Student Empowerment Conference

On March 19, NYPIRG held its Spring Student Empowerment Conference. The conference featured panel discussions with elected officials, student leaders and advocates from across New York State. Watch excerpts from the day, including a discussion on the impact of the most recent federal COVID stimulus package on New York by featured guest speaker, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

NYPIRG's Student Guide to Ranked Choice Voting

Special and primary elections in NYC are using a new way to vote, called Ranked Choice Voting. Know before you go! Check out our guide for NYC voters to learn about Ranked Choice Voting.

Events & Activities

For information about additional events and activities happening at your school, contact your local NYPIRG Chapter.

Varies

NYPIRG is excited to co-sponsor CUNY Disability Awareness Month. Join us, CCSD and others for a series of events all month. For a full list of events, RSVP information, and more visit the CUNY website by clicking here

Virtual

Join NYPIRG issue staff and students from accross the state, for weekly virtual student leader meetings. In these meetings, students get to take the lead on issues they care about.

To RSVP please reach out to your local chapter, or email us at Ofilakouris@nypirg.org 

 

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This Tuesday we’ll be hosting another Q&A in our Ask An Expert series: this week exploring how public transit fits into the fight for a clean energy future! We’re hosting Tasfia Nayem, Senior Policy Advisor for the NYC Mayor's Office of Climate Policy and Programs, and we’re eager to discuss the impact of cars on our environment, the ways policymakers can improve transportation sustainably, and answer all of your transportation-related questions. You don’t want to miss it!

Submit your questions and RSVP by clicking here

6:00 PM
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Join NYPIRG and nonprofit and mutual aid leaders from accross the state for a deep-dive into the state of poverty in NY. RSVP by clicking here

COVID-19 Vaccination

The nation has begun an unprecedented vaccination campaign to protect Americans from COVID-19. The Biden Administration has promised to vaccinate 100 million Americans in its first 100 days in office. As with any other important health issue, it is important to get the facts from scientific resources. NYPIRG has partnered with “Let’s Get Immunized New York” to educate the state on this important issue.

  • If you want to know about the state’s COVID vaccination program, you can access it here.
  • If you want to find a vaccination location, you can access that information here.
  • If you want background information on vaccines generally, you can get it here. And in Spanish here.

Of course, there are other important sources of information, but what is most important is that we all act. It is only through sustained civic action that this pandemic can be stopped. We must all do our part. Thank you and please be safe.

Make Polluters Pay Event

On October 15, 2020, NYPIRG and our partners, NYRenews and NY Youth Climate Leaders, held a very special Zoom event with New York Attorney General Letitia James. Student leaders, climate advocacy partners, and our keynote speaker discussed how to #MakePollutersPay for the environmental and climate destruction that they have caused. This digital assembly of the people, viewed online by over 200 virtual attendees, offered participants the opportunity to learn how we can hold corporate polluters responsible for their actions — through the legal system, through policy, and through organizing. As New York looks to clean up this pollution, protect natural resources, and combat climate change, it should be polluters footing the bill. To learn more, or to get involved, please sign up for updates from your campus NYPIRG chapter. Thank you!

NYPIRG Student Profile

Deja Johnson, BMCC

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I’m currently a student at BMCC, where my graduation has been delayed due to the same issues that face thousands of students and people in New York City. When I first started getting involved with NYPIRG, I was an intern for the Consumer Protection campaign; now, I volunteer for all of the campaigns. I’m most concerned about higher education affordability and housing and food security.

I’ve noticed that since the pandemic started, it’s harder for students in need to have reliable access to the equipment and technology required for learning in a virtual environment. Even with financial aid, students struggle with balancing the additional costs of getting an education-- like buying books, computers, and transportation. Funding for higher education shouldn’t be controversial, it should be understood as a means of protecting and assisting people often left behind. Working on the Hunger and Homelessness campaign, I gained experience speaking to others, working with a team, and built great memories collecting goods for local shelters. Lots of students, myself included have to think about how to survive in such uncertain times. How can I prepare for the short-term? How can I maintain a survivable housing situation during the pandemic?

Even though I work while attending school, the costs are still too much to balance. That’s why I got involved with NYPIRG in the first place. I wanted to give myself, and others like me, a voice and provide direct assistance to those in need. No matter how bad things seem to be, always remember “keep on keeping on, things will get better.” In the future, I hope I can write short stories for NYPIRG and I hope to one day own my own business.

NYPIRG's Higher Education Storybank

A college degree is a near-requisite for competing in today's job market. Yet, over the past 11 years, funding for higher education has flatlined, tuition has skyrocketed, and financial aid and opportunity programs which serve New York’s most at-risk students remain under-resourced year after year. Mounting costs are not reserved to tuition: Textbooks, transportation, housing, childcare, and food expenses can also be significant barriers to a college degree.

This is the reality New York college students face. Students are stepping up across the state to tell their stories through NYPIRG’s Higher Education Storybank project.

Click here to visit the storybank where you can read student stories. You can also filter the bank by school, students' NY Assembly or Senate districts, or by tagged keywords. Please share widely.

If you would like to speak with any of the students who participated in the project, please contact the corresponding NYPIRG chapter or email NYPIRG Program Director Megan Ahearn, mahearn@nypirg.org.