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-- Much the US national debt is rising at an alarming rate quickly approaching seventeen trillion dollars so what's Washington doing about it.
Well not much.
That's what college students at ten universities recently engaged in a six week challenge called up to us to bring the -- discussion to their peers.
Joining me now is -- she's she's he's he's -- he's been a team won first prize in the nationwide competition congratulations to you.
Thank you so much -- and well so has been made not only about the national debt but about.
Putting it on the shoulders of the younger generation.
You are the younger generation.
Is that what got you interested in trying to find a solution.
That's part of it definitely.
Our school is really and just -- getting involved because this lies an issue happening outside of our school on the -- And many as students that you VA -- interested in just learning more about the -- this year and seeing how we can even act.
And so before we can -- -- my team knew that learning was definitely a prerequisite.
So throughout this campaign we really Frankenstein.
Getting the knowledge out there and spreading at community oriented dialogue about the issue so in a moment I wanna hear exactly how you did that I was fascinated to.
Find out that the national debt is never discussed.
In normal classes at least -- -- you've been right.
Rape walk and that's at play chair.
And so I EVA is a great -- -- -- head try and steer our education towards something has relevant times.
As so many out of our initiatives we're focused on an out of the class -- experience.
And still bring -- professor is into the community to discuss that okay so tell me about some of the things that you did that earns you this top prize.
Great so one of our main events -- testing senator mark corner of his leader in this issue on the health.
He gave a public speech to over 500.
Students faculty and community members and that really spread -- -- even further.
In addition testing my -- and we also hosted a series.
Intimate discussions -- our top professors.
-- issues like health care and budgetary policy.
And tax revenue and seeing how on these ties the national debt.
But in addition to that discussion base and then says we also.
Posted documentary screenings we even had a bike to work out based on the historical trends the national -- And we -- that has -- -- display it to make.
Visual impact for students via it's always it much easier to understand when you see those numbers flashing by pretty quickly are excellent -- ask -- this -- What solutions and to come open.
So our campaign wasn't a solution oriented campaign.
Because we only had six weeks we knew that the most impact that we should have was -- to spread knowledge.
And get more -- -- -- involved in the conversation.
So rather then offering prescription so we tried to facilitate a space where students can -- you there -- -- -- And pursue many of that idea is an intense and topics that they -- most passionate about.
All right so learning is really starting point hopefully it'll be further discussions and for the young people maybe you guys can solve it for us.
I hope so Helena -- thanks so much and congratulations.
Thank you -- thanks.
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