For more than 40 years, NYPIRG has offered unique internship programs that provide college students with experiential learning and civic engagement opportunities. NYPIRG provides students with exceptional experiences that augment their classroom education by offering a full-time internship based in Albany, NY – the Donald K. Ross Future Leaders Program.
This program is named after NYPIRG’s first Executive Director, Donald. K. Ross. Donald teamed up with consumer advocate Ralph Nader to develop the idea that ultimately led to the establishment of Public Interest Research Groups across the nation. Their ideas, contained in the book "Action for a Change," which offered a blueprint for PIRGs. PIRGs have now spread across the nation with roughly half of the states. Donald moved on to become NYPIRG’s first director in 1973. He left a decade later and was involved in the creation of other civic organizations across the nation. His work of establishing organizations that offer young people the opportunity to influence public policy lives on through this program.
Where: Started at West 56th Street and Broadway in Manhattan, proceeded to the United Nations headquarters for a rally (full route information TBA)
NYPIRG marched to end fossil fuels!
With wildfire smoke choking the air that we breathe, hurricanes and floods threatening our homes, and toxic pollution making us sick, it has never been more urgent to end our dependence on the leading cause of these crises – fossil fuels.
In New York this September, the United Nations gathered world leaders for a first-of-its-kind Climate Ambition Summit to demand that nations stop developing new oil, gas, and coal projects and phase out fossil fuels once and for all. With his recent approvals for mega-polluting fossil fuel projects, President Biden must immediately reverse course to earn his seat at the table. But it will take all of us acting together to make sure that he does!