youth economics competition
CGI U 2012 brought together more than 1,100 students from 310 universities, 97 countries, and all 50 states to create innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Photos from CGI U 2012 are available at: cgiu.org/photos. Event webcasts can be viewed on the CGI U website, and additional video features are posted to CGI’s YouTube channel.
CGI U 2012 also featured the announcement of an exciting new college competition. “Up To Us: Students Taking Action for a Better Fiscal and Economic Future” is an innovative, year-long campus competition that will engage students at colleges across the U.S. on an issue that is critical to their future — America’s long-term fiscal and economic challenges. Over the course of the 2012-2013 academic year, up to 12 student teams will launch campaigns to raise awareness about fiscal sustainability, drawing connections to critical issues such as economic opportunity, resources available for future investments, and other domestic and global concerns.
Teams will be given the flexibility to craft their own goals, messaging, and tactics for the campaigns, which could include new technology and social media or more traditional tactics such as rallies, teach-ins, and grassroots organizing. The campaigns will be judged by a panel of experts based on their effectiveness at raising awareness and inspiring action on campus. The winning team will be announced at CGI U 2013 and recognized by President Bill Clinton. For more information, you can visit the competition’s website at: http://netimpact.org/lead-change/students/opportunities/uptous.
The competition is a joint project of CGI U, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and Net Impact. We will keep you posted with more updates on this and other exciting projects in the future.
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In total, CGI U participants will contribute more than 2,500 hours of service for Rebuilding Together and the USO.
CGI University is grateful for the support of its sponsors: The Victor Pinchuk Foundation, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Microsoft, Laureate International Universities, Andy Nahas and The Prospect Fund, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Peter Kovler, and Booz Allen Hamilton.
The following new commitments were announced over the last two days:
Pay It Forward
Commitment by: Abe Lopez, Caroline Chen, Shelby Couch, and Christina Lee
Schools: Illinois State University, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Summary: As campus representatives for the youth service organization Students Today, Leaders Forever, Abe, Caroline, Shelby, and Christina commit to creating new programs that will provide additional community service opportunities for young Americans across the country. Building on the 185,000 service hours already contributed by Students Today, Leaders Forever, these students will help the organization meet its goal of scaling up by 37,000 hours of service nationwide over the next year.
Code the Change
Commitment by: Sam King
School: Stanford University
Summary: To better connect the worlds of nonprofit and the computer sciences, Sam commits to expanding the national presence of his organization - Code the Change. At Stanford University, the organization annually hosts six Code Jams, events in which computer science students volunteer up to 24 hours of their skills for nonprofit projects, and plans to expand their programming to 10 additional universities in the coming year. This increase will provide 60 additional days of volunteer programming for nonprofit technology needs.
Commitment by: Patrick Oathout
School: Duke University
Summary: Patrick Oathout will create Uhuru, an online operating module that uses mobile crowdsourcing technology to increase access to information among the international refugee community. Refugees will be able to send personal status reports, via a downloadable app, a Twitter hashtag, an SMS message, or email, which will then populate an online interactive map. The module and app launch in May, and Patrick will travel to Jordan this summer to do supplementary outreach.
Hands on Haiti: Reimagine
Commitment by: Kayla Look Loy and Victoria Sanon
School: University of Georgia
Summary: Kayla and Victoria will assemble and sell a Haitian cookbook to sponsor a scholarship fund for primary school students in Haiti, as well as spread cultural awareness in the United States. Through their organization, Hands on Haiti, these two women hope to publish the cookbook by the fall of this year, and sponsor the studies of up to 100 students starting in January of next year.
Teach for Africa
Commitment by: Peggy Mativo
School: Harvard University
Summary: Kenyan native Peggy Mativo commits to giving back through the creation of Teach for Africa, a program that will provide trained teaching assistants to underserved schools in Nairobi, Kenya.
YouTeach Brazil: YouTube-Based EFL Curriculum Design for Public School Teachers in the Amazon
Commitment by: Lindsey Keller Bowman
School: Monterey Institute of International Studies
Summary: Lindsey Keller Bowman will use YouTube to provide English teachers working in isolated communities in Brazil with free online videos featuring lesson plan demos, curriculum design assistance, and best practices advice.
Commitment by: JP Peckinpaugh, Annie Wright, and Jennifer Lancaster
School: Transylvania University
Summary: Peckinpaugh, Wright, and Lancaster commit to implementing a strategic plan to convert waste material from local breweries into clean energy for Transylvania University, thus reducing the Kentucky school’s reliance on coal.
The Bantu Project
Commitment by: Makhosonkhe Nsibandze
School: University of Pennsylvania
Summary: Makhosonkhe Nsibandze will design an entry strategy for creating a community center in his native country of Swaziland that will serve as a safe forum for Swazi youth to tackle the discrimination and exclusion of LGBTQ and other underserved communities.
Commitment by: Jared Moon, Milad Alucozai, David Rosenthal, and Gabriel Rangel
Schools: University of Iowa and Purdue University
Summary: These four young men will serve as capacity-building partners in the construction of a multipurpose, community-run facility in Gondar, Ethiopia. This facility will provide the local community with a much-needed diagnostic clinic, a water filtration center, and an educational model on food security.
Solar Dryers for Sustainable Farming and Food Security in Tanzania
Commitment by: Amanda Rees and Corinne Stephenson
School: Princeton University
Summary: This summer, Amanda Rees and Corinne Stephenson will travel to Tanzania to lead training workshops on how to build and operate solar drying units, which enable farmers to dehydrate and preserve otherwise perishable produce.
Bridging the Gap between the Community of Garden Grove and the Healthcare System
Commitment by: Rahaf Baker
School: University of California, Irvine
Summary: Rahaf Baker commits to opening a free clinic in Garden Grove, California that will provide culturally-conscious healthcare services to the historically underserved Asian and Latino populations in the area.
Healthy Girls Save the World: Participant Expansion
Commitment by: Camille McGirt
School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Summary: In response to the increasing childhood obesity epidemic in the United States, Camille McGirt will launch three new chapters of her program, Healthy Girls Save the World, across the state of North Carolina.
Building with Bottles
Commitment by: Brett Perl
School: Carnegie Mellon University
Summary: Brett will create a sustainable business model for mobility-impaired individuals in need of employment in Port au Prince, Haiti. Building with Bottles will train these individuals to build functional stools out of disposed plastic bottles collected from the street, and then sell them for a profit.
The Dawes Arts Education Initiative
Commitment by: Brittney Gossett, Tim Brawner, and Natalie Micale
School: Nebraska Wesleyan University
Summary: To address the negative impact school funding cuts have had on arts education, Brittney Gossett, Tim Brawner, and Natalie Micale will create and run an after-school arts program for an underserved middle school in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Commitment by: Andrés Osorio and Ana María Lazareff
School: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Summary: Andrés Osorio and Ana María Lazareff will partner with a local soccer academy in Bogotá, Colombia to inspire more Colombian youths to pursue secondary education.
Green for AAMU
Commitment by: Nara McCray, Samjulien Carlisle, and Brittany Boma
School: Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University
Summary: McCray, Carlisle, and Boma will tackle water waste head-on, by expanding their current campus awareness program through the end of the school year.
Community Interfaith Worm Project
Commitment by: Elizabeth Schmick and Beth Runcie
School: Des Moines University
Summary: Elizabeth Schmick and Beth Runcie will partner with faith-based organizations in Iowa and Oregon to create new income opportunities to unemployed community members.
Commitments by: Burcu Kilinc and Shai Tal
Schools: Istanbul Bilgi University and Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Summary: As teachers for the Mediterranean Youth Technology Club (MYTecC), Burcu Kilinc and Shai Tal will lead classes in their respective home countries of Turkey and Israel, to teach young students critical thinking and communications skills through interactive activities with students from neighboring countries in the Middle East.
Egyptians Speaking to Empower
Commitment by: Lamees El-sadek
School: Johns Hopkins University
Summary: This summer, Lamees El-sadek will travel to Cairo, Egypt to recruit a group of local high school students from diverse backgrounds to address social injustices through a photo documentation project.
The Hilltop Microfinance Initiative
Commitment by: Alex Honjiyo, Will Miller, and Craig Melcher
School: Georgetown University
Summary: As a solution to the high unemployment and poverty rates in Washington, D.C., Alex Honjiyo, Will Miller, and Craig Melcher will provide business education and microloans to low-income, minority entrepreneurs in the D.C. area, as part of their Hilltop Microfinance Initiative.
The Jiquilisco Inclusive Farmers Market
Commitment by: Ceferino Jandres
Summary: In his hometown of Jiquilisco, El Salvador, Ceferino Jandres will establish an inclusive famers market to create economic opportunities and security for rural farmers, and improve access to nutritious food for the entire community.
Girls Make Change through Engineering
Commitment by: Christine Schindler
School: Duke University
Summary: Christine Schindler will pair Duke engineering students with girls age 14 – 17 to complete Engineering World Health Kits to inspire these girls about opportunities in engineering while also making a difference in the world.
Commitment by: Annie Kennelly, Merissa Garvey, Laura Schmucker, and Alex Fortenko
School: The George Washington University
Summary: Annie Kennelly, Merissa Garvey, Laura Schmucker, and Alex Fortenko will increase access to nutritious baby food for the marginalized neighborhood of Ward 8 in Washington, D.C., through community partnerships and mobile networks.
Commitment by: Keep America Beautiful
Summary: To combat the surge of waste produced by college students moving out at the end of the school year, Keep America Beautiful (KAB) will launch the MoveOut-Maynia pilot program at five colleges and universities in the KAB network. They will recruit facility personnel and engage student volunteers to promote and staff end-of-year recycling programs and help prevent recyclable materials from ending up in landfills.
HIA International Conference in Sarajevo
Commitment by: Humanity in Action
Summary: In 2012, Humanity in Action (HIA) will host its third annual HIA Conference and for the first time in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This annual gathering brings together 250 young, established leaders, including 40 Bosnian students representing a cross-section of ethnic and religious communities, committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship around the world.
The following progress reports were announced for previously made commitments:
Environmental Education for the Next Generation (CGI U 2011)
Commitment by: Ryland King
School: University of California, Santa Barbara
Summary: Ryland King founded Environmental Education for the Next Generation (EENG) in 2009 to empower and educate youth on environmental issues by linking college volunteers with 1st and 2nd grade students. Out of more than 3,300 entries, EENG won $100,000 in a social media contest on Facebook, and has since expanded from teaching 25 students to over 2,500 students in four cities across California.
Empowerment through Integration (CGI U 2009)
Commitment by: Sara Minkara
School: Tufts University
Summary: In 2009, Sara Minkara received the CGI U Outstanding Commitment Award for Empowerment through Integration when she opened Camp Rafiqi, an integrated summer camp in Tripoli, Lebanon. To combat the social stigma of blindness in Lebanon, Camp Rafiqi brings together sighted children with the visually impaired for an immersive experience that teaches confidence and growth in both groups.
Mission Aqua (CGI U 2011)
Commitment by: Raghabendra KC
School: Rollins College
Summary: At CGI U 2011, Raghabendra KC of Mission Aqua and Rollins College met and partnered with fellow Nepalese students from Westminster College-Missouri and St. John’s College-New Mexico. The new team behind Mission Aqua received two Davis Project for Peace grants, which enabled them to successfully install water purifiers in 16 rural Nepalese schools, found a first-of-its-kind community center in the same rural area, and help set up a surgical health camp in Doti, Nepal, treating hundreds of patients.
BareAbundance (CGI U 2011)
Commitment by: Jacquelyn Hoffman and Komal Ahmad
School: University of California, Berkeley
Summary: Since attending CGI U 2011, Jacquelyn Hoffman has led her organization BareAbundance to address food inequality in the Bay Area. BareAbundance has received grants from both UC Berkeley and the University’s Blum Center for Developing Economies helping them to launch both an undergraduate course teaching food justice awareness, and an afterschool nutrition education program at an elementary school in East Oakland.
South Asian Health Initiative (CGI U 2011)
Commitment by: Devesh Vashishtha and Arvin Wali
School: University of California, San Diego
Summary: In 2011, the South Asian Health Initiative (SAHI) committed to raising awareness in the South Asian community of the high prevalence of heart disease and hypertension among that group. Through health screenings at a cultural center in Irvine, California, SAHI has now shifted its emphasis towards engaging their screening patients in a dialogue about healthy lifestyle choices. They will launch a new screening site in San Diego, and plan to reach 1,000 total screenings by June 2012.
The Magazine and the Girl Effect: An Approach to Female Empowerment and Development in Sierra Leone (CGI U 2011)
Commitment by: Fatmata and Mariama Kabia
School: University of Pennsylvania
Summary: After civil war had a particularly devastating effect on the young female population in Sierra Leone, sisters Fatmata and Mariama Kabia committed to creating a unique, community-driven magazine for teenage girls in Sierra Leone that will promote literacy, female leadership, and economic development. Since participating in CGI U 2011, Fatmata and Mariama developed a clear business plan, conducted focus groups in Sierra Leone, and assembled an advisory board. The pilot issue of Memunatu Magazine will launch in April 2012.
Empowering Landfill Communities through Energy, Education, and Entrepreneurship (CGI U 2011)
Commitment by: Nasir Uddin
School: Rutgers University
Summary: At CGI U last year, Nassir Uddin committed to using a sustainable model to improve the lives of 2,000 waste-pickers living in the Matuail Landfill in Bangladesh. Uddin and the organization Em[POWER] conducted Participatory Action Research to understand the community’s needs, then applied their findings to the development of a short term implementation plan. Their pilot program will provide education, healthcare, and electricity to the landfill workers and children.