Billy and all who have expressed their caring - I can't thank you enough. This is the hardest time I've ever had to face. I hope everyone at Converge South has a productive meeting of the minds - and a great time.
John Edwards Invites Young People to Join the Fight Against Poverty Cross-posted at One America
"In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we have a historic opportunity. The country is hungry for change and we do not have to live in an America that accepts poverty as a fact of life or chooses to ignore it. At so many critical moments in our nation's history, it has been our young people who have made a difference, and that's why I am asking them to join me and their peers in making the eradication of poverty the cause of this generation."
The goal of Project Opportunity is to get more young people involved in their communities and to encourage them to advocate and promote policies that expand opportunity.
The tour will be making stops at:
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill — October 17 University of Missouri - Columbia — October 18 Yale University — October 19 Harvard University — October 20 Dartmouth College — October 21 University of Texas - Austin — October 24 University of California - Berkeley — October 25 University of Wisconsin - Madison — October 26 Florida A&M University — October 27 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor — October 28
Young people who already care about the issue of poverty are concerned that too many of their peers have given up on public service. Students will be asked to take the Project Opportunity pledge and commit to 20 hours of community service per semester. Local service opportunities will be posted on the Project Opportunity website, providing web-based tools for recruiting friends and tracking service efforts, and providing a forum for students to blog about their experiences and learn from and meet each other.
In order to beat poverty, good policies are necessary. Good people are needed to get good policies put in place. As individuals, many young people understand they can accomplish much, but they realize that corporations, the government, and even the colleges and universities they attend need to do their share. At the encouragement of Senator Edwards, Project Opportunity will press for policy solutions at the local and national level, and work with their own colleges and universities to maximize their impact in the fight against poverty.