A Story of Colorism

May 20, 2021

By Meha Khanna I grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado with immigrant parents who carried their personal experiences of oppression into my life. India was colonized by British settlers, idealizing Eurocentric beauty standards. The concept that fair equals beauty was not only normalized by my parents, but millions of other Indian people as well. While…

The Lasting Impacts of Overpriced Education

May 4, 2021

By Zoe Barley  40 years ago, my dad had to drop out of college because his family ran out of money to pay for it. Both of his parents worked hard to try to get their children through college. Unfortunately, as a first generation college student, my dad did not have the financial expertise or…

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The Time for Medicare for All is Now

April 8, 2021

By Sana Sethi Most Americans know that our healthcare system is broken. Whether they have faced unexpected out-of-pocket costs from primary care visits or accrued an incomprehensible amount of medical debt, the stories are abundant. Perhaps someone from another country would be surprised to learn that Americans, who live in the wealthiest country on the…

2020 Electoral Impact

November 30, 2020

Young Coloradans shattered records during the 2020 election,  turning out at historic rates and cementing their place as the largest voting bloc in the state. During a global pandemic, national racial reckoning, and a contentious election cycle, New Era Colorado continued to do what we do best—meet young people where they’re at, break through the…

Young People Must Be Secured their Right to Vote in 2020

August 27, 2020

About New Era New Era is the leading voice for young people in Colorado politics and one of the most effective youth civic engagement organizations in the country. New Era Colorado is a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to reinvent politics for young people, mobilizing and empowering a new generation to participate in our democracy…

New Era Colorado’s Equity Statement

August 20, 2020

New Era Colorado was founded in 2006 with a single, unifying mission: to mobilize and empower young people to shape our democracy and advance progressive change. For over 14 years, we have been working to build youth political power in our state because we know that young people play an important role in moving our…

How to navigate student debt during the COVID-19 pandemic

March 26, 2020

Last Updated: December 11, 2020 Right now, over 761,000 Coloradans are working to pay back over $27.7 billion in student loan debt, and this burden is especially high for rural Coloradans and communities of color. The student debt crisis requires long-term solutions and we know that the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the impacts that…

New Era Colorado COVID-19 Update

March 16, 2020

Here at New Era Colorado, we prioritize the safety and wellbeing of our staff and our communities. In light of the current situation regarding the Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), New Era Colorado has developed the following guidelines regarding our operations with the intention of keeping our staff, partners, and communities safe. Please note, this…

Please welcome our next Executive Director!

December 17, 2019

We’re thrilled to close out an already incredible 2019 with an exciting announcement: New Era Colorado’s board of directors has enthusiastically and unanimously selected Nicole Hensel to be New Era’s next Executive Director! Over the last several months, we’ve conducted a national, highly competitive search for New Era’s next leader—and Nicole impressed us at every…

New Era Advocacy Director Appointed For Higher Ed Commission

July 31, 2019

Our Advocacy Director, Charley Olena, was just appointed by Governor Polis to serve on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education! It’s essential for our generation to have a seat at the table with issues like higher education that directly impact us. Congratulations to Charley for this incredible honor—we’re so excited for her to fight for…