As I was cleaning out my various inboxes of messages that accumulated during my vacation and other “out of office” time I came across a very interesting post on SECUSS-L (from Sept. 1st) and I thought I would post to IHEC Blog about it. My post is a simple copy and paste job of the original SECUSS-L message (with permission):
Do you believe in the power of study abroad? Like the idea of students experiencing study abroad in high school, and then creating a natural pipeline to longer term study abroad experiences at the college level? Think it’s important that more minority students have access, and the opportunity, to study abroad? Want more high school students coming in to higher education poised to approach college with a maturity born out of a study abroad experience? Think students need to learn through experiences, and take command over foreign languages?
Then read on...
If we win the Pepsi Refresh Project for the month of September, we will expand our program to more schools, offer language and culture classes for specific countries, create an intense cultural immersion summer program and offer financial assistance for students ready to study abroad this year. *But we can only accomplish all of this with your vote!*
*Here is what we are asking you to do:*
1) *Vote today and everyday for the month of September!* You can do so in two ways: Visit http://Pep.si/9fqurK to go directly to our voting page and vote online or you can use your cell phone and text 102524 to Pepsi (73774)!
2) Recruit 5 friends to vote everyday for the month of September. We need a HUGE group of people willing to commit to voting on a DAILY basis for the month of September.
3) Learn more about our mission, learn more about the programs offered over the past year, and see videos of our students in action so you can spread the word about what we do. Visit our website at http://www.yourworldnextdoor.org and check out our facebook page:
If you have any questions, ideas for promoting this project, or comments please feel free to contact Chris Magnuson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Beth Mora, Program Assistant, at email@example.com.