|Type||Non-profit, Youth activism|
|Center for American Progress|
Generation Progress is a youth-centered research and advocacy group that promotes progressive political and social policy through support for young people, students, and activists in the United States. Generation Progress is the youth engagement arm of the Center for American Progress.
Launched in 2005 as Campus Progress, in 2013 the organization was renamed Generation Progress in an effort to reach beyond college campuses and involve older, working-class, and non-college-bound young people, in progressive activism. Their main issue areas cover gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, progressive economics, and student debt.
Generation Progress has a sister organization, Generation Progress Action, that engages in political and electoral advocacy activities.
From the organization's founding in 2005 until 2012, Generation Progress was led by David Halperin, former White House speechwriter to President Bill Clinton. The current executive director of Generation Progress is Maggie Thompson.
Generation Progress has programs and networks across issue areas. The organization lobbies Congress and state governments, produces media content, and conducts trainings. Generation Progress has worked with Senator Elizabeth Warren in an attempt to curb rising student debt through a proposal which would lower interest rates and increase taxes.
The organization held it first annual national conference in Washington D.C. in July 2005. The event featured President Bill Clinton and Rep. John Lewis. Subsequent national conferences have featured Barack Obama, Tammy Baldwin, Samantha Power, Majora Carter, James A. Forbes, Nancy Pelosi, Russ Feingold, Keith Ellison, Tom Daschle, Ralph Nader, Seymour Hersh, and Fat Joe. The organization's events have been co-sponsored by Rock the Vote and the League of Women Voters.