What is the Roosevelt Institute, and what does it have to do with Boston?

The Roosevelt Institute desires to “carry forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by developing progressive ideas and bold leadership in the service of restoring America’s promise of opportunity for all”.

That’s a lot of buzzwords. So what does it mean, exactly?

The Institute is firmly rooted in the idea that government can indeed solve most of America’s challenges but that there is a serious barrier to being informed – such that both public officials and private citizens are guilty of spouting under-researched opinions. It is the goal of Roosevelt Institute to both recommend policy to leadership and increase engagement among young people. Individual chapters of Roosevelt Institute focus on issues and opportunities that are local to their members.

Since 2014, the Boston chapter of Roosevelt Institute has committed to creating opportunities for young people to learn about policy and policy solutions, meet with current leadership, and positively influence local communities. Their members constitute the grassroots voice of Millennials, and it is their goal to become a credible source for Millennial opinion on topics ranging from affordable housing to police militarization. By engaging political actors and empowering young people, Roosevelt @ Boston is well-positioned to pursue policy that benefits all who live in the greater Boston area.

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