To date, over 100,000 youth have participated in our programs, and challenged national and global leaders around important issues like hunger, poverty, climate change and extremism. Some of the successes we’re most proud of include:
1. Empowering the next generation of global leaders. We have hosted more than 100 young global leaders summits in over 30 states and in five foreign countries involving young leaders from Bob Jones University to Berkeley. Our members have organized thousands of community and campus events, from town hall meetings about the war in Iraq to campaigns to get their school classified as a Fair Trade University. Many of our alumni have gone onto positions with the US government, think tanks, non-profit organizations, academia and much more.
2. Amplifying the youth voice around US global engagement. AIDemocracy has appeared in more than 500 media outlets from sources that cover politics and global affairs such as the New York Times, C-SPAN, BBC, Voice of America, CNN, and the Washington Post to more unexpected sources such as Marie Claire and the Montel Williams Show. Our work has been featured at major gatherings, such as the 2006 White House Summit on Malaria. Numerous editorial boards have praised our programs, including the Boston Globe, which called our Hope not Hate series “a victory of knowledge and inquiry over fear and blind pledges of revenge. This is public pressure at its noble best, able to cut through the haze of politics, inertia, and fear…” We received the 2005 Award for International Understanding from Search for Common Ground and were specially recognized by Madeleine Albright at the closing plenary session of the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative for our commitment to connecting young Americans with their peers worldwide. We have been invited to present on our organization at the United Nations, Associated Press, World Bank, US House and US Senate.
3. Influencing national policies and debates. We have joined forces with activists demanding progress around climate change, the elimination of nuclear weapons, funding for maternal health, support for US foreign assistance, and much more. We have provided a powerful youth voice around the moments, policies and decisions that define our country’s global engagement.
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