BCTC student advocates for global issues in Washington, D.C.
Published on Mar 19, 2018
Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) student Andrew Boyce recently returned from the 2018 RESULTS Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. He, along with other RESULTS fellows, helped set the advocacy agenda for the coming year and received in-depth training on policy initiatives and community organizing.
Boyce, who will graduate from BCTC this May, is currently a BCTC Kentucky Legislative intern and received in 2017 a fellowship with the antipoverty advocacy organization, RESULTS.
"I was looking for a volunteer opportunity that would expand my knowledge of global education and politics because I'm interested in international diplomacy," said Boyce. "I believe education and health are human rights. These things can change the world."
Boyce and other fellows from across the country met to visit Capitol Hill and lobby Congress in support of various antipoverty initiatives both domestically and abroad. There, they met with staffers for Senators McConnell and Paul and Representatives Barr, Comer, Guthrie, Rogers, and Yarmuth to discuss protecting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP, Medicaid, and Medicare from cuts and work requirements.
In addition, they discussed the need for international developmental aid as a national security issue and asked Representative Hal Rogers for over $2 billion in appropriations for the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, Gavi, and the Global Partnership for Education.
Boyce also wanted the voices of other BCTC students heard. This was done by including, via phone, BCTC students and RESULTS advocates Sarah Hein and Hiba El-Azar, and the students of Lucinda Baker's state government class in a meeting in Representative Andy Barr's office, and by delivering 22 letters from students and community members to our members of Congress.
Boyce represented his organization, RESULTS, and the BCTC community and state on this trip. BCTC students not only work for better lives for themselves, but also for their community, country, and world.