Youth Action Conference

Jun. 15-16, 2009
Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-339
South Capitol St. & Independence Ave., Washington, District Of Columbia, 20002, United States

A sharp focus on policy.

With financial turmoil, the weight of a global recession, and an unprecedented push in government to overhaul America's healthcare system, the financial future of today's youth grows increasingly uncertain.  On Monday, 18 leaders from youth organizations around the country will gather in hearing chambers of the House of Representatives to discuss their role in today's economy, and state their stake in our fiscal future.  From the recession, to healthcare and social security reform, they'll consider the long-term implications of today's policy choices.

A definitive plan of action.

Understanding the dynamics of fiscal policy and politics is just the first step.  The subsequent challenge is to build consensus on these issues and to mobilize the public to advocate for their interests.  With frenzied media circuits and the diverse focuses of young adults, it can be a challenge to elucidate the importance of federal budget choices to individual Americans.  Tuesday's grassroots workshops are designed to bring together the most creative educational talent from organizations with an interest in fiscal responsibility, and to determine together the best practices in educating young adults on the federal fiscal issues that will determine their futures. The ultimate goal is to create a plan of action that organizations can use to educate and advocate for a sustainable federal budget.

On June 15th and 16th, The Concord Coalition is hosting a conference in conjunction with the Youth Entitlements Summit to highlight the grassroots efforts and policy perspectives of youth organizations in addressing America's long-term fiscal challenge. The Conference will feature in-depth policy discussions focused on economic and fiscal issues and their effect on the millennial generation, as well as highlighting the best ways for youth-oriented organizations to take action in order to educate and persuade their members and communities on the need to change the direction of current policy.

Monday, June 15th

  • 8:45–9:15AM Introduction by YES Honorary Co-Chairs Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and The Honorable James R Jones
  • 9:30–11:30AM Panel 1 – Generational Issues and the 2008-2009 Recession.
  • 11:30AM–1:00PM Networking break and Lunch
  • 1:00–3:00PM Panel 2 – Generational Issues and Health Reform.
  • 3:15–5:15PM Panel 3 – The YES Declaration One Year Later
  • 5:15–5:45PM Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Ranking Member, House Budget Committee

Tuesday, June 16th

  • 10:00-10:30 AM Introduction
  • 10:30-11:15 AM Workshops 1 - Tech Tools to Manage the Masses: Leveraging Technology
  • 11:15-12:00 PM Workshops 2 - Movers and Shakers: The People of Grassroots
  • 12:00-1:00PM Lunch
  • 1:00-2:30 PM Workshops 3 - Fiscal to You, Greek to Me: Communicating on National Issues
  • 2:30-2:45 PM Break
  • 2:45-4:15 PM Workshops 4 - Bake-Sales for The Budget?: Activating Volunteers
  • 4:15-4:30 PM Closing
  • 4:30 PM Travel to Hill (Senate Visitor's Center - 210/212)
  • 5:30 PM Dinner


The first day of the conference focused on policy discussions bringing expert panelists such as former Comptroller General David Walker, Congressman Spratt, Congressman Cooper and Congressman Ryan to address issues surrounding entitlements and fiscal responsibility. The Youth Entitlements Summit’s Board of Governors questioned the experts on generational issues, healthcare reform and the importance of promoting fiscal literacy. The second day of the conference centered on developing a grassroots plan of action for addressing our nation’s fiscal challenge. Working with experts such as former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies, representatives from youth organizations shared techniques for communicating fiscal issues to the millennial generation. Youth leaders discussed strategies for empowering volunteers and laid plans for collaboration among organizations.