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2012.04.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Maja Mihalinec - MaverickPR
phone: 402.968.8350 - email: mmihalinec@unomaha.edu

UNO Partners to Create Community Change Through Global Youth Service Day Activities

Omaha - The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) will host a Hike to Help Refugees event as part of series of Global Youth Service Day projects on Friday, April 20, at the Turning Point youth services center located at 3223 N. 45 St.

The hike is scheduled to begin at 10:30 am while check-in for other Global Youth Service Day service activities begin at 8:30 a.m. and include working with local parks and local nonprofit organizations.

The goal of the hike is to educate and engage youth in solving critical global issues.

This year Central High School's junior English students and their "American Experience" curriculum connections partnered with Hike to Help Refugees to create learning stations about the experiences of refugees as part of a P-16 Initiative service learning project. Students will also participate in the walk.

“More than 600 volunteers from UNO and the community participated in last year’s event and more participants are expected this year,” said Kathleen Oleson Lyons, director of UNO Student Community Leadership and Service.

A brief closing ceremony will include Sudanese refugee Seth Mock, who currently owns a small business in Omaha; Cathy Finney of USA for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees); and Margaret Hahn of Hike to Help Refugees. UNO will provide lunch for participants.

Event attendees are encouraged to bring small electronics to be donated to Recycle 4 Refugees, a program that collects small electronics for green recycling, with 100 percent of donations going to Hike to Help Refugees.

Register today at http://www.unomaha.edu/serve/gysd2012.php.

For more information, please contact MaverickPR media relations coordinator Maja Mihalinec at 402.968.8350 or mmihalinec@unomaha.edu; Lucy Garza Westbrook, Service Learning Academy, at 402.554.3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu; Jayme Prisbell, Central High School at jayme.prisbell@ops.org; Jane Luethge, Central High School, at jane.luethge@ops.org; Kailyn Watson, OPS, at kailyn.watson@ops.org; Margaret Hahn, Hike to Help Refugees, at 712.527.5521; or Kathe Oleson, Student Community Leadership and Service, at kathleeoleson@unomaha.edu.

The Service Learning Academy P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between the university and K-12 schools with the purpose of connecting curriculum to community needs through the development of academic service learning experiences.

Global Youth Service Day is April 20-22, 2012 when millions of children, teens, and young adults, ages 5-25, and adult allies and champions work together to be a part of the largest, and longest-running, annual day of service, and the only day of service dedicated to engaging and celebrating children and youth.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Hike to Help Refugees has been educating communities about and raising funds for USA for UNHCR since 2002. Our dedicated community of volunteers from Nebraska and Iowa exists to support the humanitarian work of the United Nations Refugee Agency which provides protection, shelter, food, water, sanitation and medical care to more than 34 million refugees worldwide.

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