Massachusetts Millennial Engagement Initiative Co-Chairs
2017 Millennial Engagement Initiative Report
In 2016, the Massachusetts Millennial Engagement Initiative hosted 11 roundtable discussions across the Commonwealth and engaged with millennials from all walks of life including region, gender, race, and class. Their voices form the core of the Senate’s Millennial Agenda.
This report focuses on those issues by presenting the greatest challenges for Millennials in Massachusetts—as told by participants in the tour — and proposing legislative solutions.
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).
State Sen. Ryan Fattman, and a handful of his State House colleagues, are among the youngest lawmakers on Beacon Hill.So when the 33-year-old Webster Republican found himself sitting next to state Sen. Eric Lesser, 32, D-Longmeadow, last year, a conversation about their generation soon put in motion an initiative: talk to fellow millennials and hear their concerns.
On Wednesday, the State Senate’s bipartisan group of millennial legislators unveiled the Senate’s report on its 2016 Millennial Engagement Initiative, sharing the priorities of millennial residents from across the Commonwealth.
A group of young senators who set out about a year ago to study the attitudes, interests, frustrations and aspirations of the so-called millennial generation has recommended formally establishing a legislative millennial caucus and creating a scorecard to gauge progress on issues important to young people.
The Massachusetts Millennial Engagment Initiative released a 44-page report looking at the priorities of millennials, the 20- and 30-somethings now beginning to take a major role in technology, government and industry.
The MA Senate 'Millennial' task force released a report Wednesday identifying the top issues for millennials. They made a potpourri of policy suggestions on topics such as affordable housing, transportation and student debt.
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 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.