Junior 8 ("J8") is the youth event linked to the G8 Summit and is sponsored by UNICEF. The J8 program provides free, multi-lingual resources on topical global issues to teachers and students worldwide, and enables youths ages 13 to 17 to become involved in the topics that concern the G8 countries and the broader global community. Drawing from their knowledge, understanding and perspectives of global issues, student teams compete via an essay contest and optional media presentation for the opportunity to represent their country at the J8 Summit.
According to the J8 Web site, "The Junior 8 program gives you the chance to develop your own ideas about the most pressing global issues today, discuss them with your friends, classmates and young people from around the world, and present them to the leaders of eight of the most powerful countries in the world."
Amador's winning delegation, the Volens et potens, comprises members of the school's World History classes taught by Chris Murphy. The Volens et potens' winning entry presented the delegation's specific recommendations in relation to key global issues: global warming and climate change; poverty and development; and child survival, infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS.
The winning essays were chosen based on originality of ideas, ambition of recommendations, pragmatism, coherence and grasp of the issues.
The team will be traveling to Japan in July. Updated information on the 2008 J8 Summit can be found at www.j8summit.com.