AGE: Goals & Foundation
So what exactly is "AGE"?
We've come to define AGE as the first bipartisan and open-sourced policy agenda for the Millennial generation. But before we knew what its pages would contain, we decided to build it upon three pillars:
Advance Generational Fairness
The United States needs a national entitlement and revenue solution that both keeps the promise of a fair and adequate social safety net for our grandparents today and also sustains that safety net for future generations.
Invest in Millennial Mobility
The United States must make additional investments in education, workforce development, and the infrastructure of the future, so that all young Americans have the opportunity to succeed in the 21st century.
We believe Millennials should heal our political system by voting more, participating in public and community service, and working across party lines. CSA must take a lead in repairing the fabric of U.S. politics by encouraging our friends and peers to serve, participate and vote.
These pillars emerged from three core principles agreed upon by CSA's 2013 Summer Steering Committee, a group of 30 Millennial leaders from 20 states. The Steering Committee's purpose was to debate, discuss, and design a framework for an agenda that would address the most pressing, critical issues our generation faces. In order to make the final list, each issue had to meet the following criteria:
With these traits in mind, AGE was born. This isn't to say it was an easy process -- in January of 2014, CSA leaders from all across the country and falling within a wide spectrum of political beliefs came to DC to debate these issues and craft policy options that addressed them. Each of policy options that ended up in the agenda was voted in on a 60% majority, furthering the bipartisan nature of the agenda.
In the coming weeks, we will be posting about the policy options we propose for issues like entitlement reform, affordable post-secondary education, investing in infrastructure, generationally responsible taxing, increasing Millennial civic and electoral participation, and more.