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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2011
Over 100 Community College and University Student Leaders attending the American Student Government Association (ASGA) Conference Are Trained on How To Widen Impact On Campus and Within States
Washington, DC – (10/6/11) – Generation Opportunity – one of the largest grassroots organizations in the nation dedicated to organizing and mobilizing young adults – dispatched members of its grassroots team to the 2011 National Student Government Summit in Bethesda, Maryland to train student government presidents and campus leaders on the latest tactics in effective grassroots organizing. Generation Opportunity staff designed and taught a session entitled “Increase Your Impact: Effectively Organizing On and Beyond Campus.”
“The student government leaders we had the opportunity to train represent tens of thousands of students attending large and small community colleges, state universities, and private colleges throughout America. Each is a leader both on their campuses as well as in their local communities, and without exception, every leader we talked to relayed the concerns of their peers about the lack of jobs and economic opportunity in this poor economy,” said Paul T. Conway, President of Generation Opportunity and a former Chief of Staff for both the United States Department of Labor and the federal Office of Personnel Management. “We are encouraged that their demonstrated leadership ability combined with organizing and new media skills will make them even more effective advocates for policies that increase job opportunities and make a difference in the everyday lives of young people.”
The training session featured strategies that combine effective social media tools with proven grassroots tactics. Session attendees were trained on how to make an impact on campus and in their state capitals and how to better network with national grassroots and policy organizations. Leaders were encouraged to collaborate with other organizations based on shared principles and issues, such as youth unemployment and job creation, and how to work effectively on a bipartisan basis at the local, state, and national level in order to make an even larger impact.
Generation Opportunity staff met students from community colleges as well as from four-year colleges and universities all over the country. These young leaders hailed from Gulf Coast State College, College of Coastal Georgia, Dona Ana Community College, Dowling College, Molloy College, Suffolk County Community College, Keuka College, Nyack College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, High Point University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, La Roche College, Rhode Island College, Texas A&M University, Blue Ridge Community College, Christopher Newport University, University of Washington, Potomac State College, Northwest College, Ventura College, University of Hartford, Webster University, University of South Florida, Tidewater Community College, Gainesville State College, University of Arkansas, Minot State University, York College CUNY, University of Maine, Regis College, Fletcher Technical Community College, Boise State University, Rock Valley College, Purdue Calumet, Morningside College, Community College of Baltimore County, Franklin Piece University, Passaic County Community College, Bergen Community College, Capital Area Technical College, Our Lady of the Lake College, University of Wisconsin, Georgia Perimeter College, Mississippi University for Women, Midwestern State University, East Central College, Voorhees College, Brevard Community College, Los Angeles City College, Prince George’s Community College, and Indiana University.
ABOUT GENERATION OPPORTUNITY
Generation Opportunity is a non-profit, non-partisan 501 (c)(4) organization that seeks to engage everyone from young adults, to early career professionals, college students, young mothers and fathers, construction workers, current service men and women, veterans, entrepreneurs and all Americans who find themselves dissatisfied with the status quo and willing to create a better tomorrow.
Generation Opportunity operates on a strategy that combines advanced social media tactics with proven field tactics to reach Americans 18-29. The organization’s social media platforms – “Being American” on Facebook and “The Constitution” on Facebook – have amassed a total fan base of more than 1.5 million. Both pages post links to relevant articles and reports from sources ranging from the federal General Accountability Office, to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Brookings Institution, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Heritage Foundation.