Progress Make Progress National Summit 2014
summer, hundreds of young people will gather in Washington, D.C. for our
revamped, better-than-ever conference that will bring together both young
leaders and progressive organizations to build our generation’s vision for 2020
and outline engagement strategies.
happens on July 16th? You’ll join hundreds of Millennials for inspiring
speeches from leading public officials, engage with other young people in
trainings led by top activists, and learn from experts and journalists through
panel discussions and conversations. Participants will connect with remarkable
activists from around the country and discuss the critical challenges our
generation faces. Attendees will engage with experts and leading progressive
organizations to develop their ideas, networks, and innovative programs that
will help us create a more progressive America.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be joining us at the Make Progress 2014 National Summit.
Named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by TIME, Senator Gillibrand has created a progressive agenda that makes Millennials a priority. She has done so by focusing on making higher education more affordable, advocating for student loan refinancing, combating sexual assault on college campuses, and rebuilding the American economy.
“These young people deserve better. They deserve a chance at the American dream,” Gillibrand has said. Participants at the National Summit will be given the opportunity to explore Gillibrand’s vision for Millennials through meaningful discussion and trainings.
We're thrilled to announce that we'll be joined by United States Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez! As an advocate for Millennials, Perez understands that we need a progressive agenda to raise the minimum wage, ensure equal pay for equal work, and put Americans of all backgrounds back to work.
At White House Summit on Working Families, Secretary Perez said, “We live in a Modern Family society, but our policies are stuck in a Leave It To Beaver mentality.”
We have some exciting news to share with you! The Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, will be joining us at the Make Progress National Summit on July 16!
For nearly 36 years, Vice President Biden has been a leader on progressive issues. He's pushed to reform our health care system, campaign finance laws, and the American immigration system and has made strides to improve access and affordability to higher education. Through the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Biden has been a force in rebuilding our economy and paving the way for a sustainable economic future for the Millennial generation.
“Our future cannot depend on the government alone. The ultimate solutions lie in the attitudes and the actions of the American people," said Biden. The Make Progress Summit will provide a space for Millennials to discuss our generation's attitudes and actions so that we can continue working for progressive change in America.
And another speaker has been added! Senator Chris Murphy will be joining the list of awesome speakers on July 16!
At just 25 years old, Senator Murphy was elected to the Connecticut Senate. In 2013, Murphy went on to become the youngest United States Senator. In Congress, Senator Murphy has been a true advocate for the Millennial generation by working to prevent gun violence, create an economy that works for young people, and make college more affordable. Senator Murphy is very familiar with the student debt crisis—like so many of us, he's still paying off his student loans as well.
Morning Plenary Session (9AM-10:30AM)
Training Breakout Session (10:45AM – 11:45 AM)
LUNCH (11:45AM – 12:15 PM)
Lunch Plenary Session (12:15 PM – 1:30 PM)
Breakout Sessions (1:45PM – 3:45 PM)
Immigration: Undocumented Students Fighting for Education
In 20 years, young immigrants will make up the highest percentage of the workforce in the country’s history. However, with the comprehensive immigration reform bill stalled in Congress and calls increasing on President Obama to slow down deportations, undocumented young people have continued their efforts in other parts of the debate. Immigrant youth have taken their fight to the halls of education to make sure colleges and universities across the country are welcoming to all students regardless of legal status. Join a panel of organizers and policy experts to learn how immigrant youth are redefining education access in their states.
Student Debt: What are the options of Future Borrowers?
The Millennial generation is largest and most educated generation in American History, it is also the most indebted. With student debt more than $1.2 trillion, students now more than ever are looking for answers and options to alleviate their debt loads. Check out this panel of policy experts to learn more about current policy solutions and what you can do to get involved.
#Fight4aFuture: Young People and Guns
Every day, 33 people die from gun violence in the United States. Whether it’s the violence in Chicago or mass shootings such as the University of California, Santa Barbara, young people are disproportionately affected by gun violence. It’s time to honor their lives with action. Please join policy experts and Millennial organizers for a discussion on how young people are taking charge to prevent gun violence on their campuses and communities.
Millennials are coming of age in a time of limited economic mobility and record income inequality. Young Americans today believe in a strong government and progressive economic policies, despite facing significant challenges, such as the high rates of unemployment and underemployment, rising costs of college, and record levels of student debt. According to recent polling conducted by Generation Progress, young people are less likely than any other generation to identify as middle class, and they aspire to economic security rather than opportunity or mobility. The Millennial generation is unique in that the issues facing our generation are not new, but are larger and more layered in scope than those our parents and grandparents faced. We have a critical opportunity to come together and answer questions regarding the opportunities and challenges that this generation faces in the economy to better understand what policies will be helpful moving forward.
Campus Sexual Assault
1 out of every 5 college women is sexually assaulted by the time she graduates from higher education. Of those women, only 12% will report their assault to campus or local police and an even smaller number of perpetrators will face justice. It’s time to face the realities of campus sexual assault and address potential ways to end the violence against students and support survivors. This discussion will focus on the successes and failures of current legislation to combat sexual assault and the recommendations made by the January 2014 White House Council on Women and Girls. We will also discuss the role students can take to make sure their campus is safe and secure for everyone.
More than 8 million Americans signed up for healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act. And one-third of those covered were Millennials. As we move forward with providing greater healthcare access to more constituencies, what are the new health challenges facing young people? Listen to leading health and reproductive health advocates as we discuss the future of healthcare and ways Millennials can lead the charge for a healthier America for everyone and not just those that can afford it.
With the signing of his executive action, President Obama expanded federal workplace protections to more than 1 million federal contract workers. Federal protections is only one small part of the puzzle to ensure LGBTQ young people get a fair shot in this economy. LGBTQ individuals face higher rates of homelessness, poverty, criminalization, and educational barriers. On top of all of these obstacles, it is difficult to even enter the workforce in many cases because of the discrimination they face. Join our panel to discuss the importance of federal workplace protections and the needs of LGBTQ youth to thrive in our economy.
Closing Plenary Session (4PM – 5:30PM)