MAKE A DIFFERENCEHelp Increase the Youth Vote Work with student groups, faculty, and administrators to make sure everyone on campus has a chance to register and vote. Fight Poverty in Your Community Organize weekly service trips and fundraisers for to a local poverty relief agency. Build a Sustainable Campus and World - Run petition and letter writting drives to get your Senator to support more and better public transportation. - Host movie screenings and panel discussions to educate students about energy efficiency and sustainability. - Reduce waste and protect the ocean by banning single-use plastic bags on campus. - Build support for clean energy projects like wind and solar power. Protect Students from Ripoffs from Textbooks Companies, Banks, and Landlords and Protect Student Aid - Meet with faculty members about using open-source textbooks to save students thousands of dollars. - Survey local banks and renters to make sure students aren't being ripped off. - Host a campus-wide call in day to make sure your congressmen support affordable higher education.
LEARN SKILLSCommunication Skills Improve your public speaking and writing skills, and learn how to work with the media to get media coverage. Get experience speaking in front of groups and advocating a position one-on-one. Campaign Skills Learn the basics of running a campaign - recruiting a training volunteers, generating grassroots support (petitions, letters, calls), building coalitions, organizing large events, campaign strategy, and basic lobbying. Leadership Skills Learn how to run meetings, work with teams, plan large events, develop other leaders, manage volunteers, and manage your time.
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"NJPIRG was one of the first organizations to reach out to me when I became Cook Campus Dean. I have been impressed by their initiative and enthusiasm ever since and feel strongly that NJPIRG both enhances and expands Rutgers academic mission by connecting students to timely issues and providing important and relevant leadership opportunities."
Dr. Rick Ludescher, Cook Campus Dean for Undergraduate Education
"From voter registration to energy conservation to anti-hunger campaigns, frew organizations engage so many students in important challenges, as well as in local communities and the university, as the PIRG student chapter. They get results."
Dr. Matt Matsuda, College Avenue Campus Dean
"I have greatly enjoyed working with NJPIRG as an academic advisor to public service internships. This is an excellent learning experience for students. In their reports, many comment on the advantages of peer learning and being able to make a contribution to society as they enrich their own education. The skills of group work, the importance of reliability, and the advantage of taking initiatives are all displayed more readily in internships than in class learning."
Professor Briavel Holcolmb, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy