The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and Net Impact announced “Up To Us”, an innovative, year-long campus competition that will engage students at colleges across the country in addressing America’s long-term fiscal and economic challenges. This initiative is the first of its kind, helping to empower a new generation of young Americans to reclaim their fiscal future.
Beginning in the fall of 2012, against the backdrop of the presidential election and an increasingly partisan atmosphere in Congress, student teams from college campuses across the country will develop campaigns to educate and engage their peers on America’s fiscal and economic issues. Teams from college campuses will submit applications, and twelve will be selected to compete in the year-long competition. Over the course of the 2012-13 academic year, each team will launch individual campaigns to raise awareness about fiscal sustainability, drawing connections to critical issues such as economic opportunity, budgetary choices, resources available for future investments, and other domestic and global concerns. The campaigns have the potential to activate tens of thousands of students, and the winning team with the most effective campaign will be recognized at next year’s CGI U conference.