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UVA Group Aiming to Educate Students About National Debt

Posted: Updated: Jan 27, 2013 11:43 PM EST

The University of Virginia is one of 10 colleges across the country creating campaigns to educate the younger generation about the nation's fiscal debate.

UVA students are leading the "Up to Us" initiative. The group will campaign at UVA with their message for the next six weeks. They hope to grab the attention of young adults and to educate them about our country's debt and the effect it has on future generations

"It's harder for younger adults to understand that this issue while not impacting them today will impact them in the future," said Mary Margaret Frank, the academic director for the initiative for business in society at Darden Business School.

Now is a time for the group to discuss what the national debt is and what it means for future generations. The students want to show their commitment to America's future.

"The conversation seems a little bit isolated to people in our generation when in fact we're the ones who will have to respond to the policy changes and respond to the issues a couple years down the line," said Lena Shi, a core member of the campaign.

Over the course of the next six weeks the group will hold several talks where UVA professors and guest speakers will share their knowledge. The team of students is using www.causes.com as a platform to display videos and demonstrate how their campaign is impacting young people.

UVA student Josh Lansford says he hopes the campaign teaches people the national debt is not a partisan political issue.

"The national debt and how to bring it down and how to control our revenue our expenditures is something that concerns everybody," Lansford said.

The UVA group is tracking its progress to get the word out as part of the competition against nine other colleges.

One school will be picked as a winner to be recognized by former President Bill Clinton. The winning school also receives a $10,000 prize.

To find out more about their cause, click here.

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