Got Transitions Forms National Young Adult Transition Advisory Group

Media Contact: Dan Beck (202.223.1500,

Washington, D.C. (June 22, 2016) – Got Transition/Center for Health Care Transition Improvement is pleased to announce the formation of a new National Young Adult Transition Advisory Group. Twelve young adults with and without disabilities between the ages of 18-25 have been chosen to advise Got Transition on young adult perspectives on the important transition from pediatric to adult health care services. Members of the Advisory Group are diverse in their ages, geographic locations, and ethnic backgrounds. They represent a unique group of national and state organizations, including Able South Carolina’s Center for Independent Living, Bacchus/Furman University, California Department of Social Services, Foster Club, Kids as Self Advocates, Special Olympics International, The Arc, United Cerebral Palsy, Young Invincibles, and Youth Move National.

As part of the National Young Adult Transition Advisory Group, these twelve members will ensure that young adult perspectives are included in Got Transition’s plans moving forward. They will provide a critical voice in reviewing tools designed to educate and inform young adults on the importance of health care transition. The Advisory Group members will guide Got Transition’s social media and other communication platforms to relay important health care transition-related messages and resources to youth and young adults nationwide, and will help strengthen Got Transition’s partnerships with their organizational affiliates.

Got Transition is dedicated to expanding the availability of high quality health care transition services in pediatric and adult health care practices and health plans. It is committed to involving young adults in designing transition strategies and producing materials and messages. Through quarterly conference calls, virtual trainings, and leadership development, Got Transition’s new National Young Adult Transition Advisory Group will play a critical role in ensuring that the voices of young adult consumers are heard in the development of health care transition resources and processes. Through the Advisory Group’s contributions, Got Transition will be able to better support the positive health outcomes of young adults as they transition to adulthood.

Got Transition/Center for Health Care Transition Improvement is a cooperative agreement between the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health. Our aim is to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies for health professionals and youth and families. For more information, go to and follow Got Transition on Facebook and Twitter. 

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Young Invincibles’ Statement on Department of Education’s Move to Revoke Accreditation Power From ACICS


June 15, 2016

Contact: Sarah Schultz,, 202-734-6510

WASHINGTON — After the release of a recommendation from the Department of Education’s annual accreditation review to remove the accrediting powers of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, Rory O’Sullivan, deputy director of Young Invincibles released the following statement, praising the move:

“Too many students are being taken advantage of by poor quality schools that cash in on their dreams of earning a college degree. We strongly support cutting off schools who routinely fail their students from accessing Federal Student Aid, ” said Rory O’Sullivan, deputy director of Young Invincibles. “Given the alarming number of state and federal investigations into ACICS-approved schools, we are heartened to see the Department taking a closer look at the outcomes institutions accredited by the body provide.



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


June 13, 2016

Nina Smith,, 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

June 10, 2016

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


Thursday, June 9, 2016

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


April 29, 2016

Contact: Sarah Schultz,, 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


May 20, 2016

CONTACT:  Nina Smith,, 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.


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. |

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. |

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. |

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. |

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. |

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


April 4, 2016

Contact: Sarah Schultz,, 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


February 17, 2016

: 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.



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


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


February 17, 2016

Contact: Nina Smith,, 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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