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New Groups Urging 'Lost Generation' To Get Political


HANOVERTON, OH - OCTOBER 31: Young supporters fill the bleachers behind Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (L) during a campaign rally in the gymnasium at United High School October 31, 2008 in Hanoverton, Ohio. With less than a week before the U.S. presidential election, McCain launched a two-day bus tour of the swing state of Ohio, where some polls show his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) leading by nine points. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Two nascent advocacy groups are urging young adults to become active in the political process to ensure their interests are represented by lawmakers.

Generation Opportunity and Our Time fear that 18-to-29 year olds, who were particularly impacted by the recession, will permanently become a "lost generation" if they do not lobby Congress to acknowledge and address the problems their demographic is facing. The new groups are taking advantage of social media to reach out to the so-called "millennials."

Generation Opportunity is working on a website that will include instructions on how to write letters-to-the-editor and be a guest on TV or radio shows so that young people can engage in their local markets. And Our Time has launched a satirical "Living at Home Sucks" online video series about the lack of opportunities for young people.

The groups have different philosophies -- Generation Opportunity believes in a smaller government while Our Time supports expanding programs like AmeriCorps -- but they both emphasize that millennials are neither lazy nor disengaged and must mobilize to force lawmakers to take up their causes. 

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