In November of 2016, three high school students in New York City came together with one goal in mind: connect young people with local government. Chris Stauffer, Eli Frankel, and Max Shatan met with Assemblyman Robert Carroll to discuss an innovative new bill: lower the state voting age and make civic education and engagement accessible for all. The three students drafted the Young Voter Act and in March of 2017, bill A6839 was submitted to the elections committee of the New York State Assembly. The founders spread word and students from all around the city came together to create the Youth Progressive Policy Group, or YPPG. The group began hosting events to discuss the bill, initiating letter-writing campaigns, and rallying with local elected officials. They have held multiple lobby days, bringing students from all over the state to Albany to discuss the Young Voter Act with lawmakers.
The original members of the leadership team have since graduated high school, but the organization they left behind grows stronger everyday. YPPG continues to advocate for the Young Voter Act and pushes to increase young peoples' participation in elections. Believing that environmental destruction is one of the most urgent issue affecting youths, the group has also started to advocate for the Climate and Community Protection Act, legislation that pushes for a just transition to renewable energy. YPPG has a unique perspective on these issues as it always was and always will be composed and run entirely by high school students.