Georgia Shift Acquires 501(c)3 Tax-Exempt Status

We’re thrilled to announce that we have officially acquired 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the IRS. From now on, all tax-deductible contributions can be made directly to Georgia Shift. Before acquiring tax-exempt status, we were fiscally sponsored by the great people at the Netroots Foundation. “We want to thank the Netroots Foundation for everything they’ve done for us up to this point. This news is an exciting step forward in our mission to make sure young people have a seat at the table of democracy”, said Ian Bridgeforth, Georgia Shift Founder & Executive Director If you would like to donate, you can do so online or by mail at: Georgia Shift P.O. Box 14701 Augusta, GA 30919 Our EIN is:...

Georgia Shift Spotlight: Kathryn DelGenio

‘I didn’t feel tired anymore, I just felt angry and I felt betrayed, by my own community and by this space that I go to every day.’ In our latest spotlight, Kathryn tells us about the event that inspired her to take action, what she learned at our student activism training, and what she plans to do...

Meet the Three Trainers Coming To Our GrassRoots Organizing Weekend

As our GrassRoots Organizing Weekend (GROW) quickly approaches, we wanted to introduce the trainers for the weekend and the experience they’re bringing to Georgia: Belinda Rodriguez, United States Student Association Belinda Rodriguez started organizing as a student at New York University after participating in the 2011 sit-ins against the Keystone XL pipeline. She has organized to oppose tar sands and hydraulic fracturing with a number of groups in New York City and worked to develop young leadership in the climate justice movement with 350.org, the Energy Action Coalition, and the New Economy Coalition. Belinda is a co-founder of the Momentum Training, a project that supports organizers to build popular social movements. As a student worker at the NYU Health Promotion Office, she created her school’s first initiative for survivors of child sexual abuse and their allies. She currently serves as the U.S. Student Association’s Training Director. Quanita McRoberts, Wright University, Ohio Students Association Quanita McRoberts is an organizer with Ohio Student Association as well as an elected member of the OSA Steering Committee. Quanita’s gender pro-nouns are: She, Her, and They. Quanita has been involved with #BlackLivesMatter through organizing the Justice For John Crawford III, a speaker at the Law For Black Lives Conference in New York, involved in changing campus climate and student debt, voter registration on college campuses and disenfranchised communities and Reproductive Justice organizing with Unite For Reproductive and Gender Equity.  She strongly believes in operating from an intersectional view point that examines a person experience at the various intersection of their life.  In addition, Quanita graduated Fall 2014 from Wright State University with a degree in...
Fusion Poll: Student loans are stressing women out far more than men

Fusion Poll: Student loans are stressing women out far more than men

A new Fusion poll reveals a big gender gap in the crushing burden of student loans. Women ages 18 to 35 are almost twice as likely as men to have felt stress about a student loan, the poll finds. They’re also more likely to borrow to pay for higher education in the first place. Women are outpacing men in college enrollment, but, of course, women generally earn less to pay off loans after they graduate. Overall, student loan debt worries young people so much that 31% say it wasn’t worth it. That figure is 37% for those who make $50,000 or less. Those are the key findings of a Fusion 2016 Issues Poll taken in the early days of a presidential campaign that will focus in part on what to do about the student loan burden—estimated at $1.3 trillion in all, more than Americans owe on their credit cards. Candidates have outlined plans ranging from Bernie Sanders’ proposal to make tuition free at state universities to Marco Rubio’s plan to encourage investors to lend money to individual students. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has been trying to make it easier for students to pick the right college and for graduates to deal with their debt. In the poll, many of those who borrowed to finance their education say they’ve had to change their plans in life because of the debt—taking jobs they didn’t want, putting off home and car purchases, and even delaying getting married or having kids. The poll also found: 32% of women ages 18 to 35 have felt stressed about a student loan, compared with just 17%...

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