November 9, 2023
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Leadership for a Stronger Fiscal Future: Up to Us in Action

In a world where fiscal responsibility and economic knowledge are vital, Up to Us stands as a beacon of hope. Up to Us is not just an initiative; it's a movement dedicated to building a sustainable economic and fiscal future for America's next generation. If you're a young reader and are passionate about shaping a brighter tomorrow, this blog post is your call to action. Join us as we explore how Up to Us empowers the leaders of today and tomorrow through its various programs and, most prominently, its upcoming Leadership Bootcamp.

The Up to Us Leadership Bootcamp

Imagine a place where young leaders gather to sharpen their skills, connect with like-minded peers, and gain a profound understanding of fiscal policy and community organizing. That place is the Up to Us Leadership Bootcamp. This two-day, all-expenses-paid workshop, held in the heart of Washington D.C., is a transformative experience that equips you with the tools to make a real impact on campus and in your community.

Key Objectives and Goals of the Bootcamp

The Up to Us Leadership Bootcamp has a clear mission: to nurture the leaders of tomorrow who will drive change in fiscal policy, social justice, voter advocacy, and more. During this intensive program, participants immerse themselves in:

  • Skill-building: Develop essential leadership and advocacy skills.
  • Fiscal knowledge: Gain a deeper understanding of economic and fiscal policies and their implications across local, state, and federal levels. 
  • Networking: Connect with passionate college students from all corners of the country.
  • Actionable learning: Learn how to organize and lead activities in your community.

"The Up to Us Leadership Bootcamp serves as a powerful opportunity for students driven to make a lasting impact within their communities. It's a transformative experience to learn about  US fiscal policy and civic engagement, igniting the flames of motivation and arming students with the tools and know-how to champion and take action on issues that you care about,” says Associate Director of Up to Us, Monica Rodrigues.

Testimonials from Past Bootcamp Participants

The first Up to Us Bootcamp was held in February of 2023 and was a roaring success. Here’s what past participants had to say:

The 2023 Leadership Bootcamp was such a transformative experience that motivated me to utilize my passion and put it into action! I feel very inspired to inform people about how the national debt is an issue of all issues and to take action to create better economic opportunities for us all,” one Up to Us Bootcamp participant said. 

Another reflected, “Up to Us has given us tools to take on the world, and because of these workshops, I can proudly say that I am prepared to “do well by doing good” things in my community!” 

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Shaping Future Leaders through Campus Competitions

The Up to Us Campus Competition is another avenue through which we mold future leaders. This national competition challenges college students to raise awareness about America's fiscal challenges and engage their peers in constructive dialogue.

How the Competition Fosters Fiscal Responsibility and Leadership

Participants in the Campus Competition become ambassadors for fiscal responsibility. They organize events, engage with their peers, and take on leadership roles to address complex fiscal issues. This experience enhances their understanding of economics while honing their leadership skills.

Success Stories and Impact of the Campus Competition

The impact of the Campus Competition is undeniable. Not only do deserving participants win fabulous prizes, but they also set out to nurture a sense of purpose and responsibility. They become advocates for fiscal responsibility, sparking discussions on campus and driving positive change. Their stories inspire others to join the movement.

Expanding the Horizons: Other Up to Us Programs

Up to Us doesn't stop at the Bootcamp and Campus Competition. We offer a range of programs and initiatives that contribute to the development of our Up to Us alumni community. All alumni are eligible to apply to our suite of opportunities including:

  • Harvard Business School Online Scholarships 
  • $5,000 Civic Engagement Scholarship for low-wage or unpaid internships that align with the Up to Us mission 
  • A paid internship opportunity with the Bipartisan Policy Center!
  • Additionally, program participants get the chance to join our broad alumni community and exclusive networking opportunities.

Impactful Leadership for a Stronger Fiscal Future

Up to Us initiatives don't exist in isolation; they create a ripple effect that strengthens our nation's fiscal future. By nurturing fiscal leaders on campuses and in communities, Up to Us is driving positive change. Graduates of Up to Us programs are making a difference in various ways, from driving civic engagement in their communities or working in public service themselves. 

For example, 2021 Civic Engagement Fellow Deja Daniel interned on Capitol Hill for the Office of U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA), helping serve his Georgia constituents. Deja supported the constituent’s requests regarding housing, passports, immigration, and unemployment cases. Hear more about Deja’s experience here

Julia Brandenstein, a 2022 Civic Engagement Fellow, interned at Stony Brook University's Center for Civic Justice, an organization dedicated to supporting students to become active participants in the democratic process. In her Fellowship, she developed a program called Democracy 101, which used peer-to-peer learning to teach students the basics of civic engagement. Through the program, the students learned who their local officials are, the responsibilities of different elected officials within various parts of the governmental body, how to contact these officials, and ways to stay civically engaged outside of the campus.

Empowering Change for a Stronger Fiscal Future

Up to Us is a movement that empowers young leaders to shape a better fiscal future for all of us. The importance of fiscal leadership cannot be overstated, and Up to Us provides the tools and opportunities for you to step into that role.

Be a part of a community that's not just talking about change but actively driving it. Sign up for our programs to become a catalyst for fiscal responsibility and economic empowerment. Together, we can create a brighter and stronger fiscal future for America.

In the journey towards fiscal leadership, remember, it's Up to Us to make a difference.

Join us at the Up to Us Leadership Bootcamp and embark on a transformative journey toward becoming a fiscal leader who can shape a brighter future for our nation.