INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Chris Chyung (D-Dyer) was among a select group of young lawmakers from across the country who participated in a three-day “Future Summit” earlier this month in Nashville, Tennessee, designed to discuss policy initiatives of interest to future generations.
Chyung took part in the Millennial Action Project’s (MAP) third annual “Future Summit,” an event that drew nearly 60 legislators to collaborate on innovative solutions to the issues that matter to the next generation and learn tactics to encourage more collaborative governing environments in their statehouses.
“More young people are gaining interest in serving their communities through elected office, and they share common concerns that groups like MAP can help develop into actual policies that benefit us all,” Chyung said. “In addition, we share a collective belief that partisan gridlock in governmental institutions must be broken in order to make progress. MAP enables Republicans and Democrats to come together to achieve those goals.”
The “Summit” enables young lawmakers to build relationships across state and party lines, empowers them to effectively work across the aisle, and connects them with innovative policy resources and ideas. Topics discussed during the conference included the student debt crisis, redistricting and the census, modernized voting, the future of work, and attracting and retaining young talent.
“I am finding that we share many of the same goals, and by sharing information, I am hopeful to use some of the things I learned at this summit as a basis for legislation in the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly,” Chyung said.