With every passing year, the divide between the needs of young people and the policies of our government grow
deeper. Youth and students are organizing to increase money for education, for peace, for environmental justice, for a just immigration policy, for quality healthcare and for worker’s rights. At the same time, our government has pursued policies that have de-funded our schools, lead us to war, polluted our environment, scapegoated and attacked
undocumented workers, crippled our healthcare system, lowered wages and have made it extremely difficult for
workers to join a union.

We believe, now more than ever, that it is time to demand the policies of our government change. By uniting under a
common agenda youth and students across the country can collaborate and effectively exercise our political power.
In the wake of the 2006 mid-term election, one in which young people came out in record numbers to demand
change, we believe we need to come together to build on this political momentum. The current moment is critical for
active engagement on the issues impacting the daily lives of young people. We, as young people, from a variety of
organizations and diversity of backgrounds, have come together to respond to these policies comprehensively and
collectively, and together we will not rest until our agenda is met.