|Title||WorldLink Meeting Gives Local Youth Voice on Global Issues|
|Contact E-mail||harman, at sandiego.edu|
|Contact Phone||(619) 260-4682|
The 13th annual WorldLink Youth Town meeting at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice will give hundreds of high school students from San Diego and Baja a voice in fighting global poverty. The event takes place Friday, Jan. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The opening keynote speech takes place in the Shiley Theatre, just up the street from the institute. Remaining sessions are in the institute.
Poverty is an issue that plagues us both here and abroad – with 12.6 percent of San Diego’s population living at the poverty level and nearly 8,000 homeless, according to the Regional Task Force for the Homeless in San Diego. Students will be exploring these issues at sessions including “Global Poverty in Our Own Backyard: Helping the Homeless in San Diego.”
Other sessions during the meeting include:
Through the program’s emphasis on global citizenship, students will learn about the issues facing our local and international community and engage in thoughtful discussions about potential solutions in a form where their voices are heard and valued. Students gain valuable leadership skills by being involved in every aspect of the meeting from choosing speakers and topics and deciding on the theme for next year’s meeting.
Students will engage in discussions with experts in the field from global agencies including the U.S. Agency for International Development; Human Rights Watch and Heifer International, focusing on issues of education, health care, food security, trade and finance, infrastructure and governance.
More than 700 students will attend the WorldLink youth Town Meeting that is grounded in the belief that youth have much to offer and much to gain from discussions with experts and professionals regarding the complexities and challenges of global affairs.
For a complete list of briefing topics and additional information on the WorldLink program, go to http://peace.sandiego.edu/programs/worldlink.
About the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice