The NextGen Illinois project is an initiative of Young Invincibles and the Roosevelt Network, in collaboration with dozens of other Illinois organizations, designed to activate young people to shape a unique policy agenda for the state of Illinois.
Young adult voices are frequently overlooked in state-level political conversations, and the NextGen project aims to strengthen the youth voice by elevating shared political priorities. Over the six months leading up to the 2014 midterm elections, we worked to energize young people around state issues and asked them for solutions to some of the state’s biggest challenges. We focused on the issues that matter most to our generation, and through discussions and trainings have worked to equip our participants with the tools needed to create change within their own communities. On September 27, hundreds of NextGen Illinois participants came together at a state convention to vote on some of the best ideas that young people contributed throughout the process and created a cohesive 10-item agenda for Illinois.