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NextGen America (formerly NextGen Climate) was founded by Tom Steyer in 2013 and is guided by a simple mission: When we get young people to show up and vote, we win. After starting and growing a successful investment firm, Tom stepped down to focus his energy and resources on climate change, fighting for racial justice and putting people — not corporations — in charge of our democracy. One key gap Tom noticed in the fight for justice was the need to elect leaders willing to face the climate crisis with the level of urgency and action it demands. NextGen was created to build the grassroots power in key states and districts to elect pro-climate Democrats into office. While our mission has expanded to advocate for a wider array of issues affecting young people, our strategy remains the same: Identify, engage, and mobilize people under the age of 35 who are less than likely to vote or who are not currently registered to vote.

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