On Heels of Mother’s Day, Senators Murray, Murphy and Baldwin to Join Young Invincibles, as Working Parents Call for Policies to Better Support Women and Families

New Report by Young Invincibles Shows 1 in 5 Millennial Parents Live in Poverty, And Need More Support to Care for Kids

[WASHINGTON] – On the heels of Mother’s Day, Young Invincibles will host a press conference with Senators Murray, Murphy and Baldwin, to stand with young parents and advocates and call for policies, such as the Healthy Families Act, that would better support women and families today.

A new report by Young Invincibles, Finding Time: Millennial Parents, Rising Costs and Poverty, finds that one in five young Millennial parents lives in poverty. Paid sick leave is crucial for young parents, who should not have to risk losing their job when their child gets sick. Young parents across the country who are already doing more with less today — financially and time-wise — deserve better.

 

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 12th at 10 a.m. ET

WHAT: Young Invincibles to host press conference with Senator Murray, other members, young parents, and advocates, to call for better policies for women and families
WHERE: U.S. Capitol, S-120

WHO: Policy Director of Young Invincibles Jennifer Wang, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); a young mom and representative of the Healthy Babies Project Nyla Roy

 

In addition to addressing the Healthy Families Act, speakers will discuss the economic challenges facing young parents today, as outlined in the Finding Time report, and other possible policy solutions.

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Millennial Wage Growth Severely Lags Steady Job Gains

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May 8, 2015

Contact: Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org, 214.223.2913

Millennial Wage Growth Severely Lags Steady Job Gains

[WASHINGTON]–As the economy added 223,000 jobs in the month of April and the national unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent, the unemployment rate for 18- to 34-year-olds fell from 7.8 percent in March to 7.5 percent in April. The unemployment rate for young black adults is 12 percent in April (not seasonally adjusted), a more than 16 percent downward shift in one month.

Despite the gains the labor market has seen over the course of the last few years, young Millennials are still struggling to find a foothold in the post-Great Recession economy. A new Young Invincibles report released this week found that in states like California, young Millennials have seen their wages fall 25 percent in the course of decade.

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- The unemployment rate for black/African American young adults ages 18 to 34 is 12 percent (not seasonally adjusted) in April, down from 14.4 percent in March.

- The unemployment rate for Hispanic/Latino young adults ages 18 to 34 is 7.9 percent (not seasonally adjusted) in April, down from 8.8 percent in March.

- The unemployment rate for Asian-Pacific Islander young adults ages 18 to 34 is 5 percent (not seasonally adjusted) in April, up from 4.4 percent in March.

- The unemployment rate for white young adults ages 18 to 34 is 5.9 percent (not seasonally adjusted) in April, down from 6.7 percent in March.

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New White House Report Highlights Need to Lower College Costs

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May 7, 2015
Contact: Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org, 214.223.2913
Young Invincibles Lauds New White House Report Highlighting Need to Lower College Costs
[WASHINGTON]–Earlier today, the White House released a new report called Making College More Affordable for Millions of Americans, which looks at steps the President and Congress have taken to make college more affordable and what work still remains. The report also includes a state-by-state breakdown on Pell grant availability and number of recipients. Jen Mishory, Executive Director of Young Invincibles, released the following statement on the report’s release:
“For many young people, a college education is the gateway to finding a job and achieving economic security. With the cost of college and student debt having risen dramatically for this generation, we are pleased to see the Administration calling for additional reforms like the America’s College Promise to decrease costs in our higher education system.”
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Young Invincibles to Release New Report Outlining Unprecedented Challenges Facing Millennial Workers in California, From Falling Wages to Discrimination

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May 1, 2015

Contacts:
Maria Beltran, maria.beltran@younginvincibles.org323-434-9406

Riana King, riana.king@younginvincibles.org916-718-7767

Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvinicbles.org585-746-8281

Young Invincibles to Release New Report Outlining Unprecedented Challenges Facing Millennial Workers in California, From Falling Wages to Discrimination

Report Shows Wages Have Fallen by 25% For Millennials Aged 18-24, Compared to 10% For Millennials Aged 25-34 Over the Past Decade — And This Should Concern All of Us

[LOS ANGELES] – On Thursday May 7th, Young Invincibles will unveil a new report, Through Their Eyes: The Challenges Facing Young Workers in California’s Post-Recession Economy (synopsis attached), during a panel discussion at the Campaign for College Opportunity. The report looks at the driving forces behind unemployment and underemployment among Millennial Californians, such as discrimination in the workplace, falling wages, skills gaps, and lack of information.

The report marks the culmination of a YI-led Jobs Tour, a five-month series of in-person conversations with young adults across the state that offered valuable insight about the barriers preventing Millennials from pursuing careers.

Top experts familiar with the economic challenges tied to education and employment will join the panel on Thursday to discuss how California can better set up young people for the future.

WHEN:  Thursday, May 7th at 11am PT

WHAT: Panel discussion to cover findings of new report Through Their Eyes: The Challenges Facing Young Workers in California’s Post-Recession Economy

WHERE: Campaign for College Opportunity, 714 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 745
Los Angeles, CA 90015

WHO: Hillary McLean, Deputy Director of Linked Learning, Gustavo Herrera, Western Regional Director of Young Invincibles, and a Millennial participant from the California Jobs Tour

Please be in touch if you would like to speak with a policy expert ahead of Thursday’s panel discussion.

 

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Young Invincibles Applauds Census Decision to Keep Question on College Majors

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April 29, 2015

Contacts:

Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org214.223.2913

[WASHINGTON] – Young Invincibles applauds the U.S. Census Bureau’s decision to keep the question about choice of college major on the American Community Survey. In January, Young Invincibles led a coalition of over a dozen higher education researchers, advocates, and institutional representatives, defending the question and its pivotal role in understanding expected labor outcomes and demographic trends in what field students choose to study.

“Students lack knowledge about expected outcomes tied to their choice of college major, and losing this pivotal question would have exasperated the problem. The voice of the higher education community came through loud and clear, and we’re glad the Census listened,” said Tom Allison, Policy and Research Manager.

 

“There’s a misconception that we automatically know how much money graduates in any given field make, or where gender gaps persist among chosen majors. It takes investment in our statistical infrastructure and dedicated analysis to answer these questions,” Allison added.

 

Please be in touch to speak with a policy expert.

 

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New Report Looks at Unprecedented Challenges Facing Millennial Parents

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April 29, 2015
Contacts: Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org214.223.2913

New Report Looks at Unprecedented Challenges Facing Millennial Parents
Report Finds More Than 1 in 5 Millennial Parents is in Poverty; Declining Wages, Rising Debt and Exploding Costs 
 
[WASHINGTON]–On Wednesday, Young Invincibles released a new report, Finding Time: Millennial Parents, Poverty, and Rising Costs, which looks at the driving forces behind rising poverty among Millennial parents, such as student loan debt, falling wages and the exploding cost of education and childcare.
 
The report finds, for example, that more than 1 in 5 Millennial parents is in poverty (a nearly 40 percent increase since the start of the new millennium) and that providing affordable childcare on college campuses, paid leave, and flexible and secure work scheduling could make a significant difference in supporting young parents.
 
“We know that the Great Recession ravaged many Millennials, but few have felt the strain more than today’s young parents,” said Konrad Mugglestone, author of Finding Time. “Failing to address the problems plaguing Millennial parents could have significant financial and social costs not only for this generation, but for the next.”
 
Already, we’re seeing young parents work a midnight shift at twice the rate of young non-parents. Changing job schedules is just one of many shifts happening across today’s workforce.
 
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Advocates Call for Financial Relief for Students at Failed Corinthian Programs

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April 27, 2015
Contacts: Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org, 214.223.2913
Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org, 585.746.8281

Advocates Call for Financial Relief for Students at Failed Corinthian College Programs
[WASHINGTON]–Yesterday, Corinthian Colleges announced that it was shutting down its remaining 28 campuses after being fined by the U.S. Department of Education for falsifying job placement rates. Jennifer Wang, Policy Director at Young Invincibles, released the following statement on the news:
“For years, for-profit education programs run by Corinthian have made billions of dollars off the backs of hardworking students trying to gain skills needed to compete in today’s economy. Unfortunately, Corinthian’s deceitful tactics led many students to take on debt for training and degrees that did not lead to better employment outcomes. While we are pleased to see failed programs being held accountable, ill-served students shouldn’t be saddled with debt they cannot pay off because their school failed to uphold its end of the bargain. We must provide these students with immediate financial relief.”
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Vocational Training For IL Millennials On Chopping Block



Governor Rauner Stresses Importance Of Vocational Training, Yet Budget Proposal Puts Training Programs On Chopping Block

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April 21, 2015

Contact: Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org

[CHICAGO]– Yesterday, Governor Rauner spoke at the Education Writers Association and highlighted his support for vocational training, but a close look at his proposed $387 million budget cut to higher education shows such programs would lose funding.

Midwest Director of Young Invincibles Eve Rips released the following statement on why greater investment is needed to set Millennials up for the job market:

“We’re glad to see Governor Rauner stress the importance of vocational training for Millennials in Illinois, yet his proposed $387 million budget cut to higher education puts key vocational programs on the line. At Southern Illinois University, for instance, signature training programs in aviation and pharmaceutical work are on the chopping block. While we hope the Governor works to increase access to career training for young adults, an urgent first step is maintaining funding for our state’s successful higher education vocational tracks.”

Please be in touch if you would like to connect with a policy expert.

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New Report Calls For Illinois To Reinvest In Higher Education At Pre-Recession Levels As Nearly One Billion Dollars In Post-Recession Cuts Loom

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[Chicago]– Young Invincibles has released The Case for Returning Higher Education Funding to Pre-Recession Levels As Nearly One Billion Dollars in Cuts Loom – a brief exploring the impact of recent higher education spending cuts on Illinois students, and the expected consequences of further cuts under Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal. The report recommends lawmakers return higher education spending to pre-Recession levels in order to achieve Illinois’ goal of getting 60 percent of the workforce to hold a college degree by 2025.

“The state set a great goal of helping 60 percent of the workforce get college degrees by 2025. Slashing higher education spending by 30 percent as the Governor proposes risks setting aspiring college students back in the economy, and jeopardizes their long-term career prospects. Lawmakers must bring higher education levels back to pre-recession levels to meet the state’s 2025 goal, and tackle our college affordability crisis that lingers,” said Eve Rips, Midwest Director of Young Invincibles. 

Over the last decade, tuition in Illinois has increased by 57 percent at public four-year universities and by 38 percent at public two-year colleges. These increases are over 40 percent higher than the national average and as the state slashed financial aid, making college more out of reach for low-income students, especially. First generation students and students of color already struggling to afford and complete college degrees have also been disproportionately hit hard.

Please be in touch if you would like to speak with the report author.

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Advocates to Press Lawmakers to Address Coverage Gap Leaving Over 300,000 FL Millennials Without Access to Affordable Health Insurance

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR:

April 15, 2015

Contacts: Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org585.746.8281
Athena Smith Fordathena@floridachain.org, 570.760.1828
Charlotte Cassel, charlotte@floridalegal.org305.542.2077

Advocates to Press Lawmakers to Address Coverage Gap Leaving Over 300,000 FL Millennials Without Access to Affordable Health Insurance

[Tallahassee, Fl.]–On Wednesday, April 15, dozens of Florida Millennials will join health and community advocates from across the state for an advocacy day and press conference at the Florida Legislature. Stakeholders are gathering to demand Florida lawmakers advance a solution to address the state’s health coverage gap, which is leaving over 300,000 Florida Millennials without access to an affordable health insurance option. Florida Millennials in the state’s coverage gap will be available for interviews.

This Millennial advocacy day comes on the heels of the Florida Senate unanimously supporting a market-based plan that would cover low-income Floridians in the state’s coverage gap and Governor Scott’s recent skepticism about the reliability of federal funding, despite previously speaking in favor of Medicaid expansion.

WHAT: Press Conference & Advocacy Day

WHO: Florida Millennials in the health coverage gap, community and health stakeholders

WHERE: Capitol Building Third Floor Rotunda

WHEN: Wednesday, April 15th at 11am

recent analysis from Young Invincibles and Florida CHAIN found that Millennials (18- to 34-year-olds) account for about one-third of the low-income residents in Florida’s coverage gap. The brief also suggests that a lack of access to coverage for these young people could threaten the state’s degree attainment goals and consequentially their employment and earnings potential.

Additionally, the Florida Coverage Gap was created by the failure of Florida lawmakers to accept more than $50 billion made available to our state by the Affordable Care Act so that Floridians making around the poverty line or less could get access to affordable health care coverage. Florida’s decision to leave these people uninsured is costing the state nearly a half billion dollars a year.

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