Senate President Stan Rosenberg Appoints Sen. Eric Lesser to Launch Millennial Engagement Initiative
The Initiative aims to create a dialogue with millennials across the Commonwealth about the issues that matter most to them, including student debt, social media privacy and the new “gig economy.”
“Last year the Senate listened to the concerns of thousands of residents during our Commonwealth Conversations tour. This Initiative focuses on the concerns of millennials, who have important perspectives and ideas that deserve to be heard,” Senate President Rosenberg said. “Senator Lesser and I are passionate about making sure we’re out there, talking with young people and bringing their insights back to the Senate.”
“It’s important for us to learn more about what state government can do to promote policies that help engage millennials. Together, we can make progress on specific issues that most directly impact my generation,” said Sen. Lesser, who at age 30 is the youngest member of the Massachusetts Senate.
Senate President Rosenberg and Sen. Lesser will host the Initiative’s first event this Friday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m. with a roundtable at TechSpring, a healthcare innovation center located in Springfield’s downtown Innovation District. The roundtable will include a wide array of students and young professionals ranging in age from 16 to 35 who work in healthcare, education, technology and other fields.
“Young people are eager to make a difference, and ready to take a leadership role in our state. The purpose of this Initiative is to make sure their Senate is responsive and making the concerns of young people a priority,” Sen. Lesser said.
According to an October 2014 study by the White House Council of Economic Advisers, millennials accounted for over one-third of the U.S. population in 2013 and are the most diverse generation in the post-World War II era. In addition, 61 percent of millennials have attended college and rely more heavily on student loans than previous generations.
The Initiative plans to host a Twitter Q&A, a site visit to Facebook headquarters in Cambridge, and a bipartisan meeting with the College Democrats and College Republicans. Additional Initiative activities will be announced in the coming weeks.