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At the heart of our work is a belief that young people can make a difference in the political process, not just on Election Day. Policy matters - from City Hall to the community center, from the White House to the social innovation hub. How people, institutions, ideas, and resources come together to solve our greatest challenges ultimately determines the direction of our communities and country. The policy process - the way in which we develop the rules that govern our lives - is a powerful tool for young people to develop, advance, and advocate for sustainable solutions that take on our most intractable problems.
Our membership, through communication and coordination with community members and stakeholders, identify pressing issues facing their towns, counties, and states. Taking advantage of the unique resources on their college campuses, they engage in policy research and analysis and connect that research to the policy process at the local level. Campus Network develops local laboratories of democracy and policy experimentation where young people can work with community members to innovate, scale, and replicate the best ideas and policy initiatives emerging from our generation. Students have changed policies around predatory lending; established a tax fund in New Haven capable of sending every high-school graduate to college tuition free; and even included an automatic healthcare enrollment policy in the Affordable Care Act.
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