Cal State Long Beach is one of 49 colleges nationwide participating Thursday in a first-of-its-kind campaign to raise awareness about America’s fiscal and economic future.
The student-led campaign, called My Two Cents Day, is part of the Up to Us campaign and is sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and Net Impact.
The goal of the campaign is for students to inspire action among their peers toward combatting a negative fiscal and economic health, according to a statement from Up to Us.
“The millennial generation has the most at stake in building a vibrant, thriving economy of the future,” said Michael Peterson, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, in a statement. “And they have the most to lose if we do not address our long-term national debt to provide a solid fiscal foundation for the future. Today, thousands of college students on 49 college campuses are uniting as one voice to send a message about why we need to put our nation on a sustainable long-term fiscal and economic path.”
My Two Cents Day participants are currently working on their campuses to engage students through educational promotions like photo and video booths; graffiti walls so students can write their “two cents”; and educational content on fiscal issues. They are also collecting signatures for the My Two Cents Day Pledge on Facebook.
At the end of the Up to Us campaign, which ends February 20, each team will be evaluated by a panel of judges on their effectiveness in raising awareness and inspiring action on their campuses and beyond. The winning team will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize and be recognized by former President Bill Clinton next month at the upcoming 2015 CGI U meeting at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
The winning team will also win a trip to the Net Impact Conference in November.
The judges for the event are Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation; Ben Rattray, Founder and CEO of Change.org; the Honorable Joaquin Castro, United States House of Representatives (TX-20); the Honorable Mick Cornett, Mayor of Oklahoma City; and George Stephanopoulos, anchor of ABC’s “This Week” and “Good Morning America.”
For more information about the campaign and a complete list of participating schools, click here.