Young Invincibles: Damaging House Labor-H Bill Passes Appropriations Committee

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

CONTACT: Nina Smith, nina.smith@younginvincibles.org301-717-9006

Damaging House Labor-H Bill Passes Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Appropriations Committee today passed the FY 2017 Labor-H Appropriations bill via a nearly party-line vote, which would cut Pell Grants and restrict the Department of Education’s ability to protect students from predatory education providers. It would completely eliminate funding for apprenticeships, child care for student parents, and health care access for millions of young adults.

Rory O’Sullivan, deputy director of Young Invincibles stated the following:

“The House Labor-H appropriations bill passed out of committee today ignores the barriers to opportunity facing millions of young people across the country. Slashing funding for education and child care could prevent young adults from establishing lasting careers, caring for their families, and boosting their earning potential with a college degree. At a time when our generation could become the first in American history worse off than our parents, this bill would put economic security further out of reach for millions.

The cuts in this bill are expansive.  Pell Grants would lose $1.3 billion, limiting access to college for eight million students seeking a postsecondary credential. The bill would zero-out funding for on-campus childcare essential for young parents seeking a degree – something that has enjoyed longstanding bipartisan support. It would also expose vulnerable students to deceptive, high-debt education providers with an outright repeal of the Gainful Employment rule.

Even as youth unemployment remains 40 percent above the national average, this bill eliminates already meager funding to support businesses hoping to establish and expand apprenticeship training programs that lead to well-paid jobs and productive employees. Finally, the bill would defund aspects of the ACA critical to ensuring health care access for millions of young people.

Students and working families count on these resources to make a better life for themselves and for their families. We commend Members of the Committee who stood up in support of smart investments that help Americans achieve economic security.  And we remain hopeful that Congress can find common ground that ensures access to a quality, affordable higher education, health care coverage for millions of young adults, and alternative pathways to essential workforce credentials in future spending agreements.”

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Young Invincibles Applauds Bipartisan House Passage of FAFSA Simplification

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Monday, July 11, 2016

CONTACT: Nina Smith, nina.smith@younginvincibles.org, 301-717-9006

Young Invincibles Applauds Bipartisan House Passage of FAFSA Simplification

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House passed HR 5528, the Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act, a bill designed to enable students and families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) more easily. The bill codifies recent changes to the FAFSA that allow students and families to use older tax data to fill out the form. This fix will provide families with more automatic responses using pre-existing data and limit delays that prevent filling out the form, resulting in more students and families receiving the aid they need to afford postsecondary education. Accepting older tax data to simplify and streamline the application process is a vital piece of Young Invincibles’ higher education reform agenda.

“The FAFSA is the gateway to critical financial resources for students and families, but far too often confusing forms prevent hardworking students from accessing college. Up to two million more students could receive financial aid if we enshrine changes to the FAFSA,” said Reid Setzer, Young Invincibles’ Deputy Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs. “We’re pleased to see bipartisan support for improving access to federal financial aid for students and families. The Obama Administration and House of Representatives deserve credit for standing up for students and we urge the Senate to pass the bill this year. We also look forward to seeing Rep. Scott’s FAFSA simplification proposal later this week that aims to further streamline the FAFSA process.”

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Young Invincibles Hails Unanimous Passage of Perkins CTE Bill out of House Committee

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

CONTACT: Nina Smith, nina.smith@younginvincibles.org, 301-717-9006

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce passed out of committee HR 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, a bill designed to reauthorize the Perkins CTE program. The 37-0 vote advances the bill to the House floor. Perkins CTE allows states to fund robust career and technical education programs in high schools and community colleges, and enables students to get the training they need to prepare for future careers. Reauthorization of the program is an opportunity to advance reforms to help young Americans find work, as detailed in Young Invincibles’ Millennial Workforce Development Priorities Report.

“We celebrate bipartisan committee passage of a modern Perkins program that works better for young people. This bill is an important step toward creating a program that is responsive to the needs of employers and young workers alike,” said Reid Setzer, Young Invincibles’ Policy and Legislative Affairs Analyst. “Aligning Perkins with other federal workforce programs and improving the metrics used to evaluate success will strengthen the program long-term and help relieve high youth unemployment. We look forward to Congress continuing their work on improving aspects of Perkins on the path to reauthorization in the coming months.”

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Young Invincibles: House Labor-H Bill Threatens Higher Education Access For Hardworking Students and Families

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

CONTACT: Nina Smith, nina.smith@younginvincibles.org, 301-717-9006

House Labor-H Bill Threatens Higher Education Access For Hardworking Students and Families 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the House Appropriations Committee released their version of the FY 2017 Labor-H Appropriations bill, which includes regressive cuts to Pell and provisions that restrict the Department of Education’s ability to regulate higher education institutions.

Rory O’Sullivan, deputy director of Young Invincibles, said the following:

“At a time when tuition and student debt levels are exploding, the House version of the Labor-H appropriations bill released today slashes financial aid for hardworking students across the country. Taking $1.3 billion from Pell Grants threatens to make college less affordable for over eight million low- and moderate-income individuals. Worse still, the bill strips out critical protections that ensure minimum educational outcomes for students attending career colleges. Finally, the bill cuts $100 million from apprenticeships expansion efforts, an essential tool to modernize our workforce and ensure young people have the skills to achieve successful careers. Now more than ever, our generation needs effective education and training beyond high school to achieve economic security and this bill would make those opportunities harder to reach.

We’re disappointed in the current bill, but we remain hopeful that during the upcoming markups, and in the months to come, common sense solutions to fix higher education will prevail over measures that threaten access for millions of hardworking students and families.”

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Summit Takes on Challenges Facing Changing Workforce by Employers and Millennials

For Immediate Release

Contacts:
Marjorie Parker, Deputy Executive Director, JobsFirstNYC
646-738-5677⏐mparker@jobsfirstnyc.org

Nina Smith, Communications Director, Young Invincibles
202-734-6529 ⏐nina.smith@younginvincibles.org

Convening in New York City will engage young adults on policy solutions to better their economic standing and deliver cross-sector strategies to address the growing need for skilled talent

New York, NY, July 6, 2016 JobsFirstNYC and Young Invincibles in partnership with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island Chambers of Commerce, announced today that they will hold a two-day convening: Adapting to the Future of Work: Creating the New York City Future Talent Pipeline, to be held July 20-21, 2016 at Baruch College at the City University of New York. The event will bring together national and local businesses, employer intermediaries, trade associations, philanthropies, nonprofits, and young adults to deep dive into challenges, strategies, and policy considerations around how the changing workforce impacts Millennials.

The first day of the convening includes a business breakfast on July 20th, featuring leaders from Gap Inc., JPMorgan Chase, Swiss Post Solutions, and others, sharing the talent development strategies they are using to increase both business productivity and young people’s access to meaningful employment opportunities; followed by an event for philanthropies and public sector and nonprofit executives, featuring leaders of WorkLife Partnership and Year Up, amongst others. Finally, the convening will culminate on July 21st with a full-day summit for young adults, ages 16 to 24, that will include dynamic presentations and workshops with entrepreneurs, business leaders, advocates, and policymakers to engage young adults on what the changing economy means to their generation and to build a movement of young adult activists and leaders to be a part of shaping the future of work.

“The demographics of employees are changing and so are employees’ expectations, values, attitudes, and styles of working. Conventional management models must be replaced with leadership approaches adapted to the future employee. As a Director of Training and Organizational Development at Swiss Post Solutions (SPS), I have a responsibility to rethink our traditional structure, how we empower employees, and what they need to do to remain competitive in a rapidly changing world. This is reflected in the positive impact our trainings and team development strategies have on the lives of our future employees.”

Adapting to the future or work has helped SPS:

  • Stay ahead of the competition
  • Attract and retain top talent
  • Rethink management
  • Structure effective teams
  • Create better leaders
  • Embrace flexible work environments
  • Respond to the changing workforce
  • Build the organization of the future”

- Paul Ortega, National Director of Training & Organizational Development, Swiss Post Solutions Inc.

“Young people are dealing with some of the worst economic conditions in our economy, including declining wages and crushing student debt. That is why we are bringing together hundreds of young adults for a first-of-its-kind convening to jumpstart a movement and remove barriers to economic opportunity in New York City,” said Kevin Stump, Northeast Director of Young Invincibles. “We all have a role to play when it comes to advancing economic opportunity for the next generation of New York workers. This event will empower young adults to act as changemakers in their communities, equip them with the tools to succeed, and help them shape a 21st century economy that is inclusive and fair.”

Business Breakfast
On the morning of July 20th, JobsFirstNYC and Young Invincibles have partnered with the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island Chambers of Commerce as well as Swiss Post Solutions, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Wildlife Conservation Society, Benchmarc Restaurants, and UncommonGoods for discussion on how New York City businesses can adapt to advances in technology, changing economic trends, and demographic shifts by creating cost-effective talent pipeline development.

We will hear from executives from Gap Inc., Swiss Post Solutions, JPMorgan Chase, and others on internal business strategies to efficiently recruit and retain young talent. Representatives from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, WorkLife Partnership, and Year Up, will lead a discussion on successful multi-sector partnerships to offset the rising costs of HR while addressing skill gaps for middle-wage, middle-skill jobs.

Those interested in attending the Business Breakfast can register at http://goo.gl/37wDrg.

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Executives Session
On the afternoon of July 20th, nonprofit executives and philanthropy will explore opportunities for the evolution of the nonprofit workforce development sector.

Social enterprise models, benefit corporations, and alternative staffing organizations are all intriguing options for workforce nonprofits, but getting these projects off the ground can be difficult, risky, and expensive. Moreover, many young workers are entering the economy just as contract-based work, or freelancing, is beginning to proliferate every industry from customer service, to technology, to transportation. How can nonprofits and philanthropy work together to build models that grow towards self-sufficiency and prepare young adults for the current gig or sharing economy, while maintaining existing programs and services?

Those interested in attending the Executive session can register at http://goo.gl/PmajgT.

Young Adult Convening

On July 21st, JobsFirstNYC and Young Invincibles have partnered with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to bring together 16-24 year-old New Yorkers to discuss the future of work.

Using the theme of, “Me, My Community, and My City”, the day will include workshops on entrepreneurship and professional development for the jobs of the future; a presentation from New York City Council Members on how young adults can work as agents of change to shape the future of workforce and economic policies; and a panel and workshops on advocacy strategies to advance economic equity for all future New York City workers. The day will also include performances from local young artists.

Young adults interested in attending July 21st can register at http://bit.ly/28Wmt9T.

Philanthropic Support

This event has been made possible with support from The Clark Foundation, the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and the New York Community Trust.

JobsFirstNYC is a neutral intermediary and a champion for the workforce needs of out-of-school, out-of-work young adults in New York City. Our mission is to improve the system for young adults by bringing together — effectively and efficiently — all available community, corporate, private and public resources to accelerate the connection of out-of-school, out-of-work young adults with the economic life of New York City. | www.jobsfirstnyc.org

Young Invincibles
Young Invincibles is a national organization, working to elevate the voices of young adults, ages 18 to 34, and to engage them on the most pressing issues facing their generation. Young Invincibles guarantees that young adults are represented in today’s top societal debates through cutting-edge policy research and analysis, and innovative campaigns that educate, inform andmobilize the Millennial generation to change the status quo. |www.younginvincibles.org

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Tepid May jobs report underscores need for innovation and reform

 

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Looking at some of the headlines for the May jobs report, you’d think America’s employment situation is in rough shape. After all, the economy added only 38,000 jobs, the slowest growth since 2010. Some speculated that Fed Chair Janet Yellen might delay interest rate hikes due to the sluggish job growth.

The monthly jobs report can be sliced and diced different ways though, and May’s report shows some interesting trends for young adults. But further analysis points to persistent inequities for marginalized communities and it underscore a need for innovation and targeted reform in our employment system. With that in mind, it’s worth it to take a step back, and look at these  trends. This month, we compare the unemployment rates for young adults, broken out by demographic between May 2015 and May 2016.

By this comparison, the employment picture for young adults improved overall since last year. The unemployment rate facing young African Americans declined 2.6 points, and young Latinos’ rate declined 1.9 points. However, rates of unemployment for young people of color are almost double their white counterparts. This is clear evidence that structural disparities remain and more work needs to be done on workforce policy and college affordability to improve our economy overall.

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Every Pride Month, We Stand 

by YI Staff

We are reeling, and heartbroken, from Sunday’s horrifying events in Florida. Young Invincibles sends our deepest condolences to the victims’ families, loved ones, and their community in Orlando and beyond. We are thinking of our LGBTQIA constituents and friends with love and we stand with them rejecting hate in all of its forms.

It’s important to combat the fear these sorts of attacks inflict upon those who choose to live their lives authentically.  We will continue to push for more discussions, resources, and policies that support young adults of all stripes, colors and rainbows. And we celebrate Pride Month this year by sharing mental health resources for those who are grieving and information about how to support the city of Orlando.

The GLBT National Help Center: Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, the GLBT Help Center operates two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that helps both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

The Trevor Project: Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Identity House: Identity House is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that provides Peer Counseling, Group Support, and Therapy Referrals to members of the LGBTQ community who are struggling with issues of sexuality, alienation, relationships, and family.

The Association of LGBTQ Psychiatrists: This site features an online referral system and directory of professionals who specialize in providing services to the LGBTQ community. In addition, the site also lays out resources for patients ranging from individual and community resources, to education and advocacy resources and GLBT-focused mental health professional groups.

Live Out Loud: Live Out Loud is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering LGBTQ youth by connecting them with successful LGBTQ professionals in their community. The link goes to their resources page, which lists out a number of sites with services and support for LGBTQ youth.

Hispanic Family Counseling – ​MEJORANDO LA CALIDAD DE VIDA: Hispanic Family Counseling Center was founded in 2012 with the hope of providing mental health services tailored to the specific needs of the Hispanic community. They are currently offering counseling services to Florida residents.

Victim Connect Resource Center: The Victim Connect Resource Center has compiled a list of resources for victims and their families, as well as information for the public on how to become involved.

You can also show your support for Orlando by donating to the Hispanic Federation, which is collecting donations through a community initiative called #SomosOrlando. The effort will provide access to culturally competent emergency assistance, case management, crisis intervention, and mental health services, among other immediate needs to the families and victims. The Somos Orlando website has a full list of services that are offered in English and Spanish and other ways people can contribute their help and support. Equality Florida is still accepting donations to support every victim, family members of victims, and survivors.

 

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Young Invincibles’ Statement on Department of Education’s Borrower Defense Rule

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June 13, 2016

CONTACT
Nina Smith, Nina.Smith@younginvincibles.org, 301-717-9006

Young Invincibles’ Statement on Department of Education’s Borrower Defense Rule

WASHINGTON — Following the release of a draft rule for student borrowers who have fallen victim to predatory for-profit institutions, Young Invincibles, a leading research and advocacy group, expressed support for beefed up consumer protections for distressed borrowers.

Jen Mishory, executive director of Young Invincibles, released the following statement on the Department of Education’s draft proposal, which now enters a 45-day comment period before final implementation:

“We’re encouraged by the scope of protections included in this latest version of the Department of Education’s borrower defense regulation, which makes it easier for students to discharge their loans if their school has engaged in illegal or deceptive practices. The draft proposal widens the window during which a student can file a claim, and provides clearer guidance to borrowers about what qualifies as fraud or misrepresentation by an institution. There are also increased, though at times discretionary, avenues for group or automatic discharge of debt, and a welcome ban on forced arbitration and gag rules.

These improvements are a big step forward for defrauded students, who for far too long bore the burden of proof in the legal process. We look forward to the comment period to raise up the voices of students looking for a clear, automatic path to debt relief after schools have engaged in illegal practices.”

Recent investigations have revealed rampant fraud and weak consumer protections for victims who suffer at the hands of predatory institutions, and providing borrowers an accessible pathway to relief from debt will be critical to helping students trying to rebuild their lives. YI has actively worked to address weaknesses in the process for borrowers and will continue to lift up the voices of student victims to ensure the Department’s final rule strengthens protections that provide critical relief throughout the legal process.

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Young Invincibles Applauds Gov. Brown’s Signature on Groundbreaking Law Seeking Health Care Expansion Waiver

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June 10, 2016

CONTACT
Nina Smith, Nina.Smith@younginvincibles.org301-717-9006

Young Invincibles Applauds Gov. Brown’s Signature on Groundbreaking Law Seeking Health Care Expansion Waiver

Historic legislation would expand access to the state’s health insurance marketplace for thousands of young Californian immigrants and DACA recipients


LOS ANGELES — Gov. Jerry Brown today signed SB 10 into law, a measure that will take California closer to making health care coverage available to all Californians. The new law seeks federal approval that would allow all Californians, regardless of immigration status, to buy health insurance at full price through the state’s health marketplace. California is now the first to state to apply for such a waiver since the Affordable Care Act’s enactment. 

Young Invincibles, a research and advocacy group dedicated to improving health care for young adults, applauded the governor and state legislature for making California a national leader in providing all young adults and young families with access to coverage.“The passage of SB10 corrects a longstanding injustice in our health care system by giving thousands of hardworking young people and young families in California the ability to purchase quality coverage,” said Gustavo Herrera, Western Regional Director for Young Invincibles. “Mixed status families fare better when they are able to shop around and purchase health insurance together. And thanks to the efforts of young activists, supporters, and leaders like Governor Brown and Senator Lara, we’ve made that possible. Today we move closer to achieving health care for all people, regardless of their immigration status.”

Under the law signed by Gov. Brown, the state will apply for a State Innovation Waiver found in section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to offer full-price health plans in Covered California to immigrants who are currently shut out of the state marketplace. California is now the first to state to apply for such a waiver since the ACA’s enactment.

Momentum to sign this historic bill was bolstered by immigrant and health advocates who attended last month’s Health4All Conference & Lobby Day in Sacramento, and by statewide advocacy from community members, who called on Governor Brown to sign SB 10. The bill also builds on the recent implementation of SB 75, or “Health4All Kids,” which expands full-scope comprehensive Medi-Cal for low-income undocumented children under the age of 19.

Mr. Herrera added,“YI will remain a part of the Health for All campaign to ensure the voices and perspectives of young adults and young families are included in the debate around health care in California. We will work until everyone is covered, and no Californian is locked out of healthcare because of where they were born.”

Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to elevating the voices of young adults, ages 18 to 34, and expanding economic opportunity for the Millennial generation. Young Invincibles ensures that young adults are represented in today’s most pressing societal debates through cutting-edge policy research and analysis, and innovative campaigns designed to educate, inform and mobilize our generation to change the status quo.

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Young Invincibles’ Statement on the Senate FY17 Labor-H Appropriations Bill

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

CONTACT: Nina Smith, nina.smith@younginvincibles.org, 301-717-9006

[WASHINGTON]—Following today’s Appropriations Committee markup of the Senate Fiscal Year 2017 Labor-H Appropriations bill, Rory O’Sullivan, deputy director of Young Invincibles, issued the following statement:

“We are pleased the Committee came together in a bipartisan fashion to restore Year-Round Pell for one million students, helping them complete college faster and with less debt. Unfortunately, that reform advances alongside cuts that threaten the financial future of the Pell Grant program and the approximately 8 million low- and moderate-income students it serves.

We’ve seen the purchasing power of Pell erode over the past several decades, and now our most effective economic mobility tool covers less than a third of the cost of a typical four-year public college. There are a host of reforms available to strengthen Pell, including a significant increase in the maximum Pell grant, that today’s cuts would make harder to pursue.

It is deeply concerning to see funding taken out of a program designed to expand access to higher education. While the impact  may not be felt today, this decision undermines our country’s commitment to hard-working students. We urge Congressional leaders to restore and protect Pell funding in the months to come.”  

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