April 28, 2021
Jessica Ortiz
Over 30 Young People to Respond to 2022 State of the Union Address


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Over 30 Young People to Respond to 2022 State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON DC, February 28, 2022 — Young activists have announced the second Young People Address the Nation event, a national day of action to elevate the young people’s reactions and responses to President Biden’s 2022 State of the Union Address.

On March 1st, the same day as the State of the Union, over 40 organizational partners are coordinating Young People Address the Nation: 2022 State of the Union Edition. The event will include:

  • The Youth Response to the State of the Union, a live stream that will take place directly after President Biden’s State of the Union, will feature over 30 young people from 26 states – including Iowa, Ohio, Georgia, and Pennsylvania – responding live to the content, tone, and proposals included in the SOTU.
  • A social media campaign on TikTokTwitter, and Instagram featuring the stories and thoughts of young leaders throughout the day using #YoungPeopleAddress.
  • A live blog on featuring messages from young people across the country.

“Young people are consistently on the frontlines of transformative change, and this is our pivotal moment to shift America’s attention to the future that we need,” said Dillon Bernard, a 22-year-old activist and the Executive Producer of Young People Address the Nation. “The Youth Response to the State of the Union will prove that young people cannot wait around for a hero to guide us all. Instead, young people have emerged as our own heroes and we’re building on the legacy of those who came before us.”

The Youth Response to the State of the Union will be hosted by Sixto Cancel, a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree and the Founder of Think of Us, and Jeremy Veramendi, a student journalist and the host of the Divergent College Vibes Podcast.

Young leaders held the first Young People Address the Nation event on April 20, 2021, which was the 100th-day mark of the Biden-Harris administration. More than 35 youth leaders and 30 youth-serving organizations joined forces to speak out about the key priorities of young people during this pivotal turning point in our country in a one-hour video special.

Additional details on Young People Address the Nation: State of the Union 2022 Edition are available at The Youth Response to the State of the Union 2022 will be live streamed on www.youngpeopleaddress.orgYouTubeTwitter, and Facebook.


Young People Address the Nation is led and produced by a collective of Gen Z creatives of color. The second Young People Address the Nation event is produced in collaboration with 40 organizational partners including: 18by Vote, Alliance for Youth Action, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, Association of Young Americans, American Youth Policy Forum, Blue Future, Breaktime, Center for Law & Social Policy, Houston Youth Climate Strike,New Deal for Youth, Corridor Community Action Network, New Orleans Children Youth & Planning Board, Elevate Your Essence, Future Coalition, Generation Vote, Green Earth Poets Cafe, LessLonely Project, Loud Light, March For Our Lives, NAACP Youth & College, NextGen America, National Youth Employment Coalition, Our Climate Voices, Our Turn,Opportunity Youth United, Peace First, Revolution Coalition, Student Borrower Protection Center, Team ENOUGH, The Forum for Youth Investment, SparkAction, Swell Collective, Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network,VOICES Corp., Voto Latino, Young Invincibles, Youth Jobs Connect, Youth Oasis, Youth on the Move, Youth Service America, YouthBuild USA, YouthInGov,YVote/Next Generation Politics, and Zivvy Media.