership is failing to enact policies that help those most in need. That’s why we need a new generation of leaders committed to fighting for their ideas and their values. Our national leadership team ensures the network’s success each year by

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Our National Network

Roosevelt is a network of over 10,000 students working to advance solutions in their communities because we believe it matters who writes the rules. Our members are organized on a wide variety of 130 campuses in 40 states nationwide that work with policy makers and communicators to write and enact local, state, and national policy.

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Annual Hyde Park Conference

In the past year, we’ve seen some inspiring moments: the highest Midterm turnout since 1914, felon re-enfranchisement in Florida, an overhaul of criminal justice in New York,  and progressive policies like universal basic income, the abolishment of the electoral college, free healthcare have taken a prominent role policy debates. Networks like ours must continue organizing,

The Roosevelt Institute’s annual 10 Ideas series is the largest undergraduate policy journal, sharing locally-generated student ideas from across the country to create policy change. Read our 10 Ideas for Energy & Environment 2015 below: 10 Ideas for Energy and Environment, 2015 by Roosevelt Campus Network Closing Orphaned Wells: Preventing Spills When Oil Companies Go Bankrupt

10 Ideas 2015

The Roosevelt Institute’s annual 10 Ideas series is the largest undergraduate policy journal, sharing locally-generated student ideas from across the country to create policy change. 10 Ideas for Education10 Ideas for Defense and Diplomacy10 Ideas for Healthcare10 Ideas for Equal Justice10 Ideas for Economic Development10 Ideas for Energy & Environment

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Roosevelter Meili Swanson on using Telemedical Healthcare to address PTSD in American veterans.  This paper examines policy alternatives and evaluates them based on effectiveness, cost, and political feasibility. From the research conducted, telemedical healthcare is a way to increase veteran access to PTSD screening and further treatment. Telemedical healthcare utilizes a Skype-like platform to connect patient

Megan Ernst, Emerging Fellow for Education for 2014-2015 and UGA Class of 2015, details whySummer lab schools, staffed by graduate students of education from public universities across the state, could be used to minimize summer learning loss among low-income public school students. This program would also have the benefit of providing additional pedagogical training for future

Emily Cerciello, Emerging Fellow for Health Care for 2014-2015 and UNC-Chapel Hill Class of 2015, details why North Carolina should expand Medicaid in order to cover to mentally ill residents. New Medicaid expansion enrollees are more likely to have high rates of mental illness, with estimates showing rates of nearly 25 percent among such enrollees in Delaware,

Eugenia Kim and Alan Smith outline a plan for NYU to invest its sizable endowment into institutions that benefit both the university and the surrounding community.     2014-15 White Paper – NYU Rethinking Communities by Roosevelt Campus Network

Massachusetts should release defendants of low and medium risk to society, using an electronic monitoring program and social services unit as appropriate. This will not only save the state money on the high costs on incarcerating those who are in prison having been neither convicted nor found innocent, but will also ensure greater justice in

Brit Byrd, Emerging Fellow for Economic Development for 2014-2015 and Columbia University Class of 2015, outlines a series of parking policy proposals in New York City that can help resolve existing problems of traffic congestion, encourage more efficient and intuitive use of personal transportation within the city, and raise revenue to be reinvested in local community

Georgia’s energy policy council has confirmed that energy efficiency is he cheapest cleanest way to increase electric power supply and recommended that energy efficiency be aggressively pursued at all opportunities. As par of this effort, Georgia should introduce an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) program. Torre Lavelle, Emerging Fellow for Energy and Environment for 2014-2015

The NextGen Illinois project is an initiative of Young Invincibles and the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network, in collaboration with dozens of other Illinois organizations, designed to activate young people to shape a unique policy agenda for the state of Illinois. Young adult voices are frequently overlooked in state-level political conversations, and the NextGen project

10 Ideas 2014

The Roosevelt Institute’s annual 10 Ideas series is the largest undergraduate policy journal, sharing locally-generated student ideas from across the country to create policy change. 10 Ideas for Economic Development10 Ideas for Education10 Ideas for Defense & Diplomacy10 Ideas for Energy & Environment10 Ideas for Equal Justice10 Ideas for Healthcare

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10 Ideas 2013

The Roosevelt Institute’s annual 10 Ideas series is the largest undergraduate policy journal, sharing locally-generated student ideas from across the country to create policy change. 10 Ideas for Economic Development10 Ideas for Education10 Ideas for Defense & Diplomacy10 Ideas for Energy & Environment10 Ideas for Equal Justice10 Ideas for Healthcare

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