American Red Cross’s IHL Youth Action Campaign 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 a one-day training on IHL, during which they learn how to build their own campaign and conduct both in-person and social media activities to promote awareness around IHL.
This year, youth teams will focus on the protections of medical personnel and infrastructure in armed conflict.
In the past, in-person educational activities have included simulations, scavenger hunts, movie screenings, classroom presentations, and art projects. Social media activities could include using Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other networks to post meaningful content and engage peers in IHL dialogue.
After the campaigns are complete, two participants from each geographic division will be selected to attend the annual IHL Youth Action Campaign Summit in Washington, D.C.