In Fall 2015, Generation Citizen alumnus and former NYU Chapter Director John De Vito launched a campaign to run for office as the Democratic Candidate for the New York State Senate’s 3rd District. At 25 years old, John is an advocate for getting young people involved in the Democratic process at a local and national level. During his time at NYU, John served as a Democracy Coach in an 8th grade classroom at the Mott Hall School in Harlem. There, he empowered his students to organize and execute a “Sustainable Living Curriculum” that those students taught to their 6th grade peers and presented to their Assembly Member.
John credits his decision to run, in part, to his experience with Generation Citizen. He believes that Millennials deserve a voice in the future of New York. John decided to run on an anti-corruption platform and to fight for campaign finance reform in New York State. “We need to break the pact between special interests and our government. After we succeed, we have a few more demands.”
“Decisions about our future are being made in Albany and we need young people to be a part of the conversation. Young people power our campaign. They have the energy, ideas and optimism that help amplify our message.”