The Public Service Project: A Renewed Confidence in Millennials

The United States has a problem. Well, the country has a lot of problems, but I would like to focus on one in particular: our citizens’ voices are not being heard in the ways that they should be at the most fundamental level of government. Voting is broken–and government has broken it. From the local level to the highest branches of government, our states’ redistricting laws have–in effect–rigged elections to the point that voters do not have the strongest voice in choosing their representatives.

Millennial Must-Read: New Frontier Awards Offer Inspiration


Authored by Jacob Morello '15.
I had the privilege of attending the 2014 New Frontier Awards on Wednesday at the JFK Presidential Library in South Boston, and left inspired and invigorated. Each year, the JFK Library and the Institute of Politics partner to honor two young public servants under the age of 40—one elected, and one involved in community service and advocacy work. This year’s winners were Svante Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca, NY and Nina Dudnik, Founder and CEO of Seedling Labs. Both have made tremendous contributions to the world, and their stories were empowering for myself and the other undergraduates present at the reception and dinner.

The Public Service Project: Engaging Students at the University of Rochester

After returning from the National Campaign Conference, my fellow ambassador, Rachel Goldberg, and I met with the Committee for Political Engagement (CPE) and discussed our plans to engage students at the University of Rochester based on what we had learned at the conference. During this time, we focused on how to make politics more relatable to students on campus and on showing students that politics have an impact on their daily lives. Through inspiration from Rock the Vote’s recent TurnOutForWhat music video, we decided that we needed to show students how the issues they care about connect to politics. With the support of the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, we created a photo campaign.

The Public Service Project: The Problem with Redistricting Reform: Where do we start?

The United States has a problem. Well, the country has a lot of problems, but I would like to focus on one in particular: our citizens’ voices are not being heard in the ways that they should be at the most fundamental level of government. Voting is broken–and government has broken it. From the local level to the highest branches of government, our states’ redistricting laws have–in effect–rigged elections to the point that voters do not have the strongest voice in choosing their representatives.

Public Service Project: University of Virginia students help make voting more convenient on campus

Scheduling, routine and habit are a college student’s best friend when finding a way to put together the hectic flurry of events and responsibilities that come and go from day to day. In order to keep track of different classes, meetings, and assignments, we create habits, forming a routine with the intent of making our lives easier and less chaotic.

Millennial Must-Read: Attending the First-Ever Harvard Public Service Recruiting Day


Authored by Ross Svenson '15.
Harvard Public Service Recruiting Day this fall. My peers and I were so grateful that the Institute of Politics, the Dean for Public Service at Harvard College, the Center for Public Interest Careers, and the Office of Career Services collaborated to make this day a reality, and I could not have envisioned it going better.

Public Service Project: Allegheny College celebrates “The Year of Voting Rights.”

Allegheny College was thrilled to participate in the IOP’s Bipartisan Advocacy conference in September. As a small, liberal arts school in rural Pennsylvania, my fellow representative and I were extremely fortunate to have been surrounded by so many other student activists from schools of all shapes and sizes. Being among such an excited and engaged group was inspiring to me and inspired me to carry out our Voting Rights project at Allegheny to the best of my ability.

Public Service Project: University of Texas hosts Bi-partisan Voter Education Fair

The Harvard National Campaign Conference humanized discussion regarding the issue of political polarization by inviting speakers with experience “finding common ground” between those of disparate interests. After learning from the personal narratives and technical knowledge of these practitioners of effective communication, I realized that the difficulties of addressing the institutional barriers preventing compromise did not impede my ability to foster better personal relationships amongst the ideologically opposed student organizations at the University of Texas at Austin.

Millennial Must-Read: Women SPEAK: Advocating for girls’ health and empowerment

Authored by Women's Policy Group Founder Bernadette Lim '16. This summer, I met Kathleen, a high school senior who has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. I would have never guessed Kathleen’s medical condition with her exuberant and friendly personality, yet the hardships of her medical condition soon came to reality. Together, we talked about her experiences with bullying throughout high school and the difficulty of feeling included and accepted among her peers. Yet, fast forward two months later after attending the inaugural Women SPEAK Leadership Summit this past July, she eagerly came up to talk to me about her day. “By being part of Women SPEAK, I’ve realized that I am more than my struggle,” she told me. “I may be small, but my voice is big!”

Mayor of Ithaca, NY and CEO of Boston-Based Seeding Labs to Receive 2014 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards

Svante Myrick, the pioneering Mayor of Ithaca, NY, and Nina Dudnik, Founder and CEO of Seeding Labs, an innovative nonprofit that empowers talented scientists in developing countries to conduct life-changing research, have been named this year’s recipients of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards. The awards will be presented by Jack Schlossberg, John F. Kennedy’s grandson and a member of the New Frontier Award Committee, on December 10, 2014 during a private ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

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