Partners & Friends: Introducing the NextGenIL Project
The NextGen Illinois project is a new initiative by the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network, Young Invincibles, and several other Illinois organizations to activate young people to shape a unique policy agenda for the state of Illinois, and to equip young adults with the tools to create change within their communities. With the 2014 state elections fast approaching, NextGenIL is working to energize students about state issues and ask them for solutions to some of the state’s biggest challenges.
To gather policy ideas from young people NextGenIL is hosting caucuses, or group discussions, all across Illinois. On September 27, 2014 NextGenIL will gather together 1500 participants (between the ages of 16-34) to vote on some of the best ideas that young people have contributed throughout the process. The resulting agenda, containing the best ideas and supported by young people from all over the state will be delivered to elected officials, candidates, and influential leaders in our state to help shape the conversation for the elections this November and beyond.
For more information, check out the attached info page and newsletter outlining upcoming events. Visit: www.NextGenIL.org to explore the issues students have discussed already.
NextGenIL and AASCU’s American Democracy Project
AASCU’s presence on several campuses in Illinois means there is a network of active faculty and administrators with great connections to students who are interested in public policy and civic activity. NextGenIL would like to connect those students and their faculty members with this great opportunity for student involvement!
NextGenIL is looking for faculty and administrative support for the NextGenIL project on Illinois college campuses in the form of hosting a caucus (20-30 people), discussing or promoting the NextGenIL project during classes, promoting attendance at the convention or asking students to submit their own policy ideas.
For example, professors could opt to host a NextGenIL caucus during their first day of classes this fall to round out the typical focus on the semesters syllabus for a more engaging class. Additionally, offering to help secure space on campus for a caucus and offering extra credit for student participation is a great way to encourage attendance. Hosting a NextGenIL caucus could also be a great way to honor Constitution Day this fall. The NextGenIL team is happy to work with you to customize participation in the project in a way that works for you. But at the heart of NextGenIL is bringing young people of our state together to discuss important aspects of state policy and allowing them to brainstorm their own creative solutions.