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 July 19-23
This week's events:
- #NoClimateNoDeal week of action: AYA members sent 440 emails and a dozen tweets to Congress to ensure that our climate priorities are included in the current reconciliation package being negotiated by Congress and the White House. Those priorities include investments in green jobs, clean infrastructure, and the preservation of natural resources and land.
- White House Office of Public Engagement Call: This week, we attended an off the record call with members of the White House Office of Public Engagement to learn about how the current budget negotiations will impact young people. While we can’t say more, we are pumped to say, we agree with what they are pushing for!
- Preparing for Hill Meetings: Lobbyists and Ally Talcott and Emily Shetty have sent out a bunch of meeting requests to members of Congress on both sides of the aisle that sit on the Select Committee for Climate Crisis to discuss our climate platform.
- Red, Black and Green New Deal: AYA recently joined the Red, Black, and Green New Deal Alliance, which works to educate and catalyze Black people to take actions that mitigate the impact of the global climate crisis on Black Lives. We participated in our first coalition call this past Thursday, where we joined 100+ allies to hear about RBGND culture building and future events.
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