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Elev8 Youth Speak for Themselves on Capitol Hill

Resource type: Video

Public Interest Projects |

On April 22, 2012, students from 20 Elev8 middle schools across the country filed into legislative office buildings surrounding the nation’s capitol, nervous but prepared to speak out on issues they had selected themselves, including school safety and funding for after school programs.

The visit to Capitol Hill was part of a national Elev8 youth conference intended to build on what students had learned through their local Elev8 programs.

Developing students as leaders through community service projects and advocacy training is a cornerstone of Elev8. Prior to the national trip, many students had already met with state and local legislators.

To Learn More about Elev8:

> Visit our Elev8 page for videos and updates

> Visit or the websites of the local initiatives:

Elev8 Baltimore
Elev8 Chicago
Elev8 New Mexico
Elev8 Oakland

Elev8 is a grantee of Atlantic’s Children & Youth programme in the United States, which funds efforts to support and expand community schools.

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