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Youth take message of change to Washington

IHTD 2015 in front of SCOTUS
Forty young people with IHTD gather in front of the US Supreme Court in April 2015. Photo: Bryan Vana / AFSC
IHTD 2015 congressional visit
IHTD participants make a congressional visit, April 2015 Photo: Bryan Vana / AFSC

On April 18-20, 2015 about 40 young people gathered in Washington, DC to participate in the 5th Annual “If I Had A Trillion Dollars” National Youth Film Festival and Leadership Training.

These young people were chosen for their outstanding submissions to the film festival and were honored at the World Premiere Screening at Busboys & Poets on Saturday evening. The young people participated in and Advocacy Day visiting about 14 congressional offices, discussing the issues that are most important to them: funding education, promoting environmental sustainability and raising the minimum wage.

They also took a message to Congress - “The military budget does not equal security” - which they expressed in an action that took place on the steps of the Supreme Court, facing Capitol Hill. It was an exciting and inspiring weekend with young people committed to making a change and eager to gain the tools to do so.

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