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Roosevelt | Thinks
A Guiding Philosophy that Unites Our Efforts
We aren't like any other student group; we aren't like any other think-tank. We are a network of young people learning about problems, working with stakeholders, and implementing our own ideas to promote progressive change in our communities.
Our overarching philosophy is Think Impact.
Franklin D. Roosevelt once said: "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have too much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."
It is in this same mindset that our students view the world around them, and it is with this perspective that our students view the most pressing social policy issues of the day. While we call ourselves a policy organization, our work is guided by a belief that our ideas belong in the political debate, and should be designed to make a concrete and positive impact in the lives of ordinary citizens.
We look to our local communities, and take into account the nuances of state and local politics - our students are encouraged to be problem-solvers, but ones that have open minds. As we strive to impact, we also design our ideas from the ground up whenever possible, and through our research and community outreach, we strive to create practical and well-informed solutions.
Through our trainings, conferences, workshops and policy proposals, we are building the next generation of progressive leaders. FDR also said: "we cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." Join our efforts, be part of the future.
Impact in the best form is about implementation. When the philosophy of impact guides the formation process of our policy ideas, especially on a state and local level, we find that our students truly have a greater ability to make these positive changes. The formation process involves a number of crucial steps that compliment the written ideas - outreach to community stakeholders, more intensive quantitative research, and the need to defend an idea under the toughest scrutiny.
Our students learn firsthand the challenges inherent in designing policy, as well as the rewards of even the smallest victory. Our Think Impact model is one that challenges students, encouraging them to take their classroom skills out into the world before they graduate from college, and apply them to create change.
There are numerous ways to engage within Roosevelt, we strongly encourage you to start a chapter, write a piece of policy, set up a lobby day for a group of students on your campus at the State House, and so much more.