Arlington, VA – Today, Generation Opportunity (GO) announced that it will join forces with Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the nation’s leading grassroots organization.
AFP currently boasts a large network of young people from across the country who are interested in advancing the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level. The move strengthens AFP’s ability to further educate and engage millennials and future generations of people who believe in helping every American – especially the least fortunate – live their dream.
Merging GO’s resources and knowledge into AFP’s existing capabilities means the organization will now be able to scale up and become even more effective with reaching young people.
“We’re excited to become part of the country’s premier grassroots organization and we’re looking forward to helping expand Americans for Prosperity’s youth outreach efforts,” said Generation Opportunity Policy Director David Barnes, who will assume a similar policy role with AFP. “Joining forces with AFP was an easy decision, and one that presented mutual benefit for both sides,” Barnes added.
AFP President Tim Phillips said the decision to welcome GO into the organization’s fold will position the group to have even more success with influencing young activists:
“We are thrilled to welcome Generation Opportunity into the Americans for Prosperity family,” Phillips said. “This move gives Americans for Prosperity even more tools and resources to influence young people and add to our already strong core of young activists. We are now in a better position today than we were before to connect with the roughly 75 million millennials in the U.S and help them create a more free and prosperous future for themselves and generations to come.”
Over the past several years, AFP has developed a robust team of young activists who have successfully helped the organization achieve significant policy wins on key issues impacting young people. From removing government-imposed barriers to opportunity to protecting America’s financial future to defending the First Amendment on college campuses, young AFP activists have served on the front lines of changing the country’s trajectory for the better.
Meanwhile, Generation Opportunity leaves behind a legacy of significant policy accomplishments over the past several years. Most notably, the group campaigned to pass several important reforms dealing with criminal justice, campus free speech and ride-sharing at the state level.
In addition, its sister organization, Generation Opportunity Institute (GOI), launched a national campaign surrounding the need for sentencing reform and played a role in helping secure the early release of Weldon Angelos, a young Utah man who was sentenced to 55 years in prison for selling small amounts marijuana while in possession of a firearm. As with GO, GOI will join forces with AFP’s sister organization, Americans for Prosperity Foundation.
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