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About Young Elected Leaders

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Launched in 2002 with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Young Elected Leaders Project (YELP) studies and works with young people who run for public office. With this work, Eagleton constructed a database of young elected officials; conducted a survey of young elected leaders regarding their background and leadership experience; convened a conference of young leaders in May 2003; and issued a report entitled Political Generation Next: America’s Young Elected Leaders. Currently, YELP is led by Dr. Elizabeth Matto, Associate Research Professor and Director of Eagleton’s Center for Youth Political Participation, and a team of undergraduate researchers.