Students to Participate in Clinton Global Initiative Event

Feb. 6, 2009 -

Two Redlands students will participate in sessions on using technology to ease poverty, the need for visionary leadership and social change in education, and how the environment affects health as part of an event at the University of Texas at Austin.

Kara van Stralen and Jake Rogers will attend the Clinton Global Initiative University event Feb. 13-15. The program is patterned after the Clinton Global Initiative, an effort by former President Bill Clinton to bring together world leaders and encourage action on global issues.

As part of the program, the students also will lead their own volunteer initiatives in the Redlands community. Van Stralen plans to put together a resource guidebook that includes information on area volunteer needs.

Rogers is going to raise money for school supplies, games and other resources for youth centers in Argentina. The centers, called comedores, typically provide food to children twice a day and also offer some recreational activities. Because of shipping expenses, he plans to mail money so contacts there can purchase supplies. One friend, who is going to Argentina, also is set to transport some games and other items, Rogers said.

A variety of projects have been undertaken by students and university officials internationally as part of the Clinton initiative, which was launched in 2007. Some of these have included a campus bike share program, the distribution of potentially life-saving water filtration kits, and the design of medical backpacks for nomadic doctors in Africa.

In addition to seminars and panel discussions, students will work together on a community service project in the Austin area. Students also will receive skills training in areas including leadership, media relations and technology.

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