Our November Update

PIRG students from across the country in Washington D.C. to celebrate the new EPA Youth Advisory Council

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.

Afterward, more than 50 participants attended our reception co-hosted by our partners at Relist Wolves and the League of Conservation Voters. PIRG students connected with EPA Youth Advisory Council members and other youth environmental leaders. During the action-packed trip, we also hosted training sessions for our student leaders to learn more about environmental opportunities at the federal level. Our students went home energized from the events and trainings–ready to make sure youth voices are heard in 2024.

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 PIRGs Political Director, Dan Xie, with Student PIRGs Alumni at the National Student Vote Summit. We’re proud that our alumni continue to be leaders in the youth voter engagement movement!

Left to Right: Sithara Menon, Students Learn, Students Vote Coalition; Arielle Mizrahi, Unify America; Caroline Smith, Andrew Goodman Foundation.

Student Leadership Retreats

In the SAME WEEK, we had leadership retreats coast to coast to prepare students for next year. Almost 100 students met in California and Connecticut to discuss their priority campaigns for the spring semester and attend trainings to prepare for 2024. Students learned valuable activist skills, and built connections with other activists in their regions.
Fall Student Leadership Retreat in Santa Barbara, CA
Northeast Student Leadership Retreat in Hartford, CT

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.

Florida PIRG students at Eckerd College ran their third annual Indie Flea Market. The Eckerd chapter’s efforts allowed the college to officially launch the Eckerd College Food Bank, the first food bank on the campus which is open 24/7 to all students, faculty, and staff.
ConnPIRG students at Trinity College organized a “Pie a Pi” fundraiser with the Trinity Homelessness Project and the Alpha Epsilon Pi and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternities to raise money for survival backpacks for middle and high school students.

About Us
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.