Ninety-seven percent of the congressional staffers who were surveyed said that constituent visits to Washington D.C. had a positive influence over their bosses — even more than that of lobbyists and news editors.
We are thrilled that from June 11-12, Opportunity Nation will embark on our first Hill Day, rallying support around issues we believe will open doors of opportunity for young Americans. Two dozen Opportunity Leaders and Scholars representing 12 states will travel to the Capitol. They will meet with their elected officials, demonstrating their support for legislation such as the CAREER Act to improve workforce training, and the American Dream Accounts Act, which would create college savings accounts and provide financial advice to low-income students.
We will also tell elected officials about the great work happening in Florida by Opportunity Leaders and Scholars such as Michael Long, chairman of the Florida Student Association. Mike, 21, launched SailFuture, a nonprofit that matches young professionals with low-income youth who have spent time in the juvenile justice system, and together they learn to sail. He was named the “Youth Success of the Year” by Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice.
Not everyone can hop on a plane and meet with their senators and representatives. But we can all write personal emails and letters and make phone calls to elected officials — strategies that we know yield results. With so much at stake, making sure our voices are heard is more important than ever. Let’s not miss this opportunity.
Walker Moseley serves as a Diplomas Now program manager with City Year Miami. Mark Edwards is the executive director of Opportunity Nation, a nonprofit, bipartisan, national campaign to expand economic mobility in the United States.