Generation Progress

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Generation Progress
Formation 2005
Headquarters Washington, D.C
Methods Activism, journalism, policy research and advocacy
Parent organization
Center for American Progress
Slogan "Generation Progress educates, engages, & mobilizes a new generation of young progressives"
Mission "To promote progressive solutions to key political and social challenges"[1]
Formerly called
Campus Progress

Generation Progress, launched as Campus Progress in February 2005 and renamed Generation Progress in July 2013,[2] is an American non-profit organization that promotes progressive political and social policy through support for student activists and journalists on college campuses in the United States. Generation Progress is the youth engagement arm of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress.[3]


Generation Progress has programs in journalism, activism and events. Generation Progress works on national issue campaigns, including student debt and access to higher education,[4] the Iraq war, climate change, affirmative action, and academic freedom.

Generation Progress lobbies Congress and state governments, produces media content, and conducts trainings. On some campaigns, Generation Progress works in coalition with other organizations including the United States Students Association, Student PIRGs, Energy Action Coalition, USAction, MoveOn, American Federation of Teachers, and other advocacy organizations.[citation needed]

Generation Progress provides action grants to young activists engaging in campaigns on a variety of issues. Action grants include financial support, advice, support, and training. Some trainings focus on teaching young people how to communicate in the media. Action grants have addressed a range of issues including LGBT rights, climate change, Sudan divestment, living wages, fair trade, and the death penalty.

Generation Progress has also organized alternative spring breaks. In 2008, those programs addressed climate change, the death penalty, and the war in Iraq.[5]

Generation Progress events have included discussions on HIV/AIDS, academic freedom, the war in Iraq,[6] and climate change.

Generation Progress held it first annual national conference in Washington D.C. on July 13, 2005, that featured President Bill Clinton and Rep. John Lewis.[7][8]

The group's second national conference, held on July 12, 2006, featured Senator Barack Obama, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, Samantha Power, Majora Carter, Rev. James Forbes, and rapper Fat Joe.[9] The third national conference was held on June 26, 2007, and featured Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Russ Feingold, Rep. Keith Ellison, Sen. Tom Daschle, Ralph Nader, and Seymour Hersh.[10] The fourth annual national conference was held July 8, 2008, with remarks by former Senator John Edwards, Rep. Linda Sanchez, musicians Ted Leo and M1, and actor Ryan Gosling. The fifth annual conference, on July 8, 2009, featured President Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Van Jones, John Oliver, and Joel Madden from Good Charlotte.

From its founding in 2004 until January 2012, Generation Progress was led by David Halperin,[11] former White House speechwriter to President Clinton.

A partner organization of Generation Progress, Generation Progress Action, engages in advocacy, coalition, and media work on a variety of policy issues; engages in grassroots issue campaigns; and trains young people in media, policy, writing, and grassroots organizing.

In a video for Michelle Malkin's Hot Air in 2008, Jason Mattera of Young America's Foundation criticized Generation Progress for their fundraising tactics and questioned their relevance to young voters, criticism that Generation Progress addressed via their own taped response.


  1. ^ "Who We Are & What We Do". Generation Progress. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Glueck, Katie (July 15, 2013). "Center for American Progress to unveil ‘Generation Progress’". Politico. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Rucker, Philip (June 19, 2014). "Sen. Elizabeth Warren to headline summit of young progressives". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Stratford, Michael (March 7, 2014). "Progressive Push on Debt". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Castaneda, Adrian (March 23, 2008). "Alternative Spring Break". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Ferrara, Leigh (March 14, 2007). "Center for American Progress' Campus Progress Launches New Iraq Campaign and Film Project". Mother Jones. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Faler, Brian (July 14, 2005). "Clinton and Other Democratic Leaders Urge Young Liberals to Get Involved". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Graham-Felsen, Sam (July 19, 2005). "Generation Next". The Nation. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Powers, Elia (July 13, 2006). "Organizing the Campus Left". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Matthews, Ashley (June 29, 2007). "Pelosi Draws Cheers at Conference of Liberal College Students". Kansas City Infozine. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "David Halperin". Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Harvard University. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 

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