Young Invincibles’ 2019 Policy Agenda outlines our federal and state policies priorities aimed at increasing financial security for young adults this year. As the 116th Congress is seated and state legislatures convene, YI is eager and ready to continue fighting for the needs of 18-34 year olds by finding meaningful ways for them to participate in the political process. As an organization that understands the complexity of young adults’ lives today, YI focuses on the intersection of a range of issue areas that impact a young adult’s ability to achieve economic stability: health care, higher education, the workforce, and voting. These priorities were determined based on a combination of research, our our analysis and most importantly, what we heard directly from young adults (including our national and regional Youth Advisory Boards). Highlights include:
- In higher education, YI will focus on (1) expanding need-based aid and stopping state disinvestment; (2) improving equity by ensuring that students have access to the academic, financial, and individualized completion supports they need to graduate; and (3) creating a simplified, more borrower-friendly student loan repayment system and increasing borrower protections.
- In health care YI will focus on (1) defending the Affordable Care Act (ACA) against legislative repeal efforts and administrative sabotage, while increasing stability and improving affordability in the marketplace, and (2) protecting and expanding access to care, including the services young adults use the most, like mental health care and maternity coverage.
- In the area of workforce and finances, YI will focus on expanding access to work-based learning programs, such as apprenticeships.
- Finally, YI will work to increase civic engagement among young adults by supporting policies to strengthen and expand voter education and engagement on college campuses.
To read the full agenda, please click here.