FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former U.S. senator Gary Hart and 22-year-old VOYAGE founder Nate Olson, writing in the March 14 edition of the Denver Rocky Mountain News, highlighted the opportunities that globalization presents for young Americans to act on the world's humanitarian needs.
"We have a greater national purpose than mere self-protection," they said. "Blending a superpower's trade, travel and technological tools with an old-fashioned desire to help others, young people can export hope to the forgotten places of the world while importing the same spirit of international solidarity that followed 9/11."
Olson, who just returned from a visit to Israel and the West Bank, said today that the need for a fresh voice in the national dialogue was growing. "In the coming months, when overheated presidential politics are sure to reduce complex issues to shouting matches, it will be especially important to speak out for a foreign policy based on reason, hope, compassion, and humility."
"We're honored that Senator Hart supports VOYAGE's vision," he continued. "And we're just getting warmed up. We're excited about taking our message to audiences across the country."
VOYAGE (Voices of Young Americans for Global Engagement) is a movement of young people working to inspire a globally engaged America. Through public outreach and grassroots networking, the group creates a variety of forums for youth to enrich the debate on America's role in the international community. The organization's other founding members, all aged 25 or less, include:
For more information, please visit the groupÕs home page at www.voyageweb.org.
Nate Olson (in Danville, Kentucky)
Alex Little (in Washington, D.C.)