The Bronx TimesBronx Teens Advocate on Capitol HillJuly 21 2009
Ten Bronx teens will join 90 other students from around the nation on Capitol Hill today to advocate for youth violence prevention with the offices of Rep. Jose Serrano and Sen. Charles Schumer. After working with the World Vision charity (based locally in the Bronx) in a 20-week leadership and advocacy program, the teens from urban and rural areas alike, are prepared with solutions to the pressing problems that affect them and their communities.
Chicago TribuneChicago shootings: Austin girl will leave gunfire behind to visit Capitol HillJuly 17, 2009
When 17-year-old Arielle Arzu hears gunfire, she turns off the lights -- if there's time -- and hits the floor.
"It happens so often that it's become a routine," said Arzu, who lives in Chicago's Austin Neighborhood. She rolled her eyes and sighed, "It's gotten to be it's just another thing that I hate to do. We're just so used to it." That is what she would like to tell members of Congress when she goes to Capitol Hill Saturday with the Youth Empowerment Project, which teaches teens to effect change in their neighborhoods. The Youth Empowerment Project is a program of World Vision, a Christian nonprofit organization.
The Associated PressSurvey: Economic downturn leads to gang violenceJuly 16, 2009
SEATTLE—Most people believe the economic downturn has led to more gang violence, according to a new national survey released Thursday. Of adults interviewed at the end of June by Harris Interactive, 71 percent said gang violence among youth is increasing as a result of the current economic climate. Dana Markow, vice president of Harris Interactive's youth center, said she found it interesting that the public was speaking so clearly on gang issues. Markow emphasized the gang poll, which was paid for by World Vision, a Federal Way, Wash., nonprofit that is combating youth violence around the world, surveyed all adults about what they thought about youth violence, not just parents.
Cherokee Tribune (GA)30 Hour FamineApril 25, 2009
Cherokee County youths are starving themselves today in an effort to raise awareness of global hunger. More than 40 young people will be fasting and camping out in a makeshift town of cardboard boxes today at Sixes United Methodist Church. The church on Ridge Road, along with City on a Hill United Methodist Church in Canton, is fasting as part of 30 Hour Famine, an international program of World Vision. The Christian humanitarian charity organization works with communities worldwide to address the causes of poverty and injustice.
Hartford CourantU.S. shifts into third at Boston MarathonApril 21, 2009
One threw down her gloves. The other threw down the biblical story of Elijah. Neither Kara Goucher nor Ryan Hall would end up winning the 113th Boston Marathon, yet the reaction to their third-place finishes was as fine an indication as any how much American distance running has rebounded. . . . Hall is a fascinating young man, empowered with his wife, Sara, to do religious and charity work in Third World nations. "I want to show people anything is possible and do more than run fast times and win titles," said Hall, who works with Team World Vision and Invisible Children. "Being in Zambia [on a project to bring clean water to a village], the basic level of fitness was so much higher. These little girls with school books, running with my wife and I, six-minute miles and they're laughing the whole time. To them, it's fun.
Today’s SunbeamYouth group hungers to understand homelessApril 18, 2009
Members of Teens of Faith United came together here Friday evening at the First Baptist Church on South Main Street to build a cardboard village as part of their 30-hour project, "Starve for Food." . . . As part of program, the students fast to raise money for an organization called World Vision. For the past couple of weeks, students have been asking for sponsors in order to raise the money. The money used will go towards feeding children in Africa.
Judi Bowers, Big Bear GrizzlyRyan Hall tackles BostonApril 15, 2009
. . . Q:
Are you able to find time during your training schedule for yours and Sara’s dedication to missionary work? A:
We have been able to be more involved with missions work since getting involved with World Vision. We recently went to Zambia this past October to visit the water projects that Team World Vision raised nearly a million dollars for. It was an amazing trip that has been very inspiring for my buildup to Boston. We are really excited to be doing the two things we love together, running and helping people all over the world. Basically, we make videos and give talks to encourage people to run to help the poor by raising support for whatever races they may be running. It gives us and them a lot more purpose to our running.
Cherry Hill Courier PostLocal youth starve to raise awareness, moneyApril 15, 2009
Local teens & youth groups will participate in World Vision's 30 Hour Famine getting a real taste of hunger to help feed and care for children living in extreme poverty around the world. They join half a million teens nationwide aiming to raise more than $12 million to fight world hunger.
Richard Craver, MyNC.comJumping the horn on UNC victory can be costlyApril 8, 2009
No lead is safe when it comes to starting the presses on printing championship T-shirts. That's why Mike Steele, the operations manager of NVizion Inc. and a North Carolina fan, waited until there was just one minute left in the Tar Heels' NCAA title victory over Michigan State before giving the OK to his 30-employee crew to begin a printing all-nighter. Not that Steele is superstitious or lacked confidence after the Tar Heels built up a 21-point halftime lead and thwarted Michigan State's second-half rallies. Steele said he knows that jumping the gun in printing authentic championship T-shirts can be costly financially if the other team rallies to victory. Just ask the companies that ahead of time printed 2008 Super Bowl championship T-shirts touting a perfect 17-0 season by the New England Patriots, only to have the New York Giants put on a rally to knock off the Patriots in the last minute. Many of those Patriots T-shirts ended up being donated to a mission effort in Nicaragua being run by World Vision, a Christian youth-advocacy group.
Winston-Salem JournalUNC’s NCAA victory means business for T-shirt companyApril 7, 2009
North Carolina's fifth NCAA championship title appeared all but assured at halftime last night when the Tar Heels holding a 21-point lead over Michigan State. But Mike Steele, the operations manager of NVizion Inc., a screen-printing company in King, was not about to start the presses even though he knew an all-nighter was ahead of him and his crew of 30 employees after UNC's 89-72 win. Not that Steele, a Carolina fan, was superstitious. Rather, he knows that jumping the gun in printing authentic locker-room title T-shirts could have cost the company tens of thousands of dollars for merchandise that could not be sold. Just ask the companies that printed Super Bowl championship T-shirts in anticipation of a 19-0 finish by the New England Patriots last year; instead, the New York Giants in the 2008 Super Bowl came back late in the game to beat the Patriots and win the title. Many of the Patriots T-shirts ended up being donated as part of a World Vision mission effort in Nicaragua.
Harvard PostPainting with light: One woman’s journey through photosApril 7, 2009. . .
Working with Burns has been Harasimowicz’s first foray into nature photography. Their book “The Hive Detectives,” part of Houghton Mifflin’s Scientists in the Field Series, is a children’s science book about the dwindling honeybee population, slated for publication next spring. “Citizen Scientist” will be out in 2011. Her first book, “Northern Uganda 2008,” chronicles her trip to that country through World Vision. “I’ve done one and a half books so far,” she said.
Jeff Abeln, mysouthwestga.comFormer gang member turned around by World VisionApril 5, 2009
If persevering through tough times builds character, then this person you're about to meet is a saint, however he wasn’t always righteous. At one point in his life he lacked passion, drive, and direction. 20-year-old Anthony Mackey is six years removed from being an Albany gang member. . . . John Watson is an employee who works with World Vision, an organization that helps kids. He says he was just in the right place at the right time when he met Anthony. “The biggest change he had in his life is when he changed his mind. When you begin to change your mind that’s when you truly begin to enter into that process to doing better. I just happened to be there when he changed his mind. All I was able to do was provide opportunities for him. It was up to him to accept those opportunities and make the most of it.”
Delivrine Registre, WALB (Albany, GA)World Vision is prepared for the worstApril 4, 2009
Many families weren't ready when heavy rains and flash flooding forced their families out of their homes. Some of those families were housed in a shelter. And that is where World Vision would step in with their emergency personal care kits.
The Lake Norman Times (NC)One to Know: The Goat Girls Surprised By Success of Fundraising CampaignMarch 31, 2009
Molly Frowine and Maggie Peterson are still surprised they have been so successful with their Boats for Goats campaign...Last year, the girls raised over $52,000 with Boats for Goats for World Vision's program, which was equitable to 695 goats at $75 apiece through the Christian humanitarian organization.