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Youth Leaders Come Together for 2014 YUGA Leadership Summit

August 6, 2014

Youth from across the country and across the world joined together during the last week in July for the Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA) Leadership Summit at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.

Youth leaders explored heavy topics while having fun at the same time. Issues discussed included discrimination, international development, climate change, and humanitarian law. Music and dance, poetry sessions, and sports were intertwined with workshops.

The summit lasted five days and four nights. American youth were joined by youth delegates from Haiti and Cambodia, who were able to bring different thoughts and perspectives to the summit.

“[YUGA has] given me so many resources that I can take advantage of and bring back to my community,” said Ariadne Billy, who just wrapped up her second year at the summit. “Just being able to get delegates from all around the world to come in and share their experiences, being able to go back and expose other people to this is just amazing.”

YUGA is a nationwide network of ambitious young people who take action on world issues. Through campaigns and awareness-raising activities, YUGA members educate their schools and communities on global challenges and engage them in finding solutions.

Browse through the photos below for a brief look at this year’s YUGA Leadership Summit.

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