Written by Elisa Marusak Thomson on January 24 2014

Outside the Lens at WorldLink

Outside the Lens continued our partnership with WorldLink at the University of San Diego last Wednesday by providing a photobooth where students can express themselves creatively by sharing their stories and dreams. This year, we prompted participants with the question "How can you make an IMPACT on the world?" which gave us some very ambitious responses.  Additionally, many of our Youth Councilors were selected to volunteer as photographers and journalists for the event who may be featured in WorldLink's annual newspaper.

WorldLink is a program hosted by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice that aims to connect youth to global affairs by providing opportunities for middle and high school youth from San Diego and Baja California to meet world leaders and experts.  Through WorldLink's innovate and experiential focus on global education, students learn about issues facing us locally and internationally, and engage in thoughtful discussions about solutions in a forum where their voices are heard and valued.

At this Youth Town Meeting, there were several featured speakers who discussed an array of issues from the accessibility of healthcare to refugee resettlement and so much more.  Students were engaged in the discussions about how they can make a difference through global participation and throughout this event, many minds were empowered.

OTL is thankful to be given an opportunity to participate in such a renowned event and we are excited to continue finding ways to address social and global issues through the lens of a camera.

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