A group of UP high schooler’s are headed down to Washington D.C. to attend a national youth summit concerning civic issues, called Mikva Challenge National Youth Summit.
America’s civic score has declined in the last few years, and 100 students nationwide are gathering in Washington D.C. to demonstrate the power of youth voice and participate in youth leadership programs.
Ian Evans from Houghton High School will be featured at the summit’s kick-off event, soapbox nation. His speech is a call-to-action that was chosen from tens of thousands nationwide speaks on LGBTQ+ equality and acceptance after he experienced first-hand discrimination, and witnessed discrimination among his peers.
Lily Dixon from Marquette will advocate for gun reform and reasonable restrictions to the second amendment after noticing and experiencing growing fear of attending public spaces, including her school.
The students attending the summit will also go to capitol hill to address elected officials.
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