Sunday, September 27, 2009

Connecting Demos and The Gates Foundation

If you have been following our reporting on the connection between the organization, Demos, where Van Jones is a trustee, and HR3221, the refunding of Student Aid, SACRA, that was passed last week, you may find this interesting. HR3221 was the bill that 'defunded ACORN'.

On December 8, 2009, The Gates (Bill and Melinda) Foundation announced giving grants totaling $69 million to organizations working to improve college enrollment and completion rates in America. The foundation aims to double the number of low-income students who earn a post-secondary degree by the age of 26, or an increase of 250,000 graduates each year.

Within this grant, the organization, Demos will recieve $600,000 over two years. Demos will focus on the financial barriers young people face in completing college, from financial aid to house costs, by producing new and credible research. Over the next two years, Demos will hold a series of public forums, publish research illuminating key trends to include: The Economic State of Young America 2009 report and develop a web-based information and engagement center for legislators, media, advocates and concerned citizens.

On October 15th and 16th, 2009, Demos will hold a conference in Washington DC, called 'A Better Deal, 2009'. This event will hold seminars to include: 'Going Beyond Green' and
'Politics in the Age of Obama: How the Millennial Generation is Remaking American Democracy'.

Mmm, Mmm, Mm! Barack Hussein Obama.

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