In 2015, at a time when innovative ideas are needed in politics more than ever, Roosevelters are organizing their peers to take their ideas to their elected officials – online and offline. By connecting our ideas to decision makers and power-players, we are creating a groundswell of real policy change. We’re taking our ideas to the place where they can have the most influence, in local communities all across the country.We’re also highlighting the ongoing ways young people are creating change in our network through online conversations with student leaders, experts, and leading community organizations.
From North Carolina to Michigan, from town hall to City Hall, Roosevelters are creating policy change in their communities. In June 2015, we celebrated the top five projects from our network.
Roosevelt @ Amherst
At Amherst, Roosevelters have worked with both school administrators and stakeholders in the surrounding Pioneer Valley to build a system of community access to many of the benefits of the University, fight brain drain and improve the local economy. Rethinking Communities at Amherst is a new way of approaching social problems, moving from single-issue campaigns, towards a dialogic, holistic conversation on campus and in the community.
Roosevelt @ U Michigan
Roosevelt @ Tulane
Roosevelt @ UNC Chapel Hill
Roosevelt @ City College of New York
At CCNY, Roosevelter Josh Kemp is working to pilot a Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program in NYC as a precursor to state legislation that would support Dual Language Immersion programs in elementary schools state-wide. DLI programs have been touted for their successes in helping students of all backgrounds achieve higher levels in tested subject matter across the board, as well as equipping students to interact comfortably in two languages. Josh models his policy off of Utah legislation, providing similar programs statewide.
Our Digital Conversations
From February-June of this year, the Roosevelt Network engaged in digital conversations with partners and students on key critical policy issues from climate change solutions to young people in foreign policy.
Take a look at some of the highlights from one of our conversations in the series below: