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Announcing #YouthEarthWeek Leadership Awards winners

We received more than 100 applications for leadership awards for events last week. Every one of them was a pleasure to read and clearly made an impact in their communities. Among them, these five youth-led efforts were exceptional in their success in building community, educating students, and motivating them to action.

Reflecting on the last year of the pandemic

A year ago today, exactly one week after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic, the Student PIRGs team launched four new campaigns to contend with the emerging reality of the novel coronavirus. Here’s a look back on some of the highlights of our work.

How MASSPIRG Students and our partners teamed up to take on deceptive student loan practices

Some student loan servicers take advantage of borrowers through unfair, predatory and even illegal lending methods. It’s a problem MASSPIRG and our partners have been working to solve for years — and our efforts were rewarded this past January, when the Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights was passed by the Legislature and then signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker. Nearly 1 million student borrowers across the commonwealth now have the protections they deserve against deceptive lending practices.

Staying Safe during Spring Break

Spring is here! As the weather gets warmer, many of us may think back to a year when everything was normal and we could travel and have fun with our friends and family. Although this year is different, we can… Read more

It’s Time to Double Pell

Last week, hundreds of PIRG student leaders across the country advocated for affordable higher education, funding for students’ basic needs, and the support universities need to reopen safely.  Virtual DC Lobby Day 150 PIRG student leaders came to the Capitol… Read more

Harder, better, faster, stronger

Any successful modern movement that has changed our country for the better, from civil rights to environmentalism, has featured students and young people at its forefront. Today, that’s as true as ever. Despite a pandemic that forced millions of students… Read more

A Lifetime Polluted by Plastic

When I say the word “plastic” what immediately comes to your mind? Is it an image of the sea turtle and the straw? The bag you last used at a grocery store? A beach you know that’s coated in pollution?… Read more