The holidays are upon us, but our national network of student-run non-profits are not slowing down our activism and organizing. This month, our team welcomed the new EPA Youth Advisory Council, hosted more than 200 events for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and trained more than 100 students in key organizing skills at regional and national retreats.
I wish all of the reporters and pundits wondering whether youth people are apathetic or going to turn out to the polls knew the young activists that I get to work with every day.
They’re paying attention.
They’re ready to take action.
They just need training and resources to activate their peers and make their voices heard.
Celebrating the EPA’s New Youth Advisory Council
We sent 18 PIRG student leaders from 11 states to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the EPA’s first ever National Environmental Youth Advisory Council and encourage the new members to take action on a range of different environmental topics including: stronger restrictions on soot, reductions in climate pollution from power plants, and protecting water from lead and toxic PFAS pollution.
National Student Vote Summit
The day before the event at the EPA, the Students Learn Students Vote coalition (SLSV) held their National Student Vote Summit in College Park, Maryland at the University of Maryland.
At the summit, the coalition celebrated voter engagement student leaders including ten PIRG students who were on this years honor roll for the work they did in the 2022 midterm elections. Over 200 administrators, non-profit leaders, philanthropic partners, and students gathered in person to discuss and prepare for engaging more students in the electoral process in 2024!
Andres Cubillos of Florida State University attended the event on behalf of the Student PIRGs and will share the best practices from youth voting leaders across the country with our national network.
Student Leadership Retreats
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Last week, our network hosted more than 200 events across the country addressing Hunger and Homelessness for Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. The Student PIRGs co-host the week of action every year with the National Coalition for the Homeless.
The Student PIRGs’ mission is to ensure students have the skills , opportunities and training they need to create a bette, more sustainable future for all of us. For nearly 50 years we’ve helped students to get organized, mobilized and energized so they can continue to be on the cutting edge of positive change. Read more about our work at studentpirgs.org.