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UNICEF Campus Initiative Newsletter

September, 2012 Volume 3, Issue 1

Welcome! Welcome back to another exciting year with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Campus Initiative. This year we have six new dedicated and passionate student leaders on our National Council that are here to help you with anything and everything your campus club needs. We will be your connection to the Fund and can assist clubs with everything from planning a fundraiser to ideas about member retention. If you are in zone 1 your National Council member is Brittany Stopa from Vassar College. If you are in Zone 2 it is Priya Parikh from Rutgers University. Zone 3 you have Carey Utz from the Ohio State University. Zone 4 your contact will be Soraiya Thura from Virginia Commonwealth University. Anyone who is in Zone 5 your member is Jackie Garcia from Texas A&M University. And finally if you are in zone 6 your contact is Cynthia Espinoza from University of California, Los Angeles. Look for an email from your council member and if you have not yet received one please contact us at campus@unicefusa.org! Have you received the back-to-school kit yet? If not then send the updated mailing address for your school to campus@unicefusa.org as soon as possible! It contains great tools such as posters, a DVD, t-shirts, a USB drive with important documents about UNICEF, ideas for different events and a lot of educational and awareness material! And be sure to check out our video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjjvYNOyhN4&feature=youtu.be

Campus Summits The U.S Fund for UNICEF will be hosting the UNICEF Student Summits this October in four different locations, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington D.C. The Houston and Los Angeles summit will be held Saturday October 13th and the Chicago and Washington D.C Summit will take place Saturday October 20th. The summit will be a great opportunity for student leaders and members to share best practices, participate in skill and knowledge building workshops, and bring the most recent UNICEF resources back to their clubs. It will provide resources to build stronger leadership and volunteerism in your community. Registration is now open at http://actioncenter.unicefusa.org/what/activities-and-events/unicefstudent-summits/index.jsp For travel reimbursements please visit http://www.unicefusa.org/news/releases/us-fund-for-unicef-1.html!

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Inside this issue:

Action Center The Action Center is a new site that allows UNICEF volunteers to share materials and get a look into events from other schools. This site will be handy in giving Campus Initiative leaders new fundraising, education and advocacy ideas that have been successful elsewhere. Once you make an account you will be taken to your dashboard where you will be able to join other groups such as the UNICEF Campus Initiative and Trick or Treat for UNICEF. After you’ve joined those groups you will have different messages from each club you’ve just joined, welcoming you to the group. My personal favorite feature on the action center is “Find a Fundraiser” where you can just type in your zip code and find UNICEF related fundraisers near you and if there aren’t any, you can start one. The application to do that is linked just above the map. Of course there are several other useful features on the Action Center such as a volunteer directory, readily available UNICEF news and forums where everyone can raise issues and get advise in order to run a successful UNICEF club. Get started on the action center today!

Welcome

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Campus Summits

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Action Center

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Crisis in Syria

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Trick or Treat for UNICEF

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Global Poverty Project

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Campus Challenge Register your campus team for “The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF and ACUI Campus Challenge”. For more information and to register go to: www.unicefusa.org/campusc hallenge UNICEF campuses across the country raised over $232,927 for UNICEF's lifesaving programs during last year's Campus Challenge.


UNICEF Campus Initiative Newsletter Crisis in Syria

"These groups have destroyed more than 2,600 schools and kindergartens. They have also targeted health centers. These are acts that are detailed in UNICEF reports. It is these armed groups who are violating the rights of Syria's children." - Al Jazeera,9/20/12

In the midst of the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic, schools have been used to house displaced individuals and families. The Syrian Cabinet decided to form a committee to work towards the goal of relocating the families back into homes, and their former homes when it’s possible to do so. In places like Qadam and Daraya in Syria, the heat of violence has influenced the displacement of many families. UNICEF Representative in the Syrian Arab Republic Youssouf Abdel Jelil said that the main goal is to get families back to safe places and housing, and get children back into schools. In addition, UNICEF is working alongside NGOs and national groups to emphasize recreation for the students in the schools where children and families have been displaced. Volunteers have noted the positive impact of the activities on the students’ lives, such as art classes, music, and theater. About half of the more than 150,000 individuals who have been displaced in Syria are under 18. In addition to the displaced children in Syria, hundreds of families and children have

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Programmes in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan work to protect children. needed to seek refuge in other nearby countries in refugee camps, such as in Iraq. UNICEF and UNHCR have been developing classrooms for the camps to ensure that no child from Syria is left without their right to education, even with the crisis in their country taking place.

Trick or Treat for UNICEF Trick or Treat for UNICEF began in 1950 with children wanting to collect funds to aid children around the world. Since then, over $165 million has been raised through the Trick or Treat campaign. After much success over the years, we’re excited to make this year’s campaign even better! New this year, the collection boxes will feature a cast of Halloween characters, plus a blank collection box for kids (or adults!) to make your own character! There are 3 different age

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Stay in touch with your national council member! Email us at: campus@unicefusa.org Don’t forget to include your zone number or at least your school name in the subject line. We’ll get back to you just as soon as we can!

Unfortunately, everyday19,000 children are dying from preventable diseases. UNICEF’s manifesto of “Believe in Zero” is to reduce that number to zero. UNICEF has inspired UNICEF volunteers nationwide to take action for its mission. Not only have thousands of volunteers supported UNICEF’s work, but other organizations, such as the Global Poverty Project, have joined forces with UNICEF to help those in need as well. The Global Poverty Project along with the US Fund for UNICEF will be hosting the Global Citizen Festival at Central Park in New York City on September 29th, 2012

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groups and campuses are encouraged to submit entries. If they submit their box design by October 26th to the Create-A-Character Contest, their box could be included in next year’s cast line-up! Check out the Trick or Treat for UNICEF website for how to order your collection boxes, ways to participate, and stories about what the donations have done for children around the world: http://youth.unicefusa.org/trickortreat/

The Global Poverty Project with UNICEF will be addressing the issues of extreme poverty, working for the survival and development of children around the world. Black Keys & the Foo Fighters will be performing that night, connecting us all together for one cause, one mission- to save lives. The Global Festival is being powered by the Global Poverty Project. The Global Poverty Project is an advocacy and educational organization used to catalyze the movement for “End Polio” as well as supporting the movement to eradicate extreme poverty. The vision for the Global Poverty Project is to see a world without extreme poverty within a generation. The Global Poverty Project has motivated people to take action and support international issues. One way to encourage the public to take action for global issues is by informing the public about


Campus Initiative September 2012 Newletter  

The September issue of the Campus Initiative newsletter contains updates for all campus clubs, a news brief on Syria, information about Tric...

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