PRESS RELEASE: Generation Opportunity engages college audience

Washington, DC – (1/30/12)

Generation Opportunity, a rapidly growing organization with over two million Facebook fans that is mobilizing young adults across the nation through a strategy based on social media and ground operations, has conducted its latest grassroots tour through Florida to help mobilize the Sunshine State’s young adults.

This marks Generation Opportunity’s fourth trip to Florida in less than a year.

Previous trips included visits to areas around Tampa, Coral Gables, and Miami to listen to and sign-up young people concerned about how the poor economy and lack of jobs are limiting their ability to find work, gain critical skills, and pursue their dreams.

“Young adults in Florida are very open with their views about how the country is headed in the wrong direction and how the poor economy and lack of jobs have already had a negative impact on their dreams, plans, and careers.

In Florida, young adults are tired of having their lives put on hold because of the bad policies coming out of Washington and the lack of economic opportunity – they are eager for a change in the status quo in order to improve their daily lives,” said Paul T. Conway, President of Generation Opportunity and a former Chief of Staff of the United States Department of Labor.

“Young Floridians think elected officials in Washington are completely out of touch with the financial realities they deal with everyday. They know that having a rewarding job, a paycheck, and more economic opportunities give people a better chance to gain critical skills, pay off debts, and realize dreams than any election-year promise or federal program ever will.”

Field staff from Generation Opportunity conducted a tour of college campuses in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami areas, which included stops at Broward College, the University of Miami, Florida International University, and Nova Southeastern University.

In addition, the grassroots team engaged young people at a variety of public events including a Miami Heat game held at American Airlines Arena, the ING Miami Marathon, the Homestead

Championship Rodeo, and a parade in Homestead, Florida.
Based on conversations with young professionals, college students and other young adults they listened to and spoke with, the Generation Opportunity team found that young adults in Florida are most concerned with the poor economy and lack of jobs, the increasing level of federal spending, national debt, and issues that impact American competitiveness.

In 2011, Generation Opportunity joined nearly 1,500 Hispanic business leaders in Miami, Florida, as a participant in the 32nd Annual U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) National Convention and Business Expo, where young people also cited the lack of jobs and the mounting national debt as top concerns.
-Generation Opportunity,  a non-profit, non-partisan 501 (c)(4) organization that seeks to engage everyone from young adults, to early career professionals, college students, young mothers and fathers, construction workers, current service men and women, veterans, entrepreneurs, and all Americans who find themselves dissatisfied with the status quo and willing to create a better tomorrow.

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