Why The 35 U?

All over the United States, millennials are investing their time and resources in working to better America. We are at the center of policy change, innovation and entrepreneurship. The 35 U recognizes our contributions as leaders and was created in 2015 provide resources to inspire and aide the next generation of leaders across the United States.

Our Mission

Our mission is to engage and motivate the next generation of American leaders in government, business and education by providing valuable information and resources tailored to this essential audience.

Eric Gooden | Founder of The 35 U

Eric Gooden is a proud resident of Boca Raton, Florida and Michigan native. In 2014, Gooden graduated from Lynn University with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice. While at Lynn University, Gooden served three years in the student government, where he honed his love of politics and public service. He also holds a technical certificate in Broadcasting from Specs Howard School of Media Arts.

An active community volunteer, Eric began his civic outreach while still in college, coaching basketball at Boca Raton’s prestigious St. Andrews School. Additionally he has held several board posts within the City of Boca Raton, serving on the Disability Advisory Board and the Education Advisory Board, before his recent appointment to the Community Advisory Panel. In 2016, Eric was elected by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Community Advisory Panel. Gooden was reelected in May of 2018. Other community volunteer efforts include Boca Raton Helping Hands, YMCA, St. Lawrence Chapel Homeless Shelter, Boating Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, and Boys and Girls Club.

In 2014, he was selected by Congressman Alcee Hastings (FL-20) to participate in Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s Leadership/Political Boot Camp which is designed to generate a pool of minority professionals who are well-qualified with regard to public and private sector policy issues and the conduct of political campaigns. On the heels of this experience, Gooden created The 35 U.