Founded in 2013, the YI Midwest Office works out of Chicago to expand economic opportunity for young adults in Illinois and to elevate Millennial voices in the political process. Since its founding, the team has worked on top issues related to jobs, higher education, and health care.
The Midwest office has provided thousands of young adults in the Chicagoland region with health insurance information, brought hundreds of students to Springfield to speak to elected officials, and launched the StreetLight Chicago mobile phone app (available for iPhone and Android), which provides up-to-date information for homeless youth and service providers on critical services including health centers, emergency beds, and drop-in shelters.
YI Midwest is leading campaigns to make higher education more affordable and reduce youth unemployment. Our “Fund Our Future” campaign calls for higher education funding to return to pre-recession levels and need-based aid (MAP grants) to cover costs for all eligible students. We are also working to expand employment opportunities for young adults through data-driven workforce training programs, including apprenticeships.
Read below for research, policy ideas, and fact sheets related to our health, employment, and higher education campaigns, check out our 2020 policy agenda. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have updated our policy agenda to support today’s young adults and students through this crisis and beyond. Interested in learning more? We hope you reach out, because we want you at the table as decisions about our future are made.
Lily Rocha, Midwest Regional Director
234 S Wabash, Floor 6
Chicago, IL 60604