Mar 26, 2014 7:28 PM by Akeam Ashford
Two St. Martinville Senior High School students are heading to Washington, D.C., after being chosen to participate in the Save the Children Advocacy Summit.
As youth advocates of Save the Children, juniors Alli Douet and Vanel Porter will learn how to use storytelling and social media to persuade their friends and lawmakers back home to act on issues important to them.
Students were individually asked which issues they'd like to see change. Douet uses her drawing talent to bring awareness to domestic violence.
"I definitely want to help, especially people around my hometown. There are some students in St. Martinville who are struggling at home. I want to help them because I know they can do great things," Douet said.
While on Capitol Hill, students will participate in the legislative process, lobbying members of Congress on issues facing children.
"Just because I'm 16 doesn't mean I can't speak up for what's right, or no one can listen to me," Porter said.
Growing up in a rough neighborhood, Porter says she would like to give more young kids, like herself, the chance to realize their potential. She uses poetry and education to express her thoughts and feelings for the types of things she'd like to change in the world.
"If you get knowledge, then you can succeed. That's all I actually want is knowledge," Porter said.
Students head to Washington April 7 and will stay for three days.