At the Millennial Action Project (MAP), our vision is to create a political environment where bipartisan cooperation is restored as our nation’s governing paradigm and our elected leaders work more closely together to address the challenges we face as a generation and as a nation.
Defined by our diversity, technology, pragmatism, and collaborative attitude, millennials refuse to see the world in traditional ideological terms. As a result, this rising generation holds great promise to revitalize our nation’s politics with innovative approaches to policy and post-partisan leadership.
Our Founding Story
Over the past decade, the United States has descended into one of the most dysfunctional periods of our political history, with the highest level of polarization since the end of Reconstruction after the Civil War. In 2011, this dysfunction snowballed into nothing less than a national crisis, nearly forcing a national default and causing the first-ever downgrade of U.S. debt.
That same year, a small group of college students gathered near the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri. Even as they received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for public service, they were deeply concerned about the direction of the country they would inherit – but inspired by the potential for the next generation of American leaders to change course.
Over the next year, they formed a founding team to build a new organization dedicated to renewing American democracy. In collaboration with dozens of Millennial leaders across the country, and with the generous support of visionary philanthropists, the Millennial Action Project was formed and officially launched in 2013.
The Millennial Action Project has an audacious mission: re-establish political cooperation across parties and defeat the polarization and gridlock that is holding back our government and country. Our generation has a unique opportunity to forge a new path and lead our nation into the future, which is why MAP is committed to activating our nation's youngest generation of leaders and lawmakers.
What We Do
The Millennial Action Project works directly with our nation’s leading young policymakers on both a national and state level to spur bipartisan legislation and innovative policy solutions. As a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit dedicated to activating millennial policymakers, MAP gives our nation’s young leaders the resources and support to create, introduce, and pass legislation and forge productive partnerships on the issues affecting the youngest generation of Americans. Working in concert with lawmakers, MAP has advanced legislation on issues including entrepreneurship, technology, 21st century skills training, veterans' employment, immigration, volunteerism, and more – including the introduction of the first bipartisan legislation on social impact bonds.
MAP and its work have been featured in: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NBC’s Meet The Press, CNN, MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Ronan Farrow Daily, ABC News, USA Today, POLITICO, National Journal, The Hill, Roll Call, BuzzFeed, C-SPAN, Al Jazeera America, and more.
In 2013, MAP organized the nonpartisan Congressional Future Caucus with the millennial members of Congress to forge pragmatic cooperation on future-oriented challenges. The Congressional Future Caucus is America’s first and only bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress. The Future Caucus movement has spread into numerous state legislatures through the creation of the State Future Caucus Network, consisting of young, high-potential state legislators. The national Advisory Board includes Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., The Honorable Olympia Snowe, Ambassador Donald Gips, Governor Jennifer Granholm, Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton, and former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra.