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The latest edition of the 10 Ideas series highlights student proposals on economic development, health care, education, equal justice, defense and diplomacy, and energy and the environment.

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The creativity and quality of analysis on display in this year’s 10 Ideas prove that young people have more to offer the political process than showing up on Election Day.

As college students across the nation prepare for final exams, many are looking beyond summer break or graduation. They’re thinking about the challenges their generation will inherit at the local, national, and global levels, from high rates of youth unemployment to an unhealthy environment, and they have bold ideas about how to shake up the public debate and advance real solutions. In the 2014 edition of its annual 10 Ideas series, the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network showcases innovative, student-generated proposals from across the country as well as the students’ plans to turn those ideas into action.

The 10 Ideas series reflects the Campus Network’s unique model of collaborative democracy. Proposals are submitted by members of the Network, which encompasses more than 120 chapters in 38 states, and selected for publication on the basis that they are smart, rigorously researched, and feasible. Student authors must examine how their ideas will affect local communities and key stakeholders, consider the current political context, and develop a plan to implement their proposals.

The journals cover a diverse range of policy areas including economic development, health care, education, equal justice, energy and the environment, and defense and diplomacy. A jury of Campus Network members, staff, and alumni select one piece from each journal as a nominee for Policy of the Year. This year’s nominees include proposals to subsidize youth employment on Chicago’s urban farms; encourage helmet use in bike share programs; promote active learning through flipped classrooms; de-privatize prison management; modernize western water rights; and reform United Nations peacekeeping practices.

“As the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary this December, we remain committed to elevating fresh thinking and new voices,” said Taylor Jo Isenberg, the Roosevelt Institute’s Vice President of Networks. “The creativity and quality of analysis on display in this year’s 10 Ideas prove that young people have more to offer the political process than showing up on Election Day.”

Schools represented in this year’s journals include the City College of New York (New York, NY); Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA); the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA); Cornell University (Ithaca, NY); Emory University (Atlanta, GA); Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.); George Washington University (Washington, D.C.); Hendrix College (Conway, AR); Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA); Hunter College (New York, NY); Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, IL); Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York (New York, NY); Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI); New York University (New York, NY); Northwestern University (Evanston, IL); the University of Georgia (Athens, GA); the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI); the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC); the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN); Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC); and Wheaton College (Norton, MA).

The 10 Ideas authors are available for interview. For more information, please contact Tim Price.

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