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Up to Us Year 7 Launches with Thousands of Students on 400 Campuses Nationwide
[November 08, 2018]

Up to Us Year 7 Launches with Thousands of Students on 400 Campuses Nationwide

At time when young people are more energized than ever in national policy and activism, students on more than 400 college campuses across the country are joining Up to Us to mobilize their peers and engage federal policymakers on the dangers of America's $21.5 trillion and growing national debt. Up to Us, now in its 7th year, is the only national, non-partisan campus-based initiative that galvanizes young people on fiscal sustainability and economic issues.

"Students across America are joining this growing movement because they understand the national debt directly affects their own future," said Peter G. Peterson Foundation CEO Michael Peterson. "Year after year, lawmakers continue to ignore our rapidly rising debt - and young people know they will get stuck with the bill. That's why student leaders on campuses across the country are making their voices heard and taking greater responsibility for their economic future."

Launched in 2012 by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and Net Impact, Up to Us expanded to all 50 states and has engaged more than 230,000 people to raise awareness on the national debt.

In this year's program, students will host various events to elevate the voices of young Americans and rally their peers to sign the Up to Us Pledge, emphasizing the essential role young people play in building a strong fiscal and economic future. Additionally, today, November 8, students are taking part in My Two Cents Day (#MTCD) by expressing their "two cents" on America's fiscal trajectory on social media and in person to spark a national conversation on the dangerous impact of the national debt.

In addition, students on more than 125 campuses will enter into a special competition to develop non-partisan, multi-week campaigns that inspire and motivate their peers in support of fiscal sustainability. Teams from the following schools will take part in the Up to Us campus competition beginning this fall, with an additional slate of teams competing in the winter:

Arizona State University

Oakland Community College

Babson College

Oakland University

Barnard College, Columbia University

Oklahoma Christian University

Barry University

Otterbein University

Binghamton University

Pitzer College

Boston University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Bryn Mawr College

Rutgers University

Case Western Reserve University

San Francisco State University

Central Texas College

Schoolcraft College

Chapman University

Southwestern University

Claremont Graduate University

Stony Brook University

Clark Atlanta University

Temple University

Coahoma Community College

Texas A&M University

College of Charleston

The Ohio State University

Drew University

Tuskegee University

Eastern Florida State College - Cocoa Campus

University of Alabama, Birmingham

Eastern Michigan University

University of Alaska Anchorage

Florida State University

University of Albany, State University of New York

Fordham University

University of Baltimore

George Washington University

University of California, Davis

Georgia State University

University of California, Los Angeles

Harper College

University of California, Santa Barbara

Hobart and William Smith University

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Houston Community College

University of Illinois at Chicago

Indiana University (News - Alert) of Pennsylvania

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

James Madison University

University of Notre Dame

Jarvis Christian College

University of Pennsylvania

Johns Hopkins University

University of Pittsburgh

Kennesaw State University

University of South Florida

Lone Star College-Tomball

University of Southern Indiana

Lone Star College-CyFair

University of St. Thomas- Houston

Los Angeles Pierce College

University of the District of Columbia

Marshall University

University of Virginia

Mesa Community College

University of West Georgia

Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Mount Mary University

Worcester State University

Northeastern University (News - Alert)


Teams participating in the 2018-2019 Up to Us campus competition will be evaluated by a panel of judges who are experts in academia, policy, and civic impact. The winning teams with the most effective and visible campaigns will receive a cash prize, recognition at national conferences, and the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congressional leaders, giving them the opportunity to have the voices of young Americans heard by policymakers.

For more information on how to get involved in the Up to Us movement, participate in the campus competition, or host an event, visit the Get Involved section of the Up to Us website.

About Up to Us

Up to Us is a movement of a generation, for a generation that lets policymakers know that young Americans are committed to addressing the nation's fiscal challenges. Since 2012, Up to Us has created a groundswell of student leaders who've engaged and empowered more than 230,000 of their peers towards a more prosperous fiscal future. Created in partnership with the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and Net Impact, Up to Us provides the opportunity for students to build a movement to raise awareness and engagement on America's fiscal challenges, and hosts an annual competition that takes place on college campuses nationwide.

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