Food for thought: Vancouver youth meet peers from Tanzania to discuss global food crisis

    World Vision Youth Empowered leadership conference brings 100 students

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - Vancouver youth welcome Grace Makundi, 16, and
Baraka Musa, 14, visiting student leaders from Tanzania, for the fifth annual
Youth Empowered leadership conference to discuss how to take action against
hunger, poverty and injustice.
    More than 100 Vancouver students are expected to participate in World
Vision's Youth Empowered leadership conference, the third of four national
events taking place in major cities across Canada including Ottawa, Toronto
and Winnipeg.

    WHAT:   An award-winning, high-energy event that educates local youth
            about pressing global issues through interactive workshops and
            discussions. With the global food crisis threatening to push 35
            million children deeper into poverty, this year's conference will
            focus on the global food crisis and how youth can take action to
            help millions of people meet the basic necessities of life.

    WHEN:   Friday, February 20, 2009
            Conference registration: 8:00 a.m.
            Workshop sessions: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    WHERE:  McMath Secondary School
            4251 Garry Street, Richmond, British Columbia, V7E 2T9

    WHO:    Students from schools in the Vancouver area
            Special guest speakers Grace Makundi and Baraka Musa, student
            leaders from Tanzania
            Connor Scheu, World Vision Youth Ambassador from B.C

    WHY:    World Vision will be engaging youth on global issues and
            encouraging them to take action against hunger, poverty and
            injustice by providing them with the tools and resources
            necessary to strengthen their leadership skills and make a
            difference in the world.

    Thousands of Vancouver students join the fight against hunger by
participating in Canada's longest running youth action campaign, the World
Vision 30 Hour Famine every year. More than 100,000 Canadian youth will
participate in the World Vision 30 Hour Famine again this year, April 3-4,
2009. Their goal is to raise $5 million for projects in areas most devastated
by the global food crisis.

    World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion,
race, ethnicity or gender. To learn more about World Vision, please visit

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Flores, (905) 565-6200 ext. 3497, (416) 277-5563 (cell),; Corina Chevalier, (905) 565-6200 ext. 3899,

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