Population Connection's "Capitol Hill Days" Makes an Impact on Participants
By JBrown@charities.org on May 18, 2012
Each spring, more than 100 enthusiastic and motivated Population Connection activists arrive in Washington D.C. for their annual advocacy weekend, Capitol Hill Days. The weekend consists of renowned speakers, advocacy training, and interactive informational sessions, culminating in lobby visits on Capitol Hill. Throughout the event, participants get the unique opportunity not only to gain insight into the important issues of women’s empowerment and global family planning, but to lobby their representatives directly on behalf of sound family planning policy and increased international family planning assistance.
Capitol Hill Days has made a profound impact on many of their participants, some of whom were previously unaware of population issues. Lehigh student Karina Licea describes the experience as nothing short of life-changing:
“It really opened my eyes about issues that I was so uninformed about beforehand. I am not exaggerating when I say that it was a life-changing experience, and hopefully one that will help me change other lives later on…I’m really excited to share what I learned through Population Connection.”
Every year, Population Connection is encouraged and humbled by the dedication that these young activists bring to our cause. Capitol Hill Days is a wonderful way to educate and inspire the next generation of population activists, as they continue to fight for a sustainable and healthy global population.