Gahanna Lincoln High School senior Suneil Kamath plans to bring back information from Washington, D.C., on what national leaders will do to address childhood hunger and malnutrition.

Gahanna Lincoln High School senior Suneil Kamath plans to bring back information from Washington, D.C., on what national leaders will do to address childhood hunger and malnutrition.

Kamath is one of 16 youth scholars for Save the Children (STC) who participated in this week's 2012 Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.

According to STC communications associate Hannah Brencher, a three-person panel chose 16 scholars from across the nation to participate in the summit and Kamath's experience with Music of the Heart was a boost, Brencher said.

Kamath founded the nonprofit and said the mission of Music of the Heart is to use the power of music as a tool to promote holistic healing to those who are in need while promoting music-education awareness. For more information, look online at musicoftheheart.us.

The goal of the March 20-21 summit was for students to return to their schools as advocates for children- and youth-issues, Brencher said.

Suneil planned to learn how to be a voice for children at the summit. A meeting with Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-Genoa Township) regarding nutrition, on a local and global level, was also on his agenda.

Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases kill more than 2.6 million children annually, information from the STC said.

"We hear a lot about the economy and oil and gas prices," Kamath said. "Those are vital but it may take away from child nutrition. I think this issue is important. I hope to take a lot of the information and bring back to Gahanna and Ohio what they're doing to tackle this issue."

The goal of the summit workshops and activities is to have panel discussion on how they can advocate for children and youth issues, Brencher said.

"Students will be split into different groups like social media and visual media," she said. "Afterwards, they will have some type of product to take back to their schools. The central messaging goal this year is nutrition."

Kamath left Gahanna for the summit March 19 and planned to return March 22.

His itinerary included a panel of surrogates for the 2012 presidential candidates that will speak on agendas for children. The student scholars also were scheduled to spend an afternoon on Capitol Hill to meet with policymakers who can create positive change for children in the U.S. and abroad.

As for plans after the summit, Kamath said he plans to attend college after graduation, but he's undecided where and what he will study.

"I'm definitely looking to expand Music of the Heart into a bigger and more international organization," he said.

More about the advocacy summit can be found at savethechildren.org.