Massachusetts Millennial Engagement Initiative
Assemblyman Kevin Kiley and Senator Eric Lesser debunk one of the many faulty assumptions about the 2016 election: young Americans stayed in their dorm rooms rather than heading outside to vote.
Founder and President of MAP, Steven Olikara, visited Williams College and encouraged students to overcome the cynicism of contemporary politics and find ways to involve themselves in the political process.
State Sen. Eric Lesser, a Longmeadow Democrat who moderated the panel, said the lack of engagement in politics by members of his generation is alarming, particularly in state and local elections. At the same time, the level of civic participation and community service by young people is at an all-time high, Lesser said, suggesting millennials are engaged, but not with government.
The Massachusetts Millennial Engagement Initiative recently hosted a forum for local millennials, calling on a diverse cross-section of participants to share their policy perspectives and concerns moving past the election. Hosted by State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, the forum is one of a series of such events hosted around the state by members of the Millennial Engagement Initiative, such as co-chairs Sen. Eric Lesser (D) and Sen. Ryan Fattman (R).
The Massachusetts state Senate "Millennial Engagement Initiative" visited Holyoke Community College on April 11 to learn from students and young professionals about the topics and issues most important to the millennial generation.
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