What do you get when you combine ten teenage social justice leaders, four LCEC staff members, and two vehicles routed to Washington D.C.? You get the LCEC’s Youth Action Summer Internship delegation!

High school interns met LGBTQ+ youth of color with Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders to discuss the barriers and solutions to educating others on LGBTQ+ issues. They toured We Act Radio, a bustling social justice radio station, and talked with the director about critical thinking and media literacy.

The group toured Central State University, the only HBCU in the Midwest, and they engaged in a spirited conversation with their tour leader at the University of the District of Colombia Van Ness…after which two of them stated their intentions to apply.

In between, youth explored the African American History Museum, the Natural History Museum, the National Mall, and Yards Park, examining it all with a critical eye.

After an educational, action-packed trip, the group returned to Madison to incorporate what they learned into their lives and their communities, and to continue to grow the lasting bonds the trip helped them cultivate with one another.