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

    World Vision Youth Empowered leadership conference brings 100 students

    WINNIPEG, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - Winnipeg 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 Winnipeg students are expected to participate in World
Vision's Youth Empowered leadership conference, the second of four national
events taking place in major cities across Canada including Ottawa, Toronto
and Vancouver.

    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:  Tuesday, February 17, 2009
           Conference registration: 8:00 a.m.
           Workshop sessions: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Canad Inns - Polo Park
           1405 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3G 0K5

    WHO:   Students from schools in the Winnipeg area
           Special guest speakers Grace Makundi and Baraka Musa, student
           leaders from Tanzania
           Shimby Zegeye-Gebrehiwot, World Vision Youth Ambassador from

    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
           strengthen their leadership skills and make a difference in the

    Thousands of Winnipeg 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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For further information: or to arrange an interview contact: Karen
Flores, (905) 565-6200 ext. 3497, (416) 277-5563 (cell),; Corina Chevalier, (905) 565-6200 ext. 3899,

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