Youth Congress: 1934-41
The American Youth Congress was an organization that focused on issues affecting young people and by 1939 had over 4.5 million members across the country.

Among the issues taken up by the AYC were draft opposition, jobs and training for youth and equality among different races and nationalities. It opposed mandatory ROTC training on campuses and lobbied for more funding for education.

However, the group was accused by U.S. Rep. Martin Dies, chair of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, as having communist leadership in 1939 and support for the organization began to decline.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt attempted to bolster the group in 1940 by inviting some of the group to a picnic on the White House lawn where they were addressed by President Franklin Roosevelt.

But the AYC continued to decline and the group disbanded in 1941.
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