By Ibrahim Dabo (@IbDabo)
The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), launched in 2007, is building on its model of engaging the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world to become agents of change and contribute significantly to the pool of human development.
In March 2012, more than a thousand students from around the world gathered in Washington, D.C., for the CGI U annual meeting, where they made commitments to bring change to their schools, communities and improve the lives of people across the world.
“You represent your generation, young people who have a greater ability to enact change than ever before,” said President Bill Clinton.
As a result of the Commitment to Actionin 2011, more than a 146,000 people have improved access to health care and social services, nearly 31,000 students have improved access to education and more than 1 million dollars have been raised for scholarships, humanitarian relief, hospitals and other worthy endeavors, President Clinton said.
In a society that is often marred by violence involving young people, it is pleasing to see so many college students around the world taking the initiative to turn the negative into something positive—enacting change, inspiring peers and making a difference in so many other ways.
CGI U has five areas of focus: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.
As more students continue to get involved in such initiatives, using their time, effort and creativity wisely to make a difference, the better society is positioned to stand up and face its direst challenges.
In September of this year, the Clinton Global Initiative will host its 8th Annual Meeting in New York City. The meeting, which addresses global issues, will convene heads of states, CEOs, leaders from the non-profit sector, and philanthropists from all across the world.
“Both CGI and CGI U are global networks of people seeking to use the resources at their disposal to make a difference in the world,” President Clinton said.