We the Young People demand change to reach a better future because the American ideals have always aspired towards progress, liberty, and opportunity.


Political polarization is damaging to the health of American democracy. Our young people know nothing other than a weakening democracy unable to substantively address problems.

Our government is gridlocked and our citizenry is divided across party and cultural lines, prohibiting us from reaching substantive solutions on any issue facing our country.

Our future is in danger if we do not address the threats of climate change and our diminishing economic mobility, as well as mend our democracy which underpins our progress on all issues.


The Generation Roundtable is uniting Gen Z and Millennials to reclaim partisan issues as generational issues and demand constructive political engagement to address them.

Climate Change, diminishing Economic Mobility, and a weakening Democracy have all grown more intense within our lifetimes.

We the young people demand that bipartisan attention be paid to these issues and that solutions be developed in a way that works for every American and leaves no one behind, no matter their race, gender, economic status, or location.

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The Roundtable has brought together leading youth voices on the issues of climate change, economic mobility and democracy reform in a bipartisan coalition to reframe these issues through our shared values and aspirations instead of our differences.

As the most racially and ethnically diverse generations in American history, young Americans understand the intersections of identity and politics, and the need to find commonalities amid our differences in order to create change.

Issue Briefs

Click on each image below to read the statements of shared values and potential starting points prepared by bipartisan teams from the Steering Committee.


Climate change is happening— 97% of climate scientists across the globe and America’s young people across the aisle agree. The cleanliness of our air and our water, and the way we live our lives is at stake. We are responsible for the safety and security of our future, and we have to act with urgency to address a problem that can affect every aspect of society. But our political system has not addressed the threat of climate change.


Democracy’s weakening has exacerbated our country’s inability to contend with any problem. A functioning democracy requires both responsive institutions and an active citizenry. High levels of political polarization and a lack of common purpose is weakening our civic culture. But our political system has not addressed our democracy’s problems.


Economic mobility is diminishing. Millennials and Gen Z are projected to be the first generations to be worse off than our parents. Youth in minority communities, rural communities and countless other communities struggle to make ends meet. Our economic futures are not as bright as the American Dream has promised for centuries. But our political system has not addressed the lack of economic mobility.