FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Carmel Pryor, Senior Director of Communications
WASHINGTON – Today marks President Biden’s 100th day in office and last night he shared his vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.
The record breaking youth voter turnout in the 2020 election was instrumental in propelling President Biden to victory and a Democratic majority in the Senate. Generation Z and Millennials will be a key voting bloc for years to come making it critical for the Biden Administration to address the demands of young people across the country.
After the election in November, the Alliance for Youth Action polled young progressive voters in battleground states on what they wanted to see from the Biden Administration in the first 100 days and just last week, the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School released results of a national poll of 18-to-29 year olds’ views regarding the Biden administration’s first 100 days.
Sarah Audelo, Executive Director of the Alliance for Youth Action, issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress:
“Young people wanted President Biden to address COVID-19 on day one and the American Rescue Plan provided the essential overdue help that young people needed – especially Black, Latinx, and Indigenous youth and their families who have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19.”
“Our poll and the Harvard youth poll show that young voters are extremely motivated to stay involved in civic engagement beyond voting and will hold the Biden Administration to a higher standard than the Trump Administration. President Biden must continue to not take this voting bloc for granted and work for their support throughout his presidency by centering the demands of young people.”
“The youth organizers in the Alliance network know that restoring the soul of this nation isn’t about returning to normalcy, but pushing us all to imagine more loving, safe, and thriving communities. This vision can be realized through a big, bold policy agenda that includes canceling student debt, free four year college, raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy, and more.”
The Alliance for Youth Action is a nationwide network of organizations building the progressive political power of young people across America to strengthen our democracy, fix our economy, and correct injustices through on-the-ground organizing. The Alliance supports and scales the work of local organizations to build a movement of young people, by young people, and for all people.