We are the Association of Young Americans (AYA).
AYA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization. We go directly to the source and work with lawmakers on the Hill to advance legislation that improves the lives of young people.
45 million Americans are drowning in $1.7 trillion of student debt. Student debt is holding our generation back from buying homes, starting families, and pursuing dreams.
We are facing a climate emergency. From extreme weather to rising sea levels and dwindling resources, young people will be most affected by the consequences of our warming planet.
Healthcare costs in the U.S. are astronomical. Healthcare expenses are the leading cause of bankruptcy, and many Americans are crowdfunding to pay basic medical expenses.
Full-time lobbyists working around-the-clock in Washington.
Each day, AYA's lobbyists are on Capitol Hill advocating for our generation, holding lawmakers accountable, and using the inner workings of the political process to improve the system.
Weekly updates written by your lobbyist
Week of October 11-15
This week's events:
- Letter to Democratic leadership on costs of inaction: AYA circulated a letter outlining the costs of inaction for young people if Congress fails to invest in vital higher ed, climate, and healthcare programs in the final reconciliation package. 11 organizations signed on in support of the letter, which was sent to Rep. Yarmuth, Senators Sanders and Schumer, and Speaker Pelosi.
- Supported MOCs on letter to POTUS for Debt Cancelation: This week, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar sent a letter to President Biden and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona urging the administration to release the memo to determine the extent of the administration’s authority to broadly cancel student debt through administrative action. AYA showed our support to Ilhan's office and each of the 20 offices that supported the letter.
- Met with USED to learn about PSLF Overhaul: The PSLF coalition, which AYA is a member of, hosted a call with Ben Miller, a Biden appointee at the U.S. Department of Education, to discuss the changes to the program. In the call, Ben highlighted that the fixes will relax rules around eligibility and what it means to make an eligible payment in order to provide forgiveness to an estimated 55,000 borrowers over the next year. AYA will be working with our members to encourage them to apply for PSLF.
- Meetings with USED on PSLF: In order to uplift out support for the PSLF changes and showcase our members who have done advocacy work in this area, AYA is requesting a series of meetings with staff at the Department of Education throughout the next few weeks. We encourage all members interested in this issue to reach out to us in the event you’d like to join.
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