To: National Desk, Assignment Desk
WHAT: VOYAGE (Voices of Young Americans for Global Engagement) is launching its "Citizenship Goes Global" tour with founder Nate Olson, 21, departing for Ethiopia. Future "Citizenship Goes Global" trips will take VOYAGE members and selected partners to more third-world countries in order to highlight other key global issues.
On his return Olson will issue a brief report and will be available for comment.
WHEN: August 20 – September 1
WHY: With this visit VOYAGE hopes to illuminate what aid agencies call "the world's greatest humanitarian crisis." Ethiopia, ranked 169 of 173 in the United Nations Human Development Index, is experiencing its most severe hunger emergency since 1984. More than 12 million people there are dependent on food aid.
WHO: VOYAGE is a team of eight young people, including the youngest-ever Rhodes Scholar and a U.S. Marine, working to reinvigorate the national dialogue on America's global role with a "fresh voice." The organization aims particularly to engage America's youth – the so-called "Generation 9/11" – in a conversation on the responsibilities they will have upon inheriting the earth's sole superpower.
"Ethiopia's hunger crisis is typical of the challenges that Generation 9/11 will face in the decades to come," Olson said. "For reasons both moral and more practical, we have an obligation to act."
For more information, visit the group's Web site at http://www.voyageweb.org/.