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Five things your Quaker congregation can do to support a shift in budget priorities through the If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth film festival

If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth lobbying in Washington, D.C.
If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth lobbying in Washington, D.C. Photo: AFSC

The National Priorities Project (NPP) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) joined together to sponsor the “If I Had A Trillion Dollars” (IHTD) youth film festival to help integrate the voices and ideas of young people into the nation’s budget debate.  As revenue and spending decisions made at the federal level disproportionately affect young people, the festival is geared toward educating and inspiring young people to engage in civic activism.

1. Host a screening

Invite people at your Meeting/Church to host a screening of the 3rd annual “If I Had a Trillion Dollars” youth film festival. 

2. Learn about our budget

Use the IHTD Activities Guide with young people in your Quaker community to learn about the way our tax dollars are currently being spent, and what we can do about it. 

3. Make a video!

Invite the young people in your community to turn that vision into a short film to submit to the 4th annual film festival by January 2014.

  • Use the Videomaking Toolkit and plan out how the video can both illustrate their vision, while engaging viewers on the issue.  More info at
  • Watch this short film, "3 Minute Film School," for an introduction to creating a film with youth in your Quaker community.
  • Submit the video by DEADLINE to the film festival. If invited, support a young person in traveling to Washington, DC to participate in the festival and lobby Congress.

4. Spread the word

5. Take action

Join the Wage Peace campaign, and articipate in the ongoing discussion on our nation's budget priorities.

  • Visit for access to toolkits, talking points and ways to take action in your community.

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