Alliance for Youth Action Launches ‘Dreams Not Debt,’ a Week of Digital Activation to Cancel Student Debt

June 7, 2021

Carmel Pryor, Senior Director of Communications

WASHINGTON — With calls to cancel student debt louder than ever, the Alliance for Youth Action announced the launch of Dreams Not Debt, a week of digital activation starting on Monday, June 7th that will educate online audiences on the issue of student debt, amplify current campaigns in the Alliance Network to support borrowers, and mobilize people to take action.

“Student debt and the high cost of attending college has already crushed the dreams of too many people. It prevents some from attending college, causes others to drop out, and stifles success and life accomplishments for those who manage to earn a degree,” said Sarah Audelo, Executive Director of Alliance for Youth Action. “On the campaign trail, President Biden promised to immediately cancel $10,000 in student debt per person and, despite pressure from Senate Democrats and organizers across the country to go even further, he has yet to take action. With the Dreams Not Debt week of action, we hope President Biden will answer the call of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Ayanna Pressley to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student debt through executive action.” 

The Dreams Not Debt week of action will amplify the work Alliance network organizations are doing to address the student debt crisis and the high costs of attending college, feature student debt stories from young people, and engage a broader audience to pressure key policymakers to take action, including President Biden. Additionally, the week of action will urge Representatives to pass the College for All Act, legislation that would turn the dream of a college degree into a reality for thousands of working class families.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Dreams Not Debt week of action and the work of the Alliance, please reach out to Carmel at for more information.