Youth Action Campaign

The IHL Youth Action Campaign (YAC) empowers young people, ages 13-24, to learn about international humanitarian law (IHL)—the body of law that governs armed conflict. Young people volunteer to educate the American public on IHL by exploring topics with their communities through peer-to-peer education campaigns. Youth teams participate in an IHL training, during which they learn how to build their own educational campaigns and conduct in-person and social media activities to promote awareness around IHL and these important global issues. 

Below are videos from our July 2021 YAC Summit
IHL Youth Action Campaign National Symposium (2020-2021): Education in Armed Conflict

 
Red Cross Youth IHL Advocates Summit Presentations 
Outstanding youth volunteers in the 2020-2021 year for the IHL Youth Action Campaign presented on best practices and lessons learned for each geographic division across the U.S.  American Red Cross CEO, Gail McGovern, and Senior Vice President Koby Langley welcomed attendees and offered comments.
Summit Series: On the Front Lines of Preserving Cultural Property
Speaker: Col. (ret.) Richard Jackson who is also the former Vice President of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield

The theme for the 2021-2022 YAC Campaign will be "The Preservation of Cultural Property"
Summit Series: IHL Career Panel
Below are videos from our July 2020 YAC Summit
Red Cross Youth IHL Advocates Summit Presentations 
Outstanding youth volunteers in the 2019-2020 year for the IHL Youth Action Campaign presented on best practices and lessons learned for each geographic division across the U.S.  American Red Cross CEO, Gail McGovern, welcomed attendees and offered comments.
Valentino Achak Deng served as an Education Minister in South Sudan. A survivor of the Second Sudanese Civil War, Deng became a "Lost Boy of Sudan" and lived for nine years at a refugee camp in Kenya. His story is chronicalized in the novel "What is the What" by Dave Eggers, and together Deng and Eggers founded the VADFoundation that promotes education, vocational training, sustainable development, and girls’ education.
Geoff Loane, ICRC Access to Education Geoff Loane is the Education Advisor at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He has over 15 years of field experience in East and Central Africa and worked with the US and UK governments as Head of Delegation for the ICRC. Loane will discuss the ICRC's Access to Education Framework and experiences in the field.
Other YAC Events

Hameeda's Story: A first-hand encounter of how education is disrupted by armed conflict - April 2021