Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 13, 2012
Generation Opportunity’s grassroots field team was in action in Maryland recently, participating in the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. The three-day event, dubbed “Leadership for Today and Tomorrow,” brought together over 400 young women leaders for lectures and workshops on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.
“As a young woman, I can tell you first-hand that we are confident in our abilities and know we are qualified to compete and succeed in whatever endeavor we choose. However, today we face an economy with fewer and fewer opportunities – there is an overall scarcity of jobs that is making it increasingly difficult to succeed and plan for our futures,” said Evan Flores, Director of Field Operations for Generation Opportunity. “Young women are experiencing high unemployment – a shocking 12.1% for Americans 18-29 years old – while Washington just talks about it. We know that America can do better. The failed policies of the last three years, such as greater regulatory intervention and higher taxes, are unfair and deny us opportunities – they are barriers to individual initiative, investment, and job creation.”
Event attendees indicated that record unemployment and high gas prices were among their top concerns. Economic opportunity and jobs are looking even bleaker on the heels of May’s lackluster numbers from the United States Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the overall unemployment rate climbed to 8.2%, as the economy added just 69,000 new jobs. The numbers are worse for Millennials, those aged 18 to 29 years old:
The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders is an annual event that brings young women from colleges across the country together with established women leaders in fields such as business, non-profit, journalism, government, and education. At this year’s conference, Generation Opportunity field organizers engaged with student leaders from Bennett College, University of Cincinnati, Denison University, University of Houston, Loyola University in New Orleans, University of Michigan, Moravian College, New Mexico State University, University of Northern Iowa, Ohio State University, University of Pittsburgh, Washington University in St Louis, Westshore Community College, Wright State University, and many other institutions.
Generation Opportunity has co-sponsored and participated in numerous events with professional organizations and other non-profits across the country that work with young adults and young adult women. Last fall, grassroots organizers participated in the Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston. Attendees represented states throughout greater New England as well as dozens of other states across the country including Arizona, North Carolina, Indiana, and Colorado. At last October’s American Student Government Association Conference, Generation Opportunity staff trained student leaders from dozens of community colleges and four-year universities, including Texas A&M University, Regis College, University of Wisconsin, Mississippi University for Women, Los Angeles City College, High Point University, Indiana University, and University of South Florida.
In addition, Generation Opportunity has been actively engaging young Americans in states across the country, including California, New Hampshire, Nevada, Michigan, and Virginia.
Generation Opportunity commissioned a poll with the polling company, inc./WomanTrend (April 16 – 22, 2011, +/- 4% margin of error) and highlights of results for young adult women ages 18-29 appears below.
Young Adult Women – Delaying Professional Plans and Personal Dreams – The Human Cost of the Poor Economy:
Young Adult Women – Government Spending and the Economy:
Young Adult Women – Looking Ahead to Election Day:
Young Adult Women – American National Security and Future Global Leadership:
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 by GO,” “The Constitution by GO,” “Gas Prices Are Too Damn High,” and “Keep Texas Awesome” on Facebook – have amassed a total fan base of more than 3.4 million. All four pages post links to relevant articles and reports from sources ranging from the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO), to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Brookings Institution, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Heritage Foundation.
Read about Generation Opportunity here; visit “Being American by GO” on Facebook here, “The Constitution by GO” on Facebook here, “Gas Prices Are Too Damn High” on Facebook here and “Keep Texas Awesome” on Facebook here.
For our Spanish-language page – Generación Oportunidad – click here.
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