At time when young people are more energized than ever in national policy and activism, students on more than 400 college campuses across the country are joining Up to Us to mobilize their peers and engage federal policymakers on the dangers of Americas $21.5 trillion and growing national debt. Up to Us, now in its 7th year, is the only national, non-partisan campus-based initiative that galvanizes young people on fiscal sustainability and economic issues.
Students across America are joining this growing movement because they understand the national debt directly affects their own future, said Peter G. Peterson Foundation CEO Michael Peterson. Year after year, lawmakers continue to ignore our rapidly rising debt “ and young people know they will get stuck with the bill. Thats why student leaders on campuses across the country are making their voices heard and taking greater responsibility for their economic future.
Launched in 2012 by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and Net Impact, Up to Us expanded to all 50 states and has engaged more than 230,000 people to raise awareness on the national debt.
In this years program, students will host various events to elevate the voices of young Americans and rally their peers to sign the Up to Us Pledge, emphasizing the essential role young people play in building a strong fiscal and economic future. Additionally, today, November 8, students are taking part in My Two Cents Day (#MTCD) by expressing their two cents on Americas fiscal trajectory on social media and in person to spark a national conversation on the dangerous impact of the national debt.
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In addition, students on more than 125 campuses will enter into a special competition to develop non-partisan, multi-week campaigns that inspire and motivate their peers in support of fiscal sustainability. Teams from the following schools will take part in the Up to Us campus competition beginning this fall, with an additional slate of teams competing in the winter:
|Arizona State University||
Oakland Community College
|Barnard College, Columbia University||
Oklahoma Christian University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
|Bryn Mawr College||
|Case Western Reserve University||
San Francisco State University
|Central Texas College||
|Claremont Graduate University||
Stony Brook University
|Clark Atlanta University||
|Coahoma Community College||
Texas A&M University
|College of Charleston||
The Ohio State University
|Eastern Florida State College – Cocoa Campus||
University of Alabama, Birmingham
|Eastern Michigan University||
University of Alaska Anchorage
|Florida State University||
University of Albany, State University of New York
University of Baltimore
|George Washington University||
University of California, Davis
|Georgia State University||
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Santa Barbara
|Hobart and William Smith University||
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
|Houston Community College||
University of Illinois at Chicago
|Indiana University of Pennsylvania||
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
|James Madison University||
University of Notre Dame
|Jarvis Christian College||
University of Pennsylvania
|Johns Hopkins University||
University of Pittsburgh
|Kennesaw State University||
University of South Florida
|Lone Star College-Tomball||
University of Southern Indiana
|Lone Star College“CyFair||
University of St. Thomas- Houston
|Los Angeles Pierce College||
University of the District of Columbia
University of Virginia
|Mesa Community College||
University of West Georgia
|Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus||
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
|Mount Mary University||
Worcester State University
Teams participating in the 2018-2019 Up to Us campus competition will be evaluated by a panel of judges who are experts in academia, policy, and civic impact. The winning teams with the most effective and visible campaigns will receive a cash prize, recognition at national conferences, and the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congressional leaders, giving them the opportunity to have the voices of young Americans heard by policymakers.
For more information on how to get involved in the Up to Us movement, participate in the campus competition, or host an event, visit the Get Involved section of the Up to Us website.
About Up to Us
Up to Us is a movement of a generation, for a generation that lets policymakers know that young Americans are committed to addressing the nations fiscal challenges. Since 2012, Up to Us has created a groundswell of student leaders whove engaged and empowered more than 230,000 of their peers towards a more prosperous fiscal future. Created in partnership with the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and Net Impact, Up to Us provides the opportunity for students to build a movement to raise awareness and engagement on Americas fiscal challenges, and hosts an annual competition that takes place on college campuses nationwide.
Up to Us
Julie Walsh, 202-518-6489