Gulen Institute Youth Platform 2014
"What role should state and non-profit agencies play in the education of disadvantaged youth who are not realizing their potential?”
April 2-4, 2014
This year's Youth Platform Awards Ceremony was a huge success; thank you to all of the students, parents, and teachers who participated. Thirty finalists from around the world gathered in Washington, DC to discuss their essays and participate in the Gulen Institute's Award Ceremony. The trip began at Georgetown University, where Dr. Tom Gage, co-chair of the youth platform, led the students in a discussion of this year's prompt: "What role should state and non-profit agencies play in the education of disadvantaged youth who are not realizing their potential?." Students presented their essays to their academic peers, and together they discussed the role of state and NGO’s in the education of disadvantage students. We at the Gulen Institute were inspired by the students' thoughtfulness and openness toward each other; even while they were visiting the monuments and museums of DC, they continued sharing their ideas and experiences. We hope that they left DC with a new appreciation of the thoughts and opinions of their peers from around the world, as well as confidence in their own ability to engage with issues of political importance.