Young Invincibles and The Cognosante Foundation Announce Fellows Selected for Second Year of “YI Scholars” Summer Fellowship Program

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April 29, 2016

Contact: Sarah Schultz, Sarah.Schultz@YoungInvincibles.org, 202-734-6510

[Washington, DC] — Young Invincibles, a national Millennial research and advocacy organization, and the Cognosante Foundation, the charitable arm of Cognosante, have announced the selection of this year’s YI Scholars Program fellows. The program is designed to give first-generation college students the paid opportunity to join Young Invincibles for 10 weeks, working as fully integrated members of the team on today’s most pressing economic issues facing young adults. This year, Young Invincibles will host four fellows in Washington D.C., two fellows in Houston, and two fellows in Chicago.

The selection process was rigorous and highly competitive, as Young Invincibles received over 300 applications, up from 100 last year, for a total of eight spots. “Growing interest in the program is exciting to see, and it reaffirms what we know: young adults are eager to get involved in tackling some of the most difficult challenges facing our generation,” said Jen Mishory, executive director of Young Invincibles.

“Cognosante Foundation is proud to sponsor the YI Scholar Program for the second year.  The Foundation is committed to providing professional and personal growth opportunities for underprivileged students, veterans, and women.  Building upon the success of the program, we plan to expand to the make the YI Scholar program available to more first generation students around the country,” said Michele Kang, CEO, Cognosante.

This year’s group hails from across the country and from a variety of educational and training backgrounds. Additional information about each of our 2016 YI Scholars can be found below. To find out more and to follow along with our fellows’ experiences this summer, check out the YI Scholar Blog, where they will be blogging and sharing updates on their work with Young Invincibles.

2016 YI Scholars:

Alyssa E. Foley (D.C. office)

A Houston native, Alyssa graduated from Houston Community College with her associate’s degree in arts and science. She served as editor-in-chief of her student newspaper, The Egalitarian, for two years, where she covered student government and college administration policies and decisions that affected the lives of students. Alyssa will be attending The University of St. Thomas–Houston starting fall 2016, and is majoring in communications.

Bryce Arguello Lindsey (Houston office)

Bryce is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia where she is double majoring in Global Development Studies and Economics. She has worked as a research assistant in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics where she helped analyze how to best integrate people recovering from mental illness back into society through political involvement. She has also served as an international intern in Dhaka, Bangladesh, at the Bangladesh Centre for Human Rights and Development.

Aarzu Maknojia (Houston office)

Aarzu Maknojia is an undergraduate student at George Washington University with a major in International Affairs, a concentration in Security Policy, and a minor in Math. Formerly nationally competitive debater in high school in Texas, she now coaches a debate team in Washington, DC.

Beatrice Ohene-Okae (D.C. office)

Beatrice is a rising senior at the University of Mary Washington pursuing a B.A in Geography, a minor in Environmental Sustainability, and a certificate in Geographic Information Science. For the past two years, she has been a student organizer with the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition (VSEC) and the Virginia Student Power Network (VPSN), which both promote social justice and student power throughout the state of Virginia. She also works very closely with UMW Students United, which advocates for a greater sense of transparency as well as social and economic responsibility on campus.

Patricia Rodriquez (Chicago office)

Patricia Rodriquez is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Political Science. She is involved with student government on campus as a Student Senator and is also the Community and Government Affairs Chairperson of the Illinois Student Senate. Patricia is involved with faculty on campus through her participation in the Campus Committee on General University Policy and Political Science Advisory Board.

Raamish Saeed (D.C. office)

Raamish Saeed will be joining Young Invincibles from St. Louis, Missouri. He was previously an Education Policy Intern for the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis where he focused his efforts on policy research and advocated for college access among low-income and undocumented students in the State of Missouri. After graduating high school in 2014, Raamish attended St. Louis Community College where he served as the chapter president of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. He is currently pursuing a BA in Urban Studies and Economics.

Trevor “Nute” Thompson (D.C. office)

Trevor “Nute” Thompson is a Political Science major with a Business Administration Minor at North Carolina State University.  At NC State, Nute is involved in Student Government as a senator, where he has developed and enacted many programs to improve student life. One such program, known as “Wolfpack Pickup,” employs students to shuttle physically disabled students between classes. Off campus, Nute has recently finished an internship with the Wake County Superior Court, where he assisted the various judges in administrative duties and compiled a report analyzing the long-term court usage of the civil courtrooms to improve the use court resources. Nute is interested in pursuing a law degree and career as an attorney.

Hollie Joy Wagner (Chicago office)

Hollie is a first generation student from Chicago and received her BA from the Evergreen State College in Philosophy & the Political Economy of Education. She is a 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Scholar and served on the scholar association board as Northwest Regional Chair. Hollie is an advocate for youth rights and education reform, working as an art and social justice educator and Impact Fellow at Youth and Opportunity United in Evanston, IL. Hollie plans to continue her work in social justice, philosophy and education in graduate school in 2017.

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App Launches Linking Inland Empire College Programs with In-Demand Jobs to Strengthen California Workforce

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May 20, 2016

CONTACT:  Nina Smith, Nina.Smith@YoungInvincibles.org, 301-717-9006

App Launches Linking Inland Empire College Programs with In-Demand Jobs to Strengthen California Workforce

[RIVERSIDE, CA] – Today, at Riverside City College, Young Invincibles, The Foundation for California Community Colleges and The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office are hosting an event to mark the official launch of Here to Career, a new mobile application aimed at increasing access to data-driven college and career planning in the Inland Empire.

By 2017, the Inland Empire is projected to see a growth of 92,499 jobs. This projected increase could greatly reduce the poverty and unemployment rates in the region, but this reduction is reliant on ensuring residents developing specific in-demand skills, which can be gained through completing certification and degree programs aligned with high-growth industries in the region.

“Higher education is a major investment, and we know that students cite better employment as their primary motivator for a obtaining a postsecondary degree. To help students make more informed decisions we need to provide information on which kinds of programs lead to which kinds of jobs, to get young adults on the path to stable careers and ultimately financial security,” said Gustavo Herrera, West Coast Director of Young Invincibles.

The app provides students, guidance counselors, and parents with an opportunity to learn more about community college programs and how they align with high-demand career opportunities in the Inland Empire region of California. Specifically, the Here to Career mobile app features:

  • The Career Exploration Quiz gathers students’ job preferences to provide personalized career interest recommendations.
  • Salary Surfer data displays real salaries that workers can earn for in-demand jobs in the region.
  • Geolocation capabilities use students’ GPS to locate nearby community colleges that offer the programs they need.
  • App matches students with career profiles of real Inland Empire community college alumni and provides inspiration for students to think creatively about their career path.

“I am honored to join Young Invincibles and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, in the launch of the new “Here to Career” application. This will give Californians the opportunity to explore and research career pathways and educational information regarding their local community colleges. Through this mobile technology, students will have opportunities at their fingertips, which can ultimately lead to future economic and professional success,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the California State Assembly Higher Education Committee.

Development of this tool results from a collaboration between Young Invincibles, The Foundation for California Community Colleges and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, and was made possible by funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

“We continue to explore added ways to reach students and their families and have them explore the range of possible career and higher education options to build skills that employers want.  Some of these fields did not exist a decade ago and students will need the right credential to break into those jobs,”  stated Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor of Workforce & Economic Development of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
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About the California Community Colleges

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation. It is composed of 72 districts and 112 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community Colleges supply workforce training, basic skills courses in English and math, and prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy, and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. | www.cccco.edu

About the Foundation for California Community Colleges

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official nonprofit foundation to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and Chancellor’s Office. The Foundation’s mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the California Community Colleges system, the largest higher education system in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works with community colleges and partner organizations to manage donations, grants, programs, and services that drive excellence in education. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation and receives no direct state or public support. | www.foundationccc.org

About 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 and mobilize the Millennial generation to change the status quo. | www.younginvincibles.org

About YI Advisors

YI Advisors is the consulting arm of Young Invincibles that harnesses millennial engagement expertise to deliver strategic guidance on how to best reach and build enthusiasm among diverse young adult populations. | www.yiadvisors.com

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. | www.wkkf.org

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YI Releases 2016 Millennial Workforce Priorities, Which Could Create 3 Million Jobs

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April 4, 2016

Contact: Sarah Schultz, sarah.schultz@younginvincibles.org, 202.734.6510

Young Invincibles Unveils 2016 Millennial Workforce Development Priorities

Reforms Could Create Over Three Million Jobs and Train More Than One Million Workers Annually

[WASHINGTON]–Young people have realized some employment gains over the last few years, but too many Millennials are still struggling to forge a pathway to work that pays a decent living. Young Invincibles released our 2016 Millennial Workforce Development Priorities, responding to concerns we have heard from young people across the country.

If adopted in full, the reforms we outline could create over three million full-time, part-time, and summer jobs each year and would improve training opportunities for an additional one million young people at an annual cost of $13.1 billion. The platform focuses specifically on our country’s workforce development infrastructure.

“From high unemployment to declining wages, Millennials are still struggling to overcome the consequences of the Great Recession and decades-long workforce trends,” said Jen Mishory, Executive Director of Young Invincibles. “Our workforce development plan provides pathways for young people, particularly the millions of Millennials neither working nor in school, to get training and opportunities they need. This commonsense package of reforms outline the steps we can take right now, and we hope all candidates running for office will give them the consideration they deserve.”

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Young Invincibles Releases New Report on Healthcare Status of Young Adult Immigrants In New York City

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February 17, 2016


CONTACT
: Sarah Schultz, sarah.schultz@younginvincibles.org202-734-6510

 

Young Invincibles Releases New Report on Healthcare Status of Young Adult Immigrants In New York City

Report finds majority don’t know they may qualify for Medicaid with DACA status

[New York, NY] – Today, Young Invincibles, a Millennial research and advocacy organization, released a new report analyzing healthcare challenges that face young adult immigrants in New York City. One in five New York State residents is an immigrant. Across the state, there are more than 800,000 undocumented residents, 45 percent of whom are young adults between the ages of 16 and 34. Yet while immigrants are a core part of New York communities, access to key services remains a challenge, particularly around healthcare.

Young Invincibles’ report, Young Adults Immigrants & Health Care in New York, aims to better understand how young adult immigrants in New York City – especially undocumented and those with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status – understand their options and engage with healthcare and coverage systems. It also makes recommendations to strengthen care and coverage among this population in New York City.

Key findings from those who participated in the report through surveys, focus groups, and interviews include: 

  • The majority of young adult immigrants didn’t know they may qualify for Medicaid with DACA status.
  • The unique needs of mental health services for young adult immigrants are not being met.
  • Many immigrant students find it difficult to understand and access resources available on their respective college campuses.
  • Many young adult immigrants who serve as caretakers to family members who do not speak English need more support.
  • Language access remains a challenge for young adult immigrants and their families.

“Many young adult immigrants in New York City are not receiving the support they need, both because of significant knowledge gaps and lack of access to resources. “Young adult immigrants are uninsured at a higher rate than their older immigrant counterparts and citizen peers, making clear the need to expand options and provide more education about the services they have available,” said Kevin Stump, Northeast Director for Young Invincibles.

New York State is one of the only states where DACA recipients may also qualify for Medicaid. This has been a major point of confusion, as Medicaid is a federal program and explicitly states that DACA recipients are not qualified for Medicaid or other federally funded programs.

“We believe New York City’s immigrant communities should have the ability to live their lives freely. This includes access to health care and access to legal protection,” said Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. “Today MOIA announced a campaign supported by New York State Health Foundation that aims to ensure that all New Yorkers who qualify for DACA are aware of their options, and know about the powerful benefits of DACA, including access to healthcare.”

Increasing awareness and support around healthcare options for young adult immigrants in New York City is critical to a healthy city and a thriving workforce. This includes greater awareness to current options, mapping and coordinating care, and expanding mental health services to meet the unique needs of young adult immigrants.

To cut through the confusion and to help clarify the options that young adult immigrants have in New York, Young Invincibles created an easy-to-use one-page map that is good first step for young adult immigrant New Yorkers and professionals who work directly with them to understand health care and coverage options. See it here.

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About Young Invincibles:

Young Invincibles is a policy and advocacy organization committed to amplifying the voices of Millennials, ages 18 to 34, and expanding economic opportunity for our generation. Young Invincibles ensures that young adults are represented in today’s most pressing societal debates through cutting-edge research and analysis, and innovative campaigns designed to educate, inform and mobilize our generation to change the status quo. For more information about Young Invincibles please visit younginvincibles.org.

 

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NEW POLL: Lack of Access to Savings Tools Threatens Millennials’ Retirement Prospects

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February 17, 2016

Contact: Nina Smith, nina.smith@younginvincibles.org, 202.734.6529

Lack of Access to Savings Tools Threatens Millennials’ Retirement Prospects

Less Than Half of Low-Income Millennial Workers Have Access to an Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plan

[WASHINGTON]–In part thanks to the Great Recession, more Millennials are finding work in industries that offer lower wages and fewer benefits. But we know less about how this is affecting Millennials ability to save and what tools they use to maximize their nest egg for retirement. Today, Young Invincibles is releasing a new scientific opinion poll of 800 Millennial voters (ages 18 to 34 and with an oversample of African-Americans and Latinos) that provides insight into Millennials’ access to retirement plans through work, savings behaviors, and how the generation would spend additional earnings.

Here are some of the poll’s key findings:

  • Millennial workers with an employer-sponsored retirement account are 77 percent more likely to save consistently than those without an employer-sponsored plan.
  • Less than half of low-income working Millennials have access to an employer-sponsored retirement account.
  • More millennials would put a 10 percent increase in income towards saving than spending or debt service.
  • Eighty-five percent of Millennials support state-facilitated retirement accounts — transcending political and ideological affiliation.

Please find the full polling memo here.

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Young Invincibles’ Statement on the President’s 2017 Budget

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February 9, 2016

Contact: Sarah Schultz, sarah.schultz@younginvincibles.org202-734-6510

Young Invincibles’ Statement on the President’s Budget

[WASHINGTON]—The White House released the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget this morning, which feature a number of proposals that  affect young adults’ access to health care, higher education, and economic security.

Rory O’Sullivan, deputy director of Young Invincibles, issued the following statement on a few of its provisions:

“We are encouraged that the Administration has made addressing the economic challenges facing our generation a priority. Proposals to close the medicaid coverage gap and reform our higher education and training systems will help expand opportunity for young people across the country.

In particular, we support the inclusion of a number of provisions that will equip our generation with the skills needed to excel in the 21st century economy. This includes a five percent increase in funding for implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, as well as $2 billion to support the expansion of apprenticeship programs over the next five years. In addition, we support the Administration’s inclusion of year-round Pell funding in their budget for the first time in several years; the proposal to streamline existing income-based repayment plans to make student loan repayment easier for borrowers to navigate; the call for revising the 90/10 rule down to 85/15; and closing the GI Bill loophole to ensure that deceptive for-profit actors are held accountable. Finally, the President’s proposal to extend Medicaid funding for states choosing to expand is critical for young people struggling to get health care coverage. This budget is a positive step forward for Millennials and Young Invincibles looks forward to continuing to advocate for these issues and others in the coming year.”

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YI Launches Campaign to Fix Higher Ed to Elevate Students’ Interests in HEA Reauthorization Fight

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January 28, 2015

Contact: Sarah Schultz, sarah.schultz@younginvincibles.org, 202.734.6510

Young Invincibles, Student Debt Activists Launch Campaign to Fix Higher Ed at National Student Debt Day Event

[WASHINGTON]–Today, Young Invincibles will be kicking off a new initiative, the Campaign to Fix Higher Ed: Increasing Quality & Reducing Student Debt, to elevate students’ interests in the Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization process. The campaign launch will take place at Young Invincibles’ National Student Debt Day event, which will convene and train roughly 75 activists from around the country to learn more about student debt and higher education policy and how they can make their voices heard in the HEA reauthorization process. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will deliver the keynote address at the event.

“Higher education provides a critical pathway to financial security, but too often students leave school with burdensome debt levels, with no degree, or without the skills they need to succeed,” said Jen Mishory, Executive Director of Young Invincibles. “Fixing higher education so that it works for all students must be a national priority, and we can only fix the system by putting students first and listening to this generation. That’s why over the next year, Young Invincibles will be working with grassroots activists across the country to hold members of Congress, schools, and states accountable for taking action and fixing our system of higher education.”

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NEW POLL: Millennials Identify Student Debt, Retirement Savings as Barriers to Entrepreneurship

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January 27, 2016

CONTACT:
Cassie Mills | Communications Manager, Small Business Majority
(202) 289-0957 | cmills@smallbusinessmajority.org

Colin Seeberger| Strategic Campaigns Adviser, Young Invincibles
(202) 289-2913 | colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org

Scientific Opinion Poll: Millennials Identify Student Debt, Retirement Savings as Barriers to Entrepreneurship

Majority of millennials currently own or would like to own a business someday; identify student loan payments and lack of an employer-sponsored retirement plan as barriers to launching or growing a business

Washington, DC—A scientific opinion poll released today shows the majority of millennials (ages 18-34) who own a business or would like to start one at some point say student debt and lack of a retirement savings plan are barriers to entrepreneurship.

The poll, conducted Nov. 18-25, 2015, by North Star Opinion Research on behalf of Young Invincibles and Small Business Majority, found that the majority of millennials (51 percent) either own a business or organization, are planning to start a business, or would like to but do not currently have plans to do so.

When it comes to starting a business, millennials identify student debt and lack of an employer-sponsored retirement plan as financial barriers to entrepreneurship. Nearly half (48 percent) of millennials paying off student debt who currently own or have plans to own a business say their student loan payments have impacted their ability to start a business. And nearly 4 in 10 (38 percent) millennials who are interested in opening a business but have no current plans to do so say their student loan payments affect their ability to start a business.

“Right now, I cover upfront necessities for my business, like insurance and marketing materials, out of my own pocket,” said Amanda Golden, co-owner of Designing Local in Columbus, Ohio. “My loans are currently deferred, but as soon as they’re back on the table, using my own money to cover these costs will be out of the question. Student loans are really a burden that restrain my ability to run my own business. Millennials deserve a fighting chance to start small businesses, but student loans are holding us back.”

Additionally, of those who are still paying off student loans, 43 percent of those who own or have current plans to own a business, and 38 percent who would like to own a business but have no current business plans, say their student debt affects their ability to invest in an organization or hire new employees.

What’s more, three-quarters (75 percent) of millennials who own, plan to own, or would like to own a business say the lack of an employer-sponsored retirement plan is a barrier to entrepreneurship.

“Millennials show exciting levels of interest in entrepreneurship, yet youth entrepreneurship remains comparatively low,” said Rory O’Sullivan, Deputy Director of Young Invincibles. “This poll makes clear that millennials see student debt as a barrier as they explore a pathway to building their own businesses.”

“Entrepreneurship represents the pathway to success for many millennials, but they face significant hurdles to launching and growing their businesses,” said Conan Knoll, Vice President, Entrepreneurship, for Small Business Majority. “As this poll shows, student debt and lack of a retirement savings plan are a real problem for millennial entrepreneurs. Considering the majority of millennials are or would like to become entrepreneurs, it’s important to address these issues that are holding young Americans back from launching their businesses and helping our economy thrive.”

For the full poll report, please click here.

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Young Invincibles, Enroll America Host More Than 100 Events During National Youth Enrollment Day 2016

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January 21, 2016

CONTACTS:

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

Sarah Schultz, sarah.schultz@younginvincibles.org, 202-734-6510

Young Invincibles, Enroll America Host More Than 100 Events During National Youth Enrollment Day 2016

 YMCA, among other coalition partners, hold enrollment events from the nation’s capital to California to boost youth enrollment before January 31st deadline

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Building on encouraging numbers accounting for nearly a million more young adults enrolling in health coverage at the December 15th deadline compared to last year, Young Invincibles (YI) today joined forces with Enroll America and partners across the country to host the third annual National Youth Enrollment Day  — a day of action to educate young adults about the importance of obtaining healthcare coverage.

With more than 100 events across the country, National Youth Enrollment Day represented the largest coordinated grassroots open-enrollment effort targeting Millennials in America. The event brought together a wide array of national and local partners to raise awareness around new health care options for young adults while also urging enrollment in advance of the impending January 31 deadline. To help promote National Youth Enrollment Day efforts, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, recorded a special thank you video message to partners and supporters encouraging them to continue spreading the word about the benefits of enrolling in health care coverage.

“Thanks to the ACA, millions of young people have obtained health coverage — some for the first time ever -and the uninsured rate for young adults has dropped significantly from 28 percent to 17 percent,” said Jen Mishory, Executive Director of Young Invincibles. “But those rates are still twice the national average, and we still have work to do. That’s why we’re working with partners across the country to host National Youth Enrollment Day to educate young people about their health care options, opportunities to get financial assistance in purchasing coverage, and the upcoming January 31st deadline to enroll.”

“So far, we’ve seen an uptick in the number of young Americans who have enrolled in health coverage during this open enrollment period compared to previous years – but there are still many more who need to take action before it’s too late,” said Anne Filipic, President of Enroll America. “We’re thrilled to work with Young Invincibles and our great partners across the country to provide enrollment resources to young adults on National Youth Enrollment Day and all the way up to the deadline so they can learn about their options and get covered before the final deadline on January 31.”

Uninsured rates among young adults remains high with nearly one in five Millennials lacking health care coverage. National Youth Enrollment Day addresses this challenge through grassroots events targeting young adults who typically shop for coverage later in enrollment periods than other age groups.

At NationalYouthEnrollmentDay.com, young Americans can learn more information about their options by using the Get Covered Plan Explorer to see the plans available to them in their area and receive personalized information on each plan’s estimated yearly cost based on self-reported health information. If they have questions and want to sit down face-to-face with an expert in their community, they can use theGet Covered Connector to schedule a free appointment with an in-person assister at a time and location that works for them. To empower local organizations and young people to spread the word about health coverage in their communities, there is also social media content and information on how to get involved in the effort available on the website.

Past and current coalition partners include the United Way, the YMCA, Hope WorldWide, Out2Enroll, Generation Progress, and Advocates for Youth, and several local ACA community coalitions including Enroll Virginia and the Houston’s Gulf Coast Collaborative.

Please be in touch with any questions, using the contact information above.

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Young Invincibles Hails Unanimous Passage of Workplace Protections for Federal Interns

Young Invincibles Hails Unanimous Passage of Workplace Protections for Federal Interns

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Federal Intern Protection Act (HR 3231) unanimously, a bill designed to protect federal interns from sexual harassment and workplace discrimination. The measure was introduced in July of 2015 by ranking members Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Grace Meng (D-NY). This new legislation will address a glaring loophole in federal law, which fails to provide protections to unpaid interns because they are not considered “employees.”

“This bill is an important step toward ensuring that interns are treated fairly in the workplace”, said Reid Setzer, Young Invincibles’ Policy and Legislative Affairs Analyst. “If we want to create meaningful learning and training experiences that allow the next generation of young workers to gain critical skills, we have to ensure that workplaces are safe and healthy environments. Hopefully, this movement will kick-start progress on similar bills, HR 3232 and HR 3233, which address these issues for private sector interns and Congressional interns, respectively. All interns should be protected from sexual harassment and discrimination under the law.”

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