Young People Can Teach Washington About Getting Things Done

The failure of Congress to contain student loan interest rates on July 1st is fair cause for pessimism among today's youth. Yet rather than losing faith, it helps to look to young leaders whose examples can show more "seasoned" politicians how to get positive things done in government. 
The Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers series, launched July 4, profiles young leaders age 16 to 24 who are working effectively with government officials to create positive policy change and to bring good ideas to their local communities. Entrants from around the country were nominated by friends, mentors and peers. Twenty-four of the most impactful young leaders were chosen by the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and SparkAction.
Aditi Ghai, for example, is working to improve young voter's perceptions of the Republican party and the American political system as a whole. Nick Troiano is leading a campaign to address the national debt and to increase bipartisanship in government. Jamira Burley is currently the youngest agency executive director for the City of Philadelphia, advising the mayor, city council and other key decision-makers on behalf of more than 600, 000 young people in Philadelphia.
Rather than getting bogged down in the political inertia that seems to have stultified many in Congresss, SparkAction's 24 Under 24 are moving forward, offering an important example that we should all follow.