"If I Had a Trillion Dollars" festival in Washington, D.C.

Young people from 15 states will travel to Washington, D.C., to debut their video entries for the third annual "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" National Youth Film Festival, April 13-15. They'll attend a youth leadership conference, a free public screening of their films at Sidwell Friends School, and a screening for members of Congress. 

The festival asks young people to speak out on the federal budget via short videos that answer the question “what would you do with $1 trillion—for yourself, your family, and your community.” In making their videos, youth were asked to consider the $1 trillion spent yearly on the U.S. military; the $1 trillion spent on the wars abroad, and the $1 trillion plus in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Meet the filmmakers

Kansas City youth eager to share their neighborhood's story in the nation's capital

Eleven-year old Summer has no shortage of ideas about what she might do when she's grown up: “I want to be a chemist, vet, nurse, artist, florist, singer,” she says. Other kids at the Whatsoever Community Center in Kansas City, Mo., have big dreams, too—Darron, who's 16, wants to be a police officer in a K-9 unit, and 14-year-old Jordan wants to have his own business.

A lifetime of paying the costs of war

Over the past year, young people participating in this year's “If I Had a Trillion Dollars” National Youth Film Festival have been learning how U.S. taxpayer money is spent.

College should be affordable for everyone, argues student

As a college student who grew up on a military base and in a southern town, 22-year old Daphne Hines has a unique perspective on the world.

Her father was a United States Airman, so Daphne spent ten years of her childhood living on an Air Force base. Daphne thrived on the base. The community was global, diverse, and welcoming, and exposed her to foreign languages and cultures. The tight-knit support structure sometimes felt like a large extended family: “The bonds of the military community were stronger bonds than the differences of race or ethnicity,” she says.

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