IHL Students Ready for Next Challenge

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Oxford Academy team at the IHL Youth Leadership Summit in DC

This year the IHL Action Campaign convened 26 teams from 8 chapters around the country. A total of 267 students participated and produced incredibly insightful and creative materials to educate their peers and communities about IHL topics, in particular child soldiers and international justice. Through their thoughtful and engaging activities, IHL Action Campaign participants were able to reach more than 24 000 people in person and online this year. The IHL Youth Leadership Summit, which created a space to share best practices, encouraged team leaders and members to aim for an even greater impact. They will now incorporate the lessons learned into next year’s Action Campaign as they focus on two equally important topics: gender and refugees.

-Emily Kenney, Program Officer for Peer Education

IHL Action Campaign team member, Daniella, shares her thoughts and aspirations for next year.

It was a privilege to be able to go to the IHL Youth Leadership Summit this year. One of the things that I enjoyed the most was getting the opportunity to see how all of the participants in the IHL Action Campaign affected their communities through their campaign presentations. It was not only a powerful motivation but it was encouraging, and it made me proud to be a part of something that was making a difference. This experience will definitely impact what my school’s Red Cross will do this coming school year. Now that I saw the extent to which some of the schools reached their community, I aspire to not only be a part of the IHL Action Campaign next year, but also help guide the team to make an impact outside of our school. This aspiration has led me and others on the team to already start planning a wonderful campaign that will hopefully gain the attention of our school and the neighboring cities. Of course the motivation is all thanks to the training, support, and knowledge gained at the IHL Youth Leadership Summit, and my team and I are thankful for such an opportunity. I can’t wait to be a part of the campaign this year, and I know that whatever we do, we will be assisting in a cause to make the world a better place.

-Daniella, Oxford Academy

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