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Young Invincibles Becomes Independent 501(c)(3)


July 1, 2015

Contact: Sarah Lovenheim,

(Washington) — After operating under fiscal sponsorship from Center for Community Change (CCC) for over five years, the Millennial research and advocacy group Young Invincibles spun off on July 1st as its own independent 501(c)(3).

A two-person team forged in 2009 to mobilize support for the young adult-specific provisions of the Affordable Care Act has since transformed into a nearly 50-person organization spanning several states. Young Invincibles has seen many achievements in its first five years, from securing consumer protections for student health plans, to successfully protecting billions of dollars in state and federal investments to help low-income students access college, to educating tens of thousands of Millennials about new health coverage options. YI has also trained hundreds of advocates across the country to speak up and shape political discourse in their community and at the state and federal level.

The group attributes a great deal of its successful growth to the operational support it received from CCC. “YI could not have gotten to this place without the help of CCC,” said Young Invincibles Executive Director Jennifer Mishory. “I’m eternally grateful to the Center for Community Change for giving us that initial shot to make our vision a reality, and the time and guidance to build our operational infrastructure to become our own independent organization. I’m deeply proud of how far we have come, and of the new heights that we will soar to as our own non-profit,” she added.

“CCC has seen YI grow not only in size, but in its impact on a host of important issues and its ability to get things done,” said CCC’s Managing Director Mary Lassen. “CCC has been honored to be with YI from its beginning and we are incredibly proud of the very important and influential organization YI has become.”

While the operational infrastructure will change, YI’s staffing, programming, development, and leadership will remain. Jennifer Mishory will remain at its helm as executive director and Rory O’Sullivan as deputy director. Co-founder Aaron Smith will continue to lead the group’s consulting arm, YI Advisors.

Young Invincibles’ mission is to expand economic opportunity for Millennials. For more information about its work and goals, please visit