Dear Friends and Supporters:
As someone who signed the petition in favor of H.R. 4170, The Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012, you've already signaled your support of bold, unique and novel ways to rebuild our economy for the 21st Century. You and I both know that there's no silver bullet for solving all of our economic problems and that accomplishing the goal of restoring the middle class will take a variety of approaches, which is why I'm writing to you today.
Our friends at OurTime.org, a DC-based advocacy group for younger Americans, have just unveiled a fantastic new initiative: "One Million New Jobs" - something I would hope that each and every one of the more than One Million people who signed the petition in favor of H.R. 4170 can support.
With 5 applicants for every job opening, and millions more younger Americans graduating into the workforce this month, the One Million New Jobs initiative is a desperately needed solution to the ever-growing problem of youth unemployment. The concept is pretty simple: through AmericaCorps, let's put one million younger Americans to work in areas such as teaching, nursing, park restoration and infrastructure repairs.
Some of you may be wondering why you should support an initiative that is only geared towards younger Americans. The most honest and straightforward answer I can give you is: the more jobs that are created and the more people put to work, the faster our economy will grow for everybody. While you may not directly benefit from this initiative, you can certainly appreciate the terrible toll that student loan debt can take on the quality of one's life. With only half of recent graduates able to find work, this initiative will help ease the burden on the next generation by providing them with a paycheck, on-the-job training in sorely underserved areas, and security in knowing that their fellow Americans want them to succeed.
Several well-known celebrities, such as Larry David, Usher, Jessica Alba and others have already gotten behind this cause, and I am personally very excited to see this plan come to fruition.
Therefore, please help me in supporting our friends at OurTime.org by signing their petition to President Obama and Governor Romney, encouraging them to support this much-needed push for One Million New Jobs.
Thank you, as always, for your continued support. Now, let's lend a hand to America's youth by helping to put them to work as soon as possible.
I am a former registered Nursing student, I had the perkins,stafford and Direct loans. Everything was going great in my third semester of RN school about to enter my 4th semester. Unfortunately, I was involved in a very abusive relatonship with a man where things came to a head and ended my education forcing me to leave school. I wasn't able to get a job and subsequently became homeless. That was over 8 years ago. Now, I am interested in returning back to school again and completing. But alas, the burden of student loan debt looms over my head and im afraid it just wont be possible for someone in my situation without a means of financial support. Was just wondering if anyone.. anyone at all may have some advise for me or is my boat just sunk.
Thank you for listening