Last week a friend of YFE, The Young Entrepreneurs Council, launched it’s latest campaign #FixYoungAmerica, advocating for entrepreneurship as a solution for the un-employment, under-employment, and student loan debt problems that faces our youth today.
Hear from the founder of The YEC, Scott Gerber below, or read his statement in Time Magazine titled “How Entrepreneurship Can Fix Young America.”
From policy ideas and educational programs, to private sector solutions and philanthropic activities, the #FixYoungAmerica initiative will provide politicians, educators, community leaders, executives, ordinary citizens and young people with best practices and tangible solutions — directly from the very leaders who have proven their effectiveness — that reveal how government, academia, nonprofits, the private sector and ordinary citizens we can ALL work together to spark an entrepreneurial revolution and rebuild the American dream for millions of young people.
The YEC has stated that the campaign’s goals include:
- Put a copy of the book into the hands of every politician, college president and applicable leader in America;
- Testify in a Congressional hearing about issues facing young entrepreneurs, and the solutions that can help them;
- Set up a round-table meeting to discuss #FYA solutions with President Obama and other government leaders;
- Rally support for our initiative and its goals from major U.S. corporations, celebrities and noteworthy entrepreneurs;
- Gain traction in the mainstream media for the solutions presented in order to generate greater awareness for the campaign;
- Raise enough funds to bring the campaign to the masses and deliver our message to decision makers across the United States;
- Get hundreds of additional proven solutions from individuals and organizations not included in the book or campaign, to further our objective to #FixYoungAmerica.
Last week I shared a story on the YFE Facebook Page of a group of women who banded together to create a source of income for themselves that has grown from being a small group of seamstresses creating goods for their local town, into a cooperative amongst forty women that export their garments through partnerships between large brands like Anthropologie and Nicole Miller. There are hundreds of similar stories where women have joined together to lift themselves out of poverty, which has in turn given back to their community in countless ways.
While our personal stories may differ, if you are here reading this, chances are you have the desire to take control over your own financial well being, you have something you are passionate about, or you want to help others. We are all very much alike in that way.
The big picture solution to the problems that young Americans face today is that we work together. We continue to collaborate in growing our businesses while not only encouraging others that have an interest in entrepreneurship to get started, but also in working to make it easier for them than it was for us.
Collaboration is just half of the battle. There needs to be someone that is leading the march, inspiring us all to work harder, smarter, faster while looking out for our peers along the way. The YEC is that leader; they are organizing the cooperative that will help us all succeed.
For “an entrepreneurial revolution” that will “rebuild the American dream for millions of young people” to take place we need to all contribute. My question to you then is, what solution to #fixyoungamerica are you bringing to the table?
Show up tomorrow night (Thursday, March 15th) at 6p/9e at http://on.fb.me/yfetv for a YFE live stream with guest, Ryan Paugh, the Chief Of Staff and Community Director for the YEC. He will be live answering questions you contribute over Facebook. Stay informed and be active in what is being done in our community.
Make sure you stick around after Ryan to hear from two women that recently graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and immediately founded their own company (get the scoop).