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|Students from State University Of New York at Old Westbury Win Top Prize in Sixth Annual “Up To Us” National Campus Competition|
|In a crowded field of more than 100 collegiate teams nationwide, the SUNY at Old Westbury team won with a creative campaign to engage and activate their peers on nation’s $21 trillion debt|
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Up to Us, the nationwide, non-partisan campus-based initiative that mobilizes young people to promote fiscal sustainability, announced that the student team from State University of New York (SUNY) at Old Westbury won the sixth annual Campus Competition.
As the winners, campus leaders representing the SUNY at Old Westbury team will be recognized on stage at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s annual Fiscal Summitin Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 10.
In addition, the team will receive a $10,000 cash prize and meet with legislators on Capitol Hill to share their concerns about America’s looming fiscal challenges. Representatives from each of the top 20 finalist teams will also join the winners in Washington.
“With more than 100 energetic teams participating across the nation, the Up to Us Campus Competition leaves no doubt that America’s young people care passionately about the economy they will inherit,” said, Chairman, and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. “The winning team from SUNY at Old Westbury developed a creative and effective outreach campaign to engage their peers and raise awareness about the growing national debt. The leadership demonstrated by these young people is essential to building support for a sustainable fiscal future that supports economic growth and opportunity for the next generation.”
Alarmed by the $21 trillion national debt, the winning team from SUNY at Old Westbury, led by junior, developed and implemented an imaginative campaign demonstrating the detrimental impact of the current fiscal trajectory. Rufrano and the team engaged hundreds of peers on campus by hosting trivia games that tested attendees’ knowledge of the debt and economic issues. They created an interactive walkway – “Debt Boulevard” – that stretched across campus and helped students learn the facts about fiscal policy with each step. In addition to the on-campus installation, the team organized a bipartisan debate between local elected officials, and a lecture series featuring distinguished professors.
The finalists and winner of the 2017-2018 Campus Competition were determined by a panel of esteemed judges from public policy and civic organizations including, Founder, and CEO of Civic Dinners and Aha! Strategy; , Director of Fiscal Policy at the American Action Forum; , Founder and President of the Millennial Action Project (MAP); , an alumna of Up to Us and winner of the 2015-2016 Campus Competition, and; , Director of The Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Funding America’s Future and an alumnus of Up to Us. In addition to SUNY at Old Westbury, the complete list of 2017-2018 Campus Competition finalists include:
|University of Delaware|
|University of South Florida|
|University of Tampa|
|University of Wisconsin|
To learn more about the 2017-2018 teams or about how to get involved in the movement, visit www.itsuptous.org.
About Up to Us
Up to Us is a movement of a generation, for a generation that lets policymakers know that as those with the most at stake, millennials are committed to addressing America’s fiscal challenges. Over the last five years Up to Us has created a groundswell of student activities who’ve engaged and empowered than 100,000 people towards a more prosperous fiscal future. Created in partnership with the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Net Impact, and Clinton Global Initiative University, Up to Us provides the opportunity for students to build a movement to raise awareness and engagement on America’s long-term fiscal challenge, and hosts an annual competition that takes place on college campuses nationwide.