Dialog of Civilizations Youth Platform
Award Ceremony 2011
April 4-8, 2011
Young minds from all over the world came together in Washington, D.C. at the award ceremony of Gulen Institute Youth Platform Award Ceremony.
In its first year of the international essay contest, Gulen Institute Youth Platform has achieved to attract students from all over the world. More than 600 students from 53 countries and 35 states in the U.S. tried their best to respond to the topic “The use of military means as a solution to today’s international and national political issues: Diplomacy or war, democracy or military coup?”
Gulen Institute along with Rumi Forum in Washington, D.C. have invited the winners of the essay contest to a 4-day trip to Washington, D.C. between April 4 and April 8 of this year. In addition, students, their parents and educators had an opportunity to tour the great capital, meet with Congress members and community leaders and visit think-tank organizations.
These students have received their awards from the respected Embassy representatives of their countries and Congress members who represent them in Washington, D.C.
The “Youth Platform Award Ceremony” took place on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in Rayburn House Office Building at 6 p.m.
Award Ceremony Co-Chairs are the respected U.S. House of Representative members, Congressman Gene Green and Congressman Ted Poe, who have attended the ceremony and welcomed students along with Congress members Peter Roskam, Sheila Jackson Lee and Bob Filner.
Gulen Institute Youth Platform Chairs are Dr. Tom Gage from Humboldt State University and Dr. Gregory Weiher, University of Houston Political Science Department Chair.
Students, their families and educators expressed their gratitude to Gulen Institute and Rumi Forum to put together such a nice event. They said that they felt very honored and fortunate to have met US Congress members and representatives from the embassies of their countries. They also said it was a great opportunity to exchange ideas with their peers from all over the world.