The Youth Progress PAC is an energetic group of young people, all high-school or college students, working to invigorate policy-making by involving youth. We support a variety of reforms aimed at giving young people a greater voice in the making of policy, as well as educating on the workings of government better and helping them achieve their career goals.
Suffrage at Sixteen
We believe that states, counties, and municipalities should follow in the footsteps of Brazil, Argentina, Scotland, Austria, and Estonia and allow for 16-year-olds to vote in state, county, and municipal elections. We believe that a government which affects the lives of its citizens ought to be led by those it affects; thus, youth, who are affected by a plethora of policy choices and will see the most long-term effects of government decisions, ought to have a voice in the ballot box.
The Youth Progress PAC believes that civics education is vital to America’s future as a unique and thriving nation, and will support candidates who put civics education at the forefront of their agenda. We support efforts to make a satisfactory grade on the U.S. citizenship exam a requisite for high school graduation; in absence of that, we support increased funding for high school civics education and after-school programs promoting civics knowledge.
Every young person should have access to quality career training, which is essential to a future as a productive citizen. We wholeheartedly endorse efforts to make more apprenticeships available to high school students and to prepare youth for their future.
Technology in Government
For government institutions to truly represent the most technologically adept generation in American history, they must use technology to their benefit. We support efforts to revamp and digitize government offerings and services, to ensure that they are open to youth.
State Youth Advisory Boards
The Youth Progress PAC believes that state governors should appoint small youth advisory boards made up entirely of those below 18 for occasional meetings. This will serve to discuss policies which can help youth achieve their full potential and which can give young people a voice in matters of policy.