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Voices of Young People in Poverty Turn Compassion to Action

The Children's Defense Fund in the U.S. will tell the stories of young people from diverse backgrounds living in poverty and combine them with policy solutions to prompt audiences to help lift families out of poverty. Children are often missing from the poverty debate, yet a child who had no say in their own circumstances may be better able to overcome the prejudices surrounding adults living in poverty. They will identify young people who have experienced elements of poverty, such as food insufficiency or homelessness, and capture their stories on film. These will be paired with actions that can be taken by viewers and developed for digital and social media platforms. Through this process, they will evaluate how well their videos engage people and identify the stories that most resonate and the actions they spur.

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