President Clinton and Clinton Global Initiative University attendees collaborate with the University of Texas at Austin in a community service project in East AustinFebruary 16, 2009
Austin, TX - President Bill Clinton joined over 500 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) attendees and University of Texas at Austin students, faculty and staff members in a traditional "Day of Service" project at the Rosewood Park and recreation Center in East Austin.
Since the university's volunteer project began, it has involved more than 16,000 volunteers and contributed to an estimated 53,000 hours of service in seven Austin neighborhoods. The project is coordinated by the university's Volunteer and Service Learning Center, and cooperates with Keep Austin Beautiful.
"It's appropriate that we conclude this weekend focused on service by turning words in action," President Clinton said. "I'm pleased that The Project would invite us to be here today, to give myself and so many UT students the opportunity to do our part to clean up Rosewood Park."
The project concludes the two-day CGI U conference where over 1,000 students representing 318 schools, 60 countries, and all 50 states attended, along with nearly 100 university administrators and almost 70 leaders of National Youth Organizations. Over 1700 CGI U Commitments have been made by students, universities and national youth organizations to impact pressing global issues.
CGI U builds on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, to engage college students and administrators to make commitments to address global issues with practical, innovative solutions.
About Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U)
CGI U, a project of Clinton Global Initiative, challenges college students and universities to address global problems with practical, innovative solutions. At the CGI U Meeting, young people and universities do more than simply discuss the world's challenges – they take concrete steps toward solving them. To learn more, visit CGIU.org.
About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 100 current and former heads of state, 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, hundreds of leading global CEOs, heads of foundations and major philanthropists, directors of the most effective non-governmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 1,300 commitments valued at $46 billion, which have already impacted more than 200 million lives in 150 countries. Commitments made at the 2008 Annual Meeting are expected to affect almost 160 million people. CGI will hold its Fifth Anniversary Meeting from September 22-25, 2009 in New York City.
Anyone can make their own Commitment to Action at MyCommitment.org.
For more information please visit ClintonGlobalInitiative.org.