Started by Brooklyn students looking to make a difference in the New York State political landscape, YPPG is a grassroots organization aspiring to engage young people in a dialogue with both local and statewide policymakers.
YPPG’s mission is simple. We aim to give the youth of New York and New Jersey a voice in our state’s political process, and we intend to make our voice heard. Currently, the needs of young people are not addressed in state legislatures acros the country simply because there are few organizations fighting for youth representation. By working with local assemblymen and state officials, YPPG plans to create real change in New York and New Jersey, beginning with voting reform. This reform is a critical step towards further youth representation in state government, and a crucial component of the progressive policy we hope to establish.
In order to be successful, however, we need your support! Please join our emailing list here to begin receiving updates on our latest activities, and to be notified of exciting opportunities for young people. Let’s get to work!
Register here to participate in our JUNE 13TH lobbying day in Albany. We will be lobbying for the Young Voter Act (A.6839/S.5646), which lowers the voting age to 17, incorporates civics into the high school curriculum, and encourages students to register to vote in their high school classes. After a hugely successful lobby day on May 9th, we will return to Albany to push the Young Voter Act through the New York State Assembly. If you are interested in seeing young people gain a voice in New York State, make sure to register here for our trip to Albany.
March has been a busy month for all of us at YPPG. We have officially introduced the 'Young Voter Act' to the state legislature, gained support from the act from local groups and bill cosponsors, and organized our first ever meeting of high school students from around the city.