Your Lobbyists

Your lobbyists. Your future.

AYA’s lobbyists work on behalf of our membership to make progress on the issues that matter to young Americans. Each day, they’re there IRL on Capitol Hill advocating for our generation's wants and needs, holding lawmakers accountable, and using the inner workings of the political process to improve the system.

A day in the life of AYA’s lobbyists includes:

Submitting letters for the record on issues that impact communities

A day in the life of AYA’s lobbyists includes:

Building relationships with Members of Congress and their staff ("staffers")

A day in the life of AYA’s lobbyists includes:

Attending Congressional hearings to show AYA’s support for various issues

A day in the life of AYA’s lobbyists includes:

Liaising with the public and lawmakers to translate policy impacts

A day in the life of AYA's lobbyists includes:

Submitting written testimony for hearings and committees that records AYA's position on issues for the Congressional record

A day in the life of AYA’s lobbyists includes:

Submitting letters for the record on issues that impact communities

A day in the life of AYA’s lobbyists includes:

Building relationships with Members of Congress and their staff ("staffers")

Action Reports

Weekly updates written by your lobbyist

Week of June 7-11

This week's events:

  • Met with the White House’s office of Public Engagement to discuss youth-related priorities including COVID-19 vaccinations for young people, and to introduce AYA and share our 2021 legislative agenda.
  • Worked with several offices of members of Congress to provide feedback on bills related to lowering drug costs, making college more affordable, and improving pathways to the workforce.
  • Monitored four hearings on Capitol Hill that did a deep dive on the HHS and Ed budgets, and monitored two separate hearings on climate change and building resilient communities in the House Select Committee on Climate Crisis and the House Homeland Security Committee. These hearings are important for AYA to monitor as they give us insight into how the Members of Congress talk about the issues we care about and where we can support or advocate against the policies they are putting forth in these bills.
  • Attended the #CancelStudentDebt voices event led by several of AYA’s allies in the higher ed space, including Student Debt Crisis, Higher Ed Not Debt, Next Gen, and Young Invincibles. Heard from student borrowers as they discussed personal struggles with student debt and explained how cancellation would improve their quality of life, as well as Senator Schumer, Alyssa Milano, and Senator Warren who continue to fiercely advocate for the immediate cancellation of $50,000 in student debt for all borrowers. AYA will continue to uplift the campaign.