At the beginning of March, the Young Entrepreneur Council launched their #FixYoungAmerica campaign. Hoping to stem youth unemployment and underemployment, the project’s already raised over $38,000 and is now looking for the support of Stephen Colbert. Do you think one million college students will get his attention?
The YEC is teaming up with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars on Thursday, April 19th at 2 p.m. to get students rallying. On 300 campuses nationwide, including MIT, Boston University and Brandeis, students will be spreading the #FixYoungAmerica message, all while taking part in a social media campaign to lure the Colbert Nation into the cause.
“The #FixYoungAmerica movement aims to shed light on the solutions that can help solve youth unemployment, get our young people back to work, and get these solutions into the hands of every leader and decision maker in America so we can hold them accountable,” said YEC founder Scott Gerber in a press release. “With this rally, we hope that we will be able to recruit the great American hero, Stephen Colbert, to our cause. With his help, we believe we can get our leaders to both take notice and act, and give our nation’s students and recent graduates a much-needed ‘Colbert Bump.’”
Twenty-three percent of 16-19 year olds, 13 percent of 20-24 year olds and nine percent of 25-34 year olds are jobless, as of January 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The #FixYoungAmerica campaign intends on implementing a plan of action in every area of entrepreneurship to help solve the un- and underemployment crisis, and mtvU has started spreading the word. Will Stephen Colbert?
Here’s a different look at the #FixYoungAmerica campaign, courtesy of InfographicWorld.