We are the Association of Young Americans (AYA).

We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization advocating at the federal level on behalf of young people. We work tirelessly to advance the policies and legislation that benefit our generation.

Our Issues

Student Debt

44 million Americans are drowning in $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. Student debt is has exacerbated inequalities and held our generation back from buying homes, starting families, and pursuing dreams.

Climate Change

We are facing a climate emergency, and young people are especially vulnerable. From extreme weather to rising sea levels and dwindling resources, our generation will face the worst effects of our warming planet.

Healthcare

The U.S. is the only industrialized nation without universal healthcare. Young Americans lack access to quality, affordable, inclusive care, often turning to crowd-funding to cover basic medical expenses.
Our generation deserves a seat at the table.
AYA advocates on Capitol Hill on behalf of our 23,000 members by elevating their voices, holding elected officials accountable, and using the inner workings of the political process to improve the system.

Action Reports

Stay up to date on what we’re up to on the Hill

Week of May 16-20

This week's events: SEC comments, PSLF help, mental health month, M4A for our generation.

  • Policy efforts:
    • SEC: The SEC has proposed rule that would require public companies to make annual climate-related financial-disclosures; AYA is working on suggestions and recommendations via public comment. More soon!
    • Student debt cancellation: Biden's signaled he'll be taking action on student debt cancellation soon, and he's currently weighing his options. We're working on a letter to the administration calling for at least $50k in relief per borrower.
    • Public Service Loan Forgiveness: You asked for help with the super-confusing Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, and we're here for you. AYA will host a members-only info session on the PSLF program on Thurs, 5/26 at 2pm EST. Register to join here.
    • Recycling infrastructure: We're collabing with Rep. Schrier's (WA-08) office to uplift and advance a bill (TBC) to improve federal recycling infrastructure.
  • Advocacy:
    • Virtual Hill Advocacy week: In June, AYA members will share their personal stories and experiences in a meeting marathon with their local and state Congressional offices. Sign up to participate here.
  • Partnership:
    • Our partners, Healthcare-NOW, hosted AYA last week for a podcast on why young people need access to healthcare, too. Watch the episode here.

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